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Terra aqua aero

July 2, 2010 - Karin Elton
Pilots will soon be able to take their car for a spin in the clouds.

Terrafugia, a company based in Woburn, Mass., says it plans to deliver its car-plane, the Transition, to customers by the end of 2011, says an Associated Press story.

The car-plane has wings that unfold for flying — a process the company says takes one minute — and fold back up for driving. A runway is still required to takeoff and land.

You drive the car to the airport and then take off from there. When you land, you fold up the wings and drive to your next destination and park your car-plane in the garage instead of renting hangar space.

The Transition costs $194,000 and there are 70 orders so far. I wouldn’t want to be among the first to drive/fly these vehicles. I wouldn’t quite trust it.

But it’s pretty cool nevertheless. I can see James Bond or Jason Bourne making use of the Transition. They would probably need a boat feature as well to get away from the bad guys.


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