Yes, Mr. Jetson, your flying car is ready. Terrafugia, a company formed by MIT grad students, has finally gone and done it.
On AOL News this morning I found this feature article by Translogic. And if you’re a fly-freak like I am, you’ll wait out the stupid ad that plays before the good stuff begins. The interview video with Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich explains how the engine and transmission switch from drive to fly mode, how the wings lock in place and fold down again to fit into a single car garage, and how it runs on premium unleaded instead of aviation fuel.
It has all the safety features of a land-bound car and more than your average private single-engine plane. It’s FAA approved. But of course it’s way too expensive. Like $279,000 and change. That’s actually less than the best-selling Cessna 172, although a comment posted on the page points out that one could fly a conventional plane and rent a car many times over for less. True (sigh). But that’s not nearly as exciting.
I know, I know. They had the auto-gyro back in the 60s and numerous fly/float/submarine/drive vehicles by James Bond’s Q. And you may remember a video I posted some time back about a flying lawn mower created by retired Boeing engineers with too much time on their hands. None of these came into mainstream usage. And the Terrafugia Transition probably won’t, either. But watch these videos and tell me you don’t want one!