It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s a car, it’s a flying car?
The Aeromobil 2.5, which has been created in Slovakia, took a test flight this week and apparently can get up to 124 mph in the air with the ability to go 100 mph on the ground.
The test flight came after more than 20 years of development.
Digital Trends reports that Aeromobil co-founder and chief designer Stefan Klein started with the 1.0 version back in 1990. He hopes to begin selling the 3.0 production model in the near future.
The wings of the vehicle are very large, but they do fold away upon landing. Motor Authority notes that the wings unfold to their full, 27-foot span when it’s time to fly.
Maximum flying range is 430 miles and the vehicle weighs just under 1,000 pounds.
The rear-mounted propeller is driven by a Rotax 912 aircraft engine. That’s the same one that’s used in the Terrafugia Transition, which is the first vehicle to meet both Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) requirements.
How soon will it be before flying cars are really on the road and in the air?
Terrafugia expects their TF-X to be ready to roll into showrooms in less than a decade, around 2021.