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07-03-2010, 12:45 AM #1
World’s First Flying Car : Terrafugia TransitionWorld’s first flying car on the roads from next year – yours for just £130,000
It’s been a pipe dream for 30 years but now the world’s first fully available flying car is set to hit the roads next year.
Ever since the Back to the Future movies lit up our screens in the 80s, designers have dreamt of an automobile that could take to the skies at the push of a button.
And now qualified pilots can order their very own Terrafugia Transition ‘roadable’ plane for just £127,000, with delivery planned for late next year.
The ‘light-sport airplane’ promises to bring more ‘flexibility and convenience to your flying’.
The plane, which has fold-out wings that span 27.5ft when extended, has an airborne range of 460 miles and can cruise at 115mph.
Back on terra firma, it is capable of travelling at ‘highway speeds’ in car mode.
Fuelling the 19ft long plane couldn’t be simpler – you just drive it into a petrol station and fill it up with unleaded.
It is powered by a 100 hp, Rotax 912S, four-stroke engine.
Unlike many ‘flying car’ concepts which use thrusters to take off vertically, the Transition needs a short runway to take to the air.
The spokeswoman added: ‘Never let questionable weather cancel or endanger your trip again.
‘You can simply divert and continue on the ground until the weather clears.’
You can secure your very own Transition aeroplane by simply paying a deposit of £6,500.
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