06
Feb
10

Terrafugia


Got pictures of this as an email forward, the concept however impressed me.

Terrafugia is a small, privately held corporation that is developing the Transition, a roadable aircraft. Their general aviation airplane is designed to fold its wings enabling it also to operate as a street-legal road vehicle.

Taking off

At a Gas Station

Some stats and details from the official Terra Fugia Website

Performance

Cruise: 100 kts (115 mph)
Rotate: 70 kts (80 mph)
Stall: 45 kts (51 mph)
Range: 400nm (460 mi)
Takeoff over 50′ obstacle: 1700′
Fuel burn: 5 gph
Fuel tank: 20 gallons
Useful Load: 430 lbs
On road: 30 mpg, highway speeds
Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

Convenience
Front wheel drive on the ground
Automotive-style entry and exit
Two place, side by side
Automated electromechanical folding wing
No trailer or hangar needed
Cargo area holds skis, fishing poles or golf clubs

The Transition light sport aircraft is expected to be released in 2011. The estimated purchase price is US$194,000. Owners will drive the car from their garage to an airport where they can take-off to fly within a range of 400 nmi (740 km; 460 mi). It will carry two people plus luggage and will operate on a single tank of regular unleaded gas.

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