Terrafugia's Transition, an airplane that can drive on the highway, takes off for the first time
Posted 03.19.2009 at 1:48 pm 8 Comments
Terrafugia Transition www.Terrafugia.com
We featured the company's efforts to build the vehicle, and create a viable flying car business, in the October issue, and this long-rumored first test flight is a critical step. Test pilot Phil Meteer called the maiden voyage "remarkably unremarkable" - and the very cautious team kept it safe, as Meteer stayed relatively close to the runway, remaining aloft for a total of 37 seconds. Though brief, the test flight should help to convince the many skeptics who've been promised this sort of vehicle for decades that it is, at least, possible. Whether this translates into deposits for the fledgling company is another question, though. Terrafugia has proven that the Transition can drive on the road - see footage here - and take to the air. But will these tests be enough to encourage new buyers? Terrafugia hopes to deliver the first vehicles to customers - 40 buyers have put down refundable deposits thus far - by 2011.