Friday, 23 January 2009

Flying cars do exist!

My SubmoHeliCar may have been the stuff of fantasy but the SkyCar most definately isn't. Suspended by a paragliding wing it can go anywhere a powered paraglider can go, and then drive onto the road like any car. Watch the video clip below to see it in action.

The photo at the head of this page is an artist's impression of what a production model SkyCar might look like in the year two thousand and... something?

The Sky Car — a road legal buggy that really does fly:

See the latest news about the Sky Car, having completed its 4,000 mile test flight+drive to Timbuktu:

Another real deal flying car, at an early stage of production:

The complete simulation:

Another flying car project trying to get off the ground:

And if flying's not your thing, here's the submarine version:

Followed by the speed boat version:

This 'flying car' (ahem) was unveiled at the Paris Air Show, 2006:

And here's how it's done:

And finally... Achtung!  Something a little less ambitious:

That flying 'thing' reminds me of Lewis Carol's version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, spoken by the doormouse as he gets dunked into a tea pot by the Mad Hatter:

Twinkle twinkle little bat
How I wonder what you're at
Up above the sky so high
Like a tea tray in the sky!

There's only on problem with flying cars. Imagine being cut up by one from above, as it lands on the road in front of you! That would be enough to give anyone kittens!

Click here for a very funny video of just such an incident, but on an altogether bigger scale!

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