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Terrafugia Transition - First ever flying car

Terrafugia Transition - First ever flying car  
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on 01/04/2010

Source: Terrafugia


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Terrafugia Transition Roadable Aircraft is the first ever flying car (aircraft), or roadable aircraft. It is an automobile that can travel on roads and can take off, fly, and land as an aircraft. It is still under development and being tested by the pilots. Official release date is still unknown but the company already offers you to preorder this roadable aircraft.


Every pilot faces uncertain weather, rising costs, and ground transportation hassles. The Transition combines the unique convenience of being able to fold its wings and drive on any surface road with a modern personal airplane platform. Transforming from plane to car takes the pilot less than 30 seconds.

Folding the wings for road use and deploying them for flight at the airport is activated from inside the cockpit. This unique functionality addresses head-on the challenges faced by today’s Private and Sport Pilots.

Terrafugia’s award-winning MIT-trained engineers have been advancing the state-of-the-art in personal aircraft since 2006. Now you can streamline your flying experience with the revolutionary integration of personal land and air travel made possible by the Transition Roadable Aircraft.



Performance

Cruise: 100 kts (115 mph)
Rotate: 70 kts (80 mph)
Stall: 45 kts (51 mph)
Range: 400nm (460 mi)
Takeoff over 50’ obstacle: 1700’
Fuel burn: 5 gph
Fuel tank: 20 gallons
Useful Load: 430 lbs
On road: 30 mpg, 65 mph
Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

Anticipated purchase price: $194,000

Terrafugia was founded in 2006 by award-winning MIT-trained aeronautical engineers – who also happen to be passionate private pilots. The company’s mission is to provide innovative solutions to the challenges facing personal aviation. The result: The Transition Roadable Aircraft.



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