It didn’t fly for long, but it’s still a step in the right direction. Maybe we’ll get those flying cars yet.
The Black Fly doesn’t go very far or very fast, but it’s all electric, amphibious (just in case), and you allegedly don’t need a pilot’s license to fly it.
Veteran jetmen Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet carve the skies over the dramatic landscape of Dubai, and show the world just how far they’ve have come.
It might look like some kind of crazy machination that adorned the cover of Popular Aviation back in the ’60s, the flying machine pictured above is the real deal. Developed by NASA, GL-10 Greased Lightning is an unmanned hybrid-electric aircraft that can swivel its wings and engines — into the vertical position for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and then horizontal for conventional flight. The fairly recent advent of electric propulsion — thanks in large to the growing power and energy density of batteries — allows for some very efficient hybrid-electric aircraft designs that could finally replace the current (massively inefficient) king of VTOL: the helicopter.
Seven decades of magazine covers later, we’re still waiting. Terrafugia now batting, Elon Musk on deck.
Stefan Klein, an engineer for the Slovak Republic, has been working on such machines for the last 20 years. His latest concept, the Aeromobile 2.5 has some impressive specs, and seems to have little trouble getting airborne. The question that comes to mind when watching footage of the prototype is — can it stay there?
DARPA and Lockheed are finally making their flying car a reality, but now it’s much more than just that.
This week was the first time Terrafugia has attempted to show the Transition in public and pass the all important test of approval by potential buyers — and it did so with flying (and driving) colors.
The follow-up automobile to Terrafugia Transition could take off vertically from a parking lot. When? Check back in a decade.
The Terrafugia Transmission, the world’s first commercial flying car that will hopefully go on sale later this year, has taken its first test flight. It fits in a standard single-car garage, can be filled up at the gas station, and has a cruising speed of 105mph.