Flying Cars

Flying car takes to the air for first time
Posted on April 3, 2012 – 08:41 by Emma Woollacott

Terrafugia’s ‘street legal’ airplane has successfully taken its first flight, bringing the prospect of a flying car a big step closer.

The Transition Street-Legal Airplane is a two seat personal aircraft capable of driving on roads and highways, parking in a single car garage, and flying with unleaded automotive fuel.

The company currently has two functioning vehicles and is working on the manufacturing tool-up and compliance program necessary to begin commercial deliveries – expected to start within the next year.

“With this flight, the team demonstrated an ability to accomplish what had been called an impossible dream,” says Terrafugia CEO/CTO and co-founder Carl Dietrich.

“We look forward to continuing to show that the challenges of bringing a practical street legal airplane to market can be overcome. This is a very exciting time for Terrafugia. We are on our way up – literally and figuratively!”

The first flight reached an altitude of 1,400 feet and lasted eight minutes.

“When I drove it into the shop, literally from the road through the garage door, I was amazed that I had just flown it at Plattsburgh a few days before,” says Terrafugia chief test pilot Phil Meteer.

“A long-overdue mode of transportation and fun is just around the corner. I can’t wait for the upcoming flight tests and the chance to ‘wring it out’”

The plane will be on display at the New York International Auto Show next week.



Introduce tus datos o haz clic en un icono para iniciar sesión:

Logo de

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Google+ photo

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Google+. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Imagen de Twitter

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Twitter. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Foto de Facebook

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Facebook. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )


Conectando a %s