Ever since Back to the Future, I’ve always wondered when flying cars would become a practical reality. The idea is hardly new. People have toyed with the idea of making a car fly for decades. It seems that one company, Terrafugia, is about to make the flying car a reality.
The Terrafugia Transition is a car plane, capable of flying 500 miles on one tank of unleaded gas, at a cruising speed of 115 mph. On land, it can reach speeds of 90 mph. Both modes are powered by the same 100 hp engine.
Personally, I think it is terribly ugly. The Moller SkyCar is a much better looking machine, with much better numbers to boot. The Moller SkyCar uses 8 double stacked rotary engines to achieve vertical takeoff and landing. While not yet available, the first units are scheduled to be available either this year or early next. This flying car is so cool it was featured one of Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels!
Looks like my kids may be flying instead of driving when they turn 16 🙂