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The Terrafugia Transition: Roadable Aircraft and Total Mind[aggressive fornication]

Posted in auto industry, Car Tech, Concept Cars, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | August 19th, 2008 | 9 Responses |

Terrafugia Transition Roadable Aircraft

Yesterday Carl Deitrich, CEO of the new company Terrafugia Inc, introduced his brainchild, the Terrafugia Transition, to the consuming public. Dubbed the “Modern Day Chitty Chitty Bang Band”, the Terrafugia Transition is a roadable aircraft designed for travel on the road and in the air, the ultimate goal being convenience. As such, the Transition’s fully retractable wings are expected to provide for easy storage in a single car garage while its diminutive overall stature will allow the operator to utilize the 5,000 small-craft airports that currently dot the U.S. [Dietrich averages there is at least 1 such airport within any 25-mile point in the continental U.S.].

View photos taken at the Terrafugia Transition’s Proof of Concept unveiling at the EAA Air Venture “Read More”

According to Deitrich the Terrafugia Transition features a standard aircraft engine and cockpit controls, making its target demographic general aviation pilots, or those who are already familiar with aircraft navigation. Despite its aeronautical inclination, the Terrafugia Transition will not only be completely street legal but surprisingly fuel efficient as well, averaging about 30-40 mpg on the ground [28-30 mpg in the air]. Deitrich expects fully operational models to be available later this year with prices to start at around $194,000.

We’ve got more on the Terrafugia Transition here.

The Terrafugia Transition at the EAA Air Venture, Oshkosh, WI.

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9 Responses

  1. Jim Stelling says:

    Looks and sounds like a great idea. I just wish I could afford one. Didn’t find its service ceiling.

  2. BiggityBonesNukka says:

    I think is superduperfantabular

  3. Paul Bradley says:

    Great idea, and the price will come down, but it’ll be hell in the air once it does ‘take off’ with the general commuter. It’ll be good for a criminal to make a getaway too, if the shape is generally the same, how is anyone to know which one the air-police should go for.
    Anyway, by the time these start to be more affordable, the use of petrol (gasoline) will be virtually outlawed, or un-affordable!

  4. Cy Mahan says:

    I’ve been patiently waiting on a “roadable” plane since Popular Mechanics announced a version thirty odd years ago.
    As far as prices go, don’t get aircraft confused with consumer electronics and the like. Aircraft prices only go in one direction.

  5. Phyllis Ratzlaff says:

    This is really awesome, but who could afford it? I’d like to learn to fly car/air someday. That would be cool!

  6. This is something wonderful to experience in my lifetime. To see where aviation has taken mankind.

  7. Patrick says:

    Finally caddy style fin tails that actually serve a purpose!

  8. Kathy says:

    It’s pretty cool. Finally, flying cars are now becoming reality.

  9. VectorMan says:

    Great Idea! I like this Jet-car… When i can buy that?:)