Up Up and Away

Q:        What has 4 wheels and flies?

A:        A garbage truck.  Oh, and a flying car:

Woburn, Mass.-based Terrafugia Inc. said Monday that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company closer to its goal of selling the flying car within the next year. The vehicle — dubbed the Transition — has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. Last month, it flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes. Commercial jets fly at 35,000 feet.

Around 100 people have already put down a $10,000 deposit to get a Transition when they go on sale, and those numbers will likely rise after Terrafugia introduces the Transition to the public later this week at the New York Auto Show. But don’t expect it to show up in too many driveways. It’s expected to cost $279,000.

And it won’t help if you’re stuck in traffic. The car needs a runway. — thespec.com

Some of us have been waiting a long time for this.  As a child, I was led to believe that the technology would be here by the time I was 16 and licensed.  That was back when DeSotos and Studebakers roamed the roads, and Dick Tracy floated around in a one-man flying device invented by Diet Smith, using magnetic power.  Really.  FGI.

I should have known better — I mean, we never even got our flying slaves, did we?

It figures I don’t find out about this until 4 days after I buy a car.  Not that I have $279,000 to spare.  But I bet I could work out a decent monthly payment.  And if not, well, let ‘em hire a repo man and a collection agent.  Good luck.

Given the havoc on the surface streets here in the Nation’s Dicktip, can you even begin to imagine what will happen when cars start taking off and landing?  Can you see some senile retired Noo Yawkuh hag tooling along at 1,200 feet with her turn signal flashing?

We haven’t figured out 4-Way stop signs — how’s that gonna work once gravity is a factor?

I wonder if I can get one of these with a manual transmission.

 Cool video.

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3 Responses to Up Up and Away

  1. rbhexem says:

    Every few years, or so, someone high on themself, comes up with yet another flying contraption idea. I’ve lost count. At 279,000 each, it shouldn’t get to crawded up there.

  2. Hugh Bris says:

    Flying cars don’t thrill me. Wake me up when we can travel back and forward in time.

  3. Elemenno P says:

    Ever see the bumper sticker, “If assholes had wings this place would be an airport?” Looks like we’re on our way.

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