Now here’s a piece of weird news I wasn’t expecting to hear today: A flying car completed its first test flight, and could be available for commercial production by the end of 2012.
The name of this flying beast is the The Terrafugia Transition.
Wow. I’m not even sure if I can pronounce that correctly.
The plane/car completed a successful test flight at Plattsburgh International Airport in New York, and the flight lasted eight minutes and reached an altitude of 1,400 feet.
The vehicle is going to make an appearance at the New York Auto Show later this month, and it’s expected to have a retail value of $279,000, according to the Washington Post.
And if you have an extra $10,000 just lying around, Terrafugia is already taking payments!
Aside from the strange name, and being given the strange categorization as a roadable aircraft, the hybrid car/plane looks really funky too.
Here’s a video that shows the vehicle in action! Pretty awesome!
What are your thoughts about a flying car? Is it a good idea, or just a silly concept?
I really love this photo that I found on Extreme Tech, that shows a man pumping gas into the flying car at a gas station like it’s no big deal.