Sitting in Samuel Schweighart's garage in Watertown, Massachusetts, is the stuff of science fiction—and soon reality. Schweighart, an engineer with Boston-based Terrafugia, is part of the team leading the charge to get a "roadable aircraft" off the ground (this is a one-fifth scale prototype). Known as the Transition, it's designed for 100- to 500-mile jumps. Terrafugia expects the Transition to take flight in 2009 with an asking price of $148,000.
A version of this article appeared in the February 2007 issue of Fast Company magazine.