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Flying car: Airborne way to get to work? Terrafugia designing flying prototype

A flying car might sound like it flew straight out of a science fiction book, but this new flying prototype is quite real and already in the works by a company known as Terrafugia. Although the idea of a flying car has been around since at least the early 1900s with patented notions being put into place, some are arguing that this particular invention may very well be the first practical airborne way to get to work. Discover Magazine reveals this Thursday, May 1, 2014, that an MIT alumnus and Terrafugia are working on designing the lean, mean flying machine together.

Flying car by Terrafugia could be commute solution
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The creation of the flying car in question is being made by the same brilliant minds behind the Transition car-plane, an airborne vehicle that still required an over 1,500 foot runway in order to function. This latest idea, however -- currently being called the TF-X -- is said to be able to take off and land almost vertically (so no need for a long runway), which is highly important in almost all local areas the aircraft would be used in.

These designs for the TV-X follow the same flight mechanics as certain aircrafts used in the military, including that of the V-22 Osprey. Researchers involved in the creation of this flying car that looks quite a bit more hi-tech than Ron Weasley’s from the “Harry Potter” movies have noted that the designs are being structured based on simulated flight exercises in order to maximize actual flight capability.

According to MSN News on Autos, the TF-X prototype is currently prepared to host a total of four separate passengers per ride on the airborne flight. While it has a sizeable wingspan, the vehicle is still adjustable and compact enough to fit within a single-car garage, notes the report. At max fuel levels, the flying car can surpass an impressive 500 miles without stopping, and even hit speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Terrafugia is also boasting that it would take perhaps no more than a single day of training (5-6 hours) to enable a standard driver to learn how to safely work the aircraft.

The hybrid aircraft is something long-distance work commuters may definitely want to keep in mind for the years to come. While the TF-X is still at least some years off, preliminary information about this incredible flying vehicle is surely something to keep our excitement set high on the not-so-distant horizon. However, keep in mind – the Transition (the initial flying car by developers) is set at a pricey $280,000, so goodness knows how much the TF-X will cost when it finally hits the skies.

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