Flying Car Makes First Public Flight

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments by

A car that will likely cost close to $300,000 and won’t roll off the assembly line for a couple of more years must be pretty special. The Terrafugia Transition offers a few bells and whistles for the sky-high price tag — it’s a car that flies. Or a plane that can be driven on the interstate.

“Wow. Looks like fun,” said Phil Wade of Belleville, Mich., as he watched the Terrafugia Transition fly Monday during the afternoon air show on the first day of EAA AirVenture.Wade wasn’t buying, just snapping pictures with his digital camera. ”I own one plane. That’s enough. It’s very unique, though,” said Wade, who owns a Flight Design Light Sport airplane and a Chrysler minivan.

The Massachusetts-based company has displayed its prototypes for its car-plane hybrid at AirVenture for eight years. This year for the first time the Terrafugia Transition flew and drove. Monday’s AirVenture crowd was the first to see the Transition fly in public.

For the complete story by Meg Jones of the (Milwaukee, Wis.) Journal Sentinel, click here.

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