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Flying Car Gets Off the Ground
March 19, 2009

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The "flying car" has passed its first test.

The Transition Roadable Aircraft, the product of Terrafugia, a Woburn, Mass., company, left the ground for about 900 meters this month and landed safely, in tests done in Plattsburg, N.Y. Phil Meteer, a retired flyer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, did the testing. Company officials were ecstatic.

The Transition Roadable Aircraft has front-wheel drive, seats two, and allows entry just like an automobile. It has a fuel tank of 20 gallons and gets 30 miles to the gallon. With a top speed of 65 mph, it can compete with many commuter vehicles. It can also leave the ground and cruise at up to 115 mph. In the air, it burns 5 gallons an hour.

The manufacturer insists the vehicle is for everyone, although the $194,000 price tag might suggest otherwise. Still, 40 people are on the waiting list for the vehicle, which isn't slated to be manufactured until 2011. Every one of those 40 people has already paid a $10,000 deposit, no doubt giving the company some working cash.

Click here to read more about the company and the Roadable Aircraft.



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