Since 2006, Terrafugia of Massachusetts has been developing a transforming flying car, with help from DARPA funding, and at EAA Airventure show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, US, transforming flying car Terrafugia Transition took to the sky in its first 10-minute public demo flight.
Image credit: Terrafugia
Check it out in action in the video below…
On the ground, the two-seater car keeps its wings folded – a transition that takes less than a minute – on either side of its body, has a top speed of 105 kilometers per hour. It can take simple, unleaded petrol in its 91-liter tank. Flying, the vehicle has a range of 660 kilometers in the air, plus a 30-minute fuel reserve, and a cruise flight speed of 160 kilometers per hour that burns 19 liters of fuel per hour.
At the Airventure show, the Terrafugia Transition took to the air for 10 minutes, circling the field before smoothly returning to the runway, folding up its wings and driving back.
At this point, the Transition is still in development — the vehicle on show at Airventure is the second of three prototypes. The vehicle is expected to be released in 2015 or 2016 and will cost around US$279,000.