Again someone tries to build a “flying car”. A company called Terrafugia Inc., located in the state of Massachusetts, is building the so called “Transition”, a roadable aircraft. The light plane is designed to change configurations, enabling it to operate as a traditional vehicle on public roads. The plane will be capable of flying at 115 miles per hour - in car mode top speed will be 70 to 80 miles per hour.
The “Transition” can carry two people plus luggage and will operate within a range of 100 to 500 miles (800 km), on a single tank of premium unleaded gas .
The estimated purchase price is $148,000. They’re planning test flights later this year.
The company’s CEO said, the design of the Terrafugia vehicle will address some of the problems that pilots encounter when they try to use their aircraft for actual travel, as opposed to weekend sightseeing. When they encounter bad weather in the Transition, they can simply land at the nearest airport and continue their journey on the road.
Read the full story at: http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2008/10/19/fighting_to_take_off/
If you ask me, this idea is just ridiculous.
Thanks to Scott for sending in this story!