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Drivable Plane For Sale Next Year, Still No Flying Car

Drivable Plane For Sale Next Year, Still No Flying Car

By Evan Ackerman

The problem with the future is that by definition, it keeps on getting closer but it’s never quite here. Frustrating. It seems that although we haven’t reached the flying car stage yet, we’ve managed to make it to drivable airplane. The Terrafugia Transition is basically a little airplane with a pusher prop, four wheels, and foldable wings that is certified by both the FAA as a light airplane and by the NHTSA as a street legal (and safe and insurable) automobile. It’s certainly innovative, but in a lot of ways, it’s extremely simple: there’s no ducted fans or thruster pods or pulse jets to let you take off out of traffic jams or anything… It’s really just an airplane. With enough foldy bits to make it a car.

As far as mechanics go, the Transition is gas powered, with a range of about 450 miles. Anyone can get in and drive the car, although you need key code to deploy the wings, so your kids (or your cat) won’t be able to take off in the car, so to speak. You will need a pilot’s license to fly the Transition, but just a light sport license, which is significantly cheaper and easier to obtain. The first Terrafugia Transition is scheduled to take to the air next month, and you should be able to buy one for yourself by the end of 2009, for $194,000. For that price, you could buy a new car and a new plane… But try driving them both at the same time.

Video (CG) after the jump.

[ Terrafugia ] VIA [ Popsci ]

  • Nikkita

    Oh, I always wondered why rich people needed that extra one-car garage next to the 2 car garage. Now I know they keep airplane cars in there. That's pretty cool too; I'll have to make friends with a few of those nice people.

  • falafo

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  • Busby

    Did someone already said that your blog is cool and very interesting to read?
    You are intelligent in writing this good article about airplane!

  • TestSEO

    people are not stopping on inventing, like in the plane in your post

  • onhighbeam

    Still after so many years I'm really looking forward to the flying car… but still no luck… Having a drivable plane could be such a hassle esp. in parking you know!

  • Mathew Caplan

    It definately has beginning potential. Hopefully, there will be a way to make it more… affordable, though all things considered it's not a bad price, and if the mileage is right, it is an extremely good deal. I wonder though if the repairs are economically sound or if it would cost a fortune for upkeep.

  • Audi Parts

    Yeah you got a plane on land. I wonder when can we get a car drivable on skies.

  • useddiggerderrick

    It is still cool even though it is not techically a flying car. We are almost there!!! Now we need to invent a flying Boom Trucks .