Look! Up in the air! A real-life $279,000 flying car (pictures)
Touted for years, Terrafugia's long-awaited flying car offered its first public performance on Wednesday at the EAA AirVenture air show in OshKosh, Wis. And CNET Road Trip has proof that it's for real.
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Who doesn't want to see a flying car?
Though it has been talked about for years and has even been seen at car shows and via online videos, Terrafugia's flying car had never been seen in the air in public before. That is until Wednesday, when it made its public flying debut at the EAA AirVenture air show in OshKosh.
As part of Road Trip 2013, CNET's Daniel Terdiman got a chance to see the flying car actually fly. And then drive away.
Here is Terrafugia's promotional blurb for its $279,000 hybrid:
"The Transition is the transportation of the future today. A street-legal airplane that converts between flying and driving modes in under a minute, the Transition brings a new level of freedom, flexibility, and fun to personal aviation.
"It gives the pilot the option to land and drive in bad weather, provides integrated ground transportation on both ends of the flight, and fits in a standard single car garage at home. The Transition can fly in and out of over 5,000 public airports in the U.S. and is legal to drive on public roads and highways.
"It is the only light aircraft designed to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and it is also equipped with a full-vehicle parachute for additional safety."
As the Transition flies above the crowd of thousands at sunset, it catches a few last rays of the gorgeous Wisconsin sun.
The Transition features automated electromechanical folding, rear wheel drive on the road, and automotive style entry, exit, and seating. It doesn't need a hangar since it can fit in a standard house garage. It also has both a steering wheel and stick and rudders.
The Transition is seen in the air with its right side to the crowd.
The flying car can be driven to a location if it can't fly because of inclement weather, and has a 100 hp Rotax 912iS engine. It also features a vehicle parachute, and modern glass avionics, Terrafugia says, as well as standard automotive crash safety features including driver and passenger air bags.