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Is It a Car, a Plane? No It’s the Terrafugia Transition, a Bit of Both

Now we can all look forward to a near future where sidewalks are replaced with conveyor belts and robot maids bring us nicely chilled cocktails as we relax after work and all that sci-fi like stuff…because someone’s gone and built a successful flying car. It’s called the Terrafugia Transition, and it completed a successful first flight on March 5. It’s not quite as advanced as, say, the flying Delorean from Back to the Future, but Terrafugia’s (roughly meaning "flees the Earth") invention is nevertheless a carbon-fiber framed full road-going vehicle that automatically transforms between light aircraft and car in around 30 seconds, complete with fold-away flight controls inside the cabin. Its styling is odd, as you may expect from such a strange hybrid, but perhaps in a world where the not-so-dissimilar looking Aptera electric car is on the road it’s not too shocking. Maybe that’s why Terrafugia’s calling it by the slightly clumsy title "roadable aircraft" instead of "flying car."

Is It a Car, a Plane? No It’s the Terrafugia Transition, a Bit of Both
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