The World’s First Honest-to-God Flying Car Is Ready for Takeoff
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From the very first time we saw George Jetson cruising in on his way to work at Spacely Space Sprockets, the flying car has been a dream imagined but never realized.
That ends this week, as Dutch manufacturer PAL-V has officially started taking orders for both of its three-wheeled flying car models, the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport.
The models are equipped with two engines (one for driving and one for flying) and PAL-V says they comply with existing flying and driving regulations in the majority of countries in the world.
Flying Car (5 images)
Just 13 feet long, the compact car/plane hybrid can hit up to 100 mph and has a range of more than 800 miles on the ground and can do 112 mph and cover more 300 miles in the air as well.
Switching between drive and flight mode will require a bit of mechanical handywork involving the vehicle’s blades and tail, but PAL-V says the process is fairly simple and takes 5-10 minutes.
“After years of hard work, beating the technical and qualification challenges, our team succeeded in creating an innovative flying car that complies with existing safety standards, determined by regulatory bodies around the world,” says PAL-V CEO Robert Dingemanse.
PAL-V is taking orders for the Sport ($400,000) and “full-option” Pioneer ($600,000) right here, and deliveries of road and air certificated models are scheduled to happen by the end of 2018.
Just enough time to get your pilot’s license in order.
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