Flying car makes maiden flight
The flying car took a major step towards becoming a reality when the Terrafugia completed its first test flight last week at Plattsburgh International Airport, in New York, USA.
Driven and flown by Colonel Phil Meeter, a retired USAF pilot, the flight took eight minutes and the Terrafugia went up to 1400-feet. It completed one circuit before coming in to land safely.
The Terrafugia is now on display at the New York International Auto Show and flight testing will continue after the show finishes.
Classed as a Light Sports Aircraft, the Terrafugia has a top speed of 115mph and cruises at 105mph in the air. It uses a 100bhp Rotax engine powering the rear wheels and a rear-mounted propeller.
Terrafugia reckons fully road- and airworthy vehicles will cost from $279,000 (£175,000).
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