|Peekaboo! Let's head for the airport.|
all images courtesy Terrafugia
While at Sun 'n Fun I heard the good news that the long-in-development Terrafugia Transition® Street-Legal Airplane (that's it's latest name) hit the road, then the skies on its first production prototype flight.
You may remember there was a “Roadable” in the name at one time, but whatever the official moniker, everybody pretty much still calls it "that flying car."
|Movin' on down the highway...|
How long until the $250,000-plus car-plane rolls off the production lines? Sometime within the next year is as close as the company is willing to predict, having been at it for a few years now.
The flight reached 1400’ AGL and lasted eight minutes. Six flight test phases are planned before the craft, which is still targeted for ASTM certification as an S-LSA, is ready for prime time.
|"Yes, ma'am, it's an airplane. Yes ma'am, it's a car too. Yes ma'am,|
I have a driver's license, a Sport Pilot's license, a TSA redress
number and a note from my Mommy, now may I go flying please?
If you want to see a piece of history in the making, y'all come on down.
|"Spread your wings and take the sky,|
Oh, your mammy's rich, and your daddy's good looking.
So hush little baby, don't you cry."`
|"Whee! Auto-piloting: Nothin' to it."|
|"I feel for those poor turkeys in gridlock down there...heh heh heh."|
|"Hey Frank, check out my new ride! No, you can't take it for a spin |
around the block. Sorry dude, that's just the way it is."