The Flying Car – not just pie in the sky
The idea is simple: get in your car and fly to your destination. It is a dream as old as the aircraft itself – but slightly newer than the car itself, the first steam car was mentioned some 300 years ago by Jesuit priest Ferdinand Verbiest. In 1917, Glen Curtis gave the public a taste of things to come with his Autoplane, earning him the title of “father of the flying car.” See History of Flying Cars.
In 1940, Henry Ford predicted, “Mark my words. A combination airplane and motor car is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” Many patents and some serious examples of a flying car would follow, including the legendary Paul Moller‘s Skycar. But it looks as if the Terrafugia Transition flying car will steal the thunder (or, preferably, the skies). It’s a raving good idea and looks like fun too.