Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, meet real life. The prototype flying car has completed its first flight, Woburn-Mass.-based Terrafugia Inc.said Monday. Within the next year, the company expects to sell its first flying vehicle.
The vehicle, which Terrafugia calls “the Transition,” has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can also drive on land, like a car. In its inaugural flight last month, the vehicle flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes. (For comparison, commercial jets fly at 35,000 feet, and for a lot longer than eight minutes.)
In June, Terrafugia announced that it officially received a grant of all the special exemptions it had requested from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Transition is the “first combined flying-driving vehicle to receive such special consideration from the Department of Transportation,” according to Terrafugia.
Even if Terrafugia clears all the roadblocks in its way, it may be a long time before flying cars become as widespread on Earth as they were on, say, “The Jetsons.”
The anticipated price for the vehicle is a hefty $279,000.
“The problem has never been making flying cars,” wrote The Post’s Annie Lowrey last March. “It’s selling them.”
See the Transition in action: