I just received an invitation from Terrafugia, a company run by some very smart ex-MIT types who are developing a "roadable aircraft".
Yep. A flying car.
Not just a paper project, but a vehicle just as real as Molt Taylor's AeroCar from the 1950s.
As of Christmas, Terrafugia CEO Carl Dietrich had said the composite Transition was in the final preparations for high speed taxi tests and perhaps, just maybe, first flight.
I hadn't heard anything more until I got this invite in the email just now...
If I were a betting man, I'd say FIRST FLIGHT has been completed, and that everyone walked away smiling.
Here are some additional details on the vehicle.
- $194,000 price tag
- Powered by a 100hp Rotax 912S four-stroke engine
- 100kt cruise speed and 400nm range (air)
A video Terrafugia posted on YouTube shows how the Transition transitions.