It was only a month ago when Terrafugia took its Transition flying car (or driving plane, as CEO Carl Dietrich says) to the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for some exposure and its first public flight demonstration. We know the flight was a success, but Translogic was also there to get an inside look at the street-legal flying machine and capture it on video.

Dietrich says that the toughest part of building the Transition was to engineer a single solution to satisfy both Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations. But the resultant vehicle raises the level of safety of personal aircraft through the use of automotive safety features, is better for the environment than traditional airplanes and will make use of the network of 5,000-plus public-use airports, "our nation's largest underutilized transportation resource," Dietrich states.

Be sure to watch the video below to find out what the future holds for flying cars - including Terrafugia's next flying car/driving plane project, the gas-electric hybrid TF-X.
Terrafugia Transition Flying Car: TRANSLOGIC 137


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      chest rockwell
      • 1 Year Ago
      So I can drive this thing down the road in the US, but not a Land Rover Defender?
        e
        • 1 Year Ago
        @chest rockwell
        Airbags.... I feel your pain though
      TopGun
      • 1 Year Ago
      OMG, a new Cessna 172 is $300,000? Wow... While it's reasonable to assume it would be a bad car AND a bad airplane, airplanes haven't changed much thanks to product liability lawyers...so it might solve a big problem of touring in an aircraft - getting somewhere after you reach your destination.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TopGun
        A better solution would be to spend half as much for a much better aircraft and then spend $40 for a much better car when you land. This thing is designed to give you the worst of all worlds. There is a reason that these things have never panned out, they make absolutely no sense.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      For all the comments about how ugly it is, and how many nice looking alternatives there are (most of which are just CG) the terrafugia ip has grown on me, and to see it in action is actually pretty inspiring. I don't have the means, but if I were to win the lottery tomorrow I'd definitely buy one of these for getting to my private island retreat. Heck, even a decently paid executive could use this to get to Martha's Vinyard pretty easily.
      gdgtgk
      • 1 Year Ago
      Again, thats not a flying car. That is a DRIVING AIRPLANE !!!
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This product is so full of fail. I give them 3 years, then kaput!
      Captain Stu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, combining a car I would not drive with a plane I would not want to fly! How did they do it??? Don't even get me started on that bastard hybrid child of the osprey (that will only take to the skies in order to kill it's human creators).
      chest rockwell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Or you could just buy a helicopter.
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like this better >==> http://www.samsonmotorworks.com/switchblade
      Evil_Merlin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe someday aircraft companies will realize not all of us are millionaires. And they wonder why they are all going out of business.
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