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gblowfish
06-30-2010, 09:23 AM
For just $194,000 you can own your very own flying car!
http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93804?fp=1

Flying Car a Step Closer to Reality
by Mike Krumboltz

Weird-looking cars are a dime a dozen. Far less common are weird-looking cars that can also fly AND have approval from the Federal Aviation Administration. Indeed, as far as we know, there's only one of those babies: The Terrafugia Transition.

The private aircraft/funky-looking car has been in the news before. But the recent announcement that it's going into production sparked mega-searches on the Web. Almost immediately, online lookups for "terrafugia transition" and "terrafugia transition pictures" both, well, took off.

A popular article from the UK's Daily Telegraph explains that the FAA's special exemption allows the vehicle to function as both a "light aircraft" and a car. Normally, for a plane to meet the "light aircraft" designation, it can weigh no more than 1,200 pounds. The Terrafugia Transition weighs 1,320, due primarily to the number of car-related safety features, like airbags and crumple zones. The "light aircraft" designation is key, because licenses for planes with that label require only 20 hours of flying time. Fewer hoops to jump through means more potential sales.

So, how does the plane/car work? Check out the flying car's official video below. So far, 70 people have placed a deposit. The total retail cost: $194,000. Expensive, but really, can you put a price on skipping commercial flights?

Hydrae
06-30-2010, 09:30 AM
Kind of similar, I heard that Tesla Motors went public yesterday. The market tanked by a couple of percentage points yesterday but Tesla opened at 17 and went to 24 I believe is what I heard.

Saggysack
06-30-2010, 09:39 AM
What is the expected yearly costs to maintain both platforms?

bevischief
06-30-2010, 10:11 AM
Money pit more than likely...

Crush
06-30-2010, 10:11 AM
The future is here.

pr_capone
06-30-2010, 11:13 AM
Screw George Jetson... I want to meet Jane, his wife.

teedubya
06-30-2010, 11:40 AM
Screw George Jetson... I want to meet Jane, his wife.

I'd like to "meat" daughter Judy... after the age of 18 of course.

FAX
06-30-2010, 11:43 AM
Awesome.

But, the video presentation only demonstrates wing deployment while parked. If that dang thing can deploy its wings at 70 mph during a police pursuit, I'm getting one. Just need to figure out where to mount the machine guns.

FAX

Kerberos
06-30-2010, 11:49 AM
That looks nothing like a DeLorean


:D

KCtotheSB
06-30-2010, 12:44 PM
I'd like to "meat" daughter Judy... after the age of 18 of course.

His boy Elroy is where the real party's at!

boogblaster
06-30-2010, 01:48 PM
George was a F*ck-up ...

Donger
06-30-2010, 01:52 PM
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DMAC
06-30-2010, 02:09 PM
You have tarnished the front page with your thread title. Just when I get the song out of my head I have to look at it again.

I now, since I just had to say this, I bumped it back to the top.

gblowfish
06-30-2010, 03:25 PM
You have tarnished the front page with your thread title. Just when I get the song out of my head I have to look at it again.

I now, since I just had to say this, I bumped it back to the top.

Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing!!!