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Flying car gets closer to takeoff (photos)

There have been new improvements to the Terrafugia Transition, a car that has retractable wings and can take to the skies.

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Meet the 'roadable aircraft'

A Massachusetts-based startup called Terrafugia has released new mock-ups and a scale model of the Transition, which it calls a "roadable aircraft" but which most people will know better as a flying car.
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From inside the cockpit

New modifications to Terrafugia's Transition "roadable aircraft" include an improved cockpit interface.
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At home at the airport

The Terrafugia Transition is classified as a light sport aircraft, but has been allowed an extra 110 pounds of weight by the Federal Aviation Administration to make room for more auto safety features like airbags and a structural cage.
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Lifting off the runway

The Terrafugia Transition needs a runway for takeoff, which means that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) isn't interested. The Department of Defense division is in search of someone to develop a flying car that doesn't require a runway.
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The Terrafugia Transition takes flight

Terrafugia's Transition successfully completed a test-flight last year near Plattsburgh International Airport in New York--distance and time not disclosed--that led to a recent set of improvements to bring it closer to market.
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A flying car in suburbia

At just 19 feet long and 6 feet, 9 inches tall, the Terrafugia Transition is meant to be compact enough for suburban life.

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