Google’s Cofounder Just Took His Flying Boat-Car Thing Out for a Spin
By the end of 2017, this could be you
In December of 1903, a pair of innovators outside of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, pulled off the first successful flight in history, keeping a propeller-driven biplane airborne for 120 feet.
More than 110 years later, another pair of innovators are picking up where the Wright Brothers left off. The aircraft’s name? The Kitty Hawk Flyer.
The first vehicle from Kitty Hawk — a startup backed by Google cofounder Larry Page and Google X founder Sebastian Thrun — the Kitty Hawk Flyer is an all-electric one-seater that looks one part jet ski and one part “flying car,” if you can even call it that. Under FAA regulations, the aircraft fits into the “ultralight” category, making it air-legal to operate in uncongested areas of the U.S. sans a pilot’s license.
“We’ve all had dreams of flying effortlessly,” Page told The New York Times. “I’m excited that one day very soon I’ll be able to climb onto my Kitty Hawk Flyer for a quick and easy personal flight.”
Now that their working prototype has officially taken off, Page and Thrun say they plan to make the Kitty Hawk available by the end of the year and are currently charging $100 for interested parties to become a “Flyer Discovery Member” and receive a $2k discount on the final product.
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