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US military developing flying car
The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | December 1, 2010

Posted on 12/01/2010 1:15:51 PM PST by Stoat

The vehicle would function just like a big four-wheel-drive Humvee when on the ground.

But it would also be able to take off like a helicopter and fly away from trouble or to avoid enemy road blocks.

Part of the American research and development money, worth £41 million and led by American defence and aerospace firm AAI, has gone to US firm Terrafugia which is already developing the world's first flying production car.

 

The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to develop a four person flyable and road worthy vehicle.

Terrafugia, which has developed the Transition Flying Car , is the largest subcontractor to one of two winning teams.

The vehicle, known as the Transformer, or TX, would have what the project bosses describe as "unprecedented capability to avoid traditional and asymmetrical threats while avoiding road obstructions."

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: darpa; flyingcar; military; terrafugia; wot
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US military developing flying car
The vehicle will be able to travel 280 miles by land and air, using vertical take-off and landing to increase access to difficult terrain

 

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More:

 

Terrafugia - Transition®, the Roadable Light Sport Aircraft Home

 

Video Terrafugia Transition transforms from car to plane - Telegraph

 

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DARPA Asks for a Flying Car, Gets a Dual-Rotor Road Warrior Turned Helo

 

Pictures New Flying-Car Design Revealed

 

Terrafugia's Flying Car Gets FAA Clearance

 

 

1 posted on 12/01/2010 1:15:53 PM PST by Stoat
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2 posted on 12/01/2010 1:17:39 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Stoat

We were promised these when we were kids, dang it!

Hopefully the commercial version will be right behind the military one...


3 posted on 12/01/2010 1:19:20 PM PST by freedumb2003 (FYI: everything I post is IMHO -- YOU JACKWAGON! [no offense -- I just like that word])
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To: Stoat

Eat your heart out Daddy Warbucks.


4 posted on 12/01/2010 1:19:55 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Stoat; All

Or they could call Moller international and buy an off the shelf air car.

</Sarc>


5 posted on 12/01/2010 1:22:03 PM PST by woerm (student of history)
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To: freedumb2003

Hopefully the commercial version will be right behind the military one...

You are already able to get on a waiting list for the FAA-approved civilian version.

 

Terrafugia - Transition® the Roadable Light Sport Aircraft Order Today

6 posted on 12/01/2010 1:23:04 PM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

is it carbon neutral and run on solar panels?

/sarc


7 posted on 12/01/2010 1:24:43 PM PST by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: Stoat
That flying Waring blender will kill more troops than the enemy.
8 posted on 12/01/2010 1:25:45 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: Stoat

Don’t tell me...it solar powered, right?


9 posted on 12/01/2010 1:25:54 PM PST by FrankR (Don't let the bastards wear you down!)
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To: Stoat

10 posted on 12/01/2010 1:26:26 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Stoat

How is the weight of an up-armored humvee type vehicle going to balance with being light enough to fly? This thing would need a huge honking power plant I would think.

Seems like a crappy compromise in the making.


11 posted on 12/01/2010 1:26:30 PM PST by Sax
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To: Joe 6-pack

12 posted on 12/01/2010 1:26:33 PM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Stoat

My own experiments with ‘flying cars’ during my misspent youth ended in abject failure an high insurance rates...


13 posted on 12/01/2010 1:27:48 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Stoat

My own experiments with ‘flying cars’ during my misspent youth ended in abject failure and high insurance rates...


14 posted on 12/01/2010 1:27:55 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Billthedrill
Will Mr. Spacely be more upset now if I'm late since my Jetson car can fly at 270mph?
15 posted on 12/01/2010 1:30:10 PM PST by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Stoat
Dude... you can buy one in Hammacher-Schlemmer:

Flying Car $350,000


16 posted on 12/01/2010 1:31:41 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Sax

Bingo...spot on..also..assuming it does get off the ground, it would seem to be a sitting duck for very small SAMs and even RPGs..heck..a 50cal could bring it down easily....


17 posted on 12/01/2010 1:32:09 PM PST by ken5050 (Palin/Bachman 2012 - FOUR boobs are better than the two we have now!)
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To: Stoat; Revolting cat!

“Am I cleared to drive?”


18 posted on 12/01/2010 1:32:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: WayneS

19 posted on 12/01/2010 1:32:35 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Stoat

So much for high speed rail. Paging Willie Green...


20 posted on 12/01/2010 1:34:16 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: Joe 6-pack
Old news James bond did that 30 yrs ago....
21 posted on 12/01/2010 1:35:00 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: WayneS
What new...WW2 flying Jeep


22 posted on 12/01/2010 1:36:04 PM PST by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The defense contractors get their dough no matter who is in office cause the Dem union thugs on the production line.


23 posted on 12/01/2010 1:37:07 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Stoat

24 posted on 12/01/2010 1:38:06 PM PST by smokingfrog ( ><{{{{{(0>)
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To: Sax

It’s going ro burn dollars, that’s how.


25 posted on 12/01/2010 1:38:06 PM PST by tired1 (Federalize the Fed)
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To: Sax
One word......WEATHER!

It is the great equalizer. Turns flesh to dirt and metal to ore.

26 posted on 12/01/2010 1:39:18 PM PST by blackdog
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To: tired1

Base platform will be the UAW produced Chevy Volt.


27 posted on 12/01/2010 1:40:59 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Stoat
Anything can fly if a big enough engine is put on it.


28 posted on 12/01/2010 1:40:59 PM PST by flying_bullet (El Conservo tribe member)
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To: Stoat

DOPEY.... On the ground it will have all the protection afforded by Balsa wood and glue. IEDs no bigger than cherry
bombs will disable it.

Whats the mission it will satisfy? Fly until it’s its hit, that what.

Armament will be provided by roll down windows that the doomed crew can shoot their M9s out of.


29 posted on 12/01/2010 1:41:46 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: GSP.FAN

American Motors (AMC) paid for product placement in that Bond movie. Was Mitt’s old man the CEO back then?

LOL! 007 in the nice Aston Martin DBS in the recent Casino Royale versus 007 showing up in a Pacer.


30 posted on 12/01/2010 1:42:43 PM PST by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: Stoat

$ 80 million to develop a plane? Hasn’t the technology existed for decades already?


31 posted on 12/01/2010 1:44:35 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Stoat
An aeroplane-motor car made in France by René Tampier 1921, October 23rd

Been done already, just didn't catch on.

32 posted on 12/01/2010 1:44:59 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: C210N

Supercar! I haven’t seen that sucker since I was a kid.


33 posted on 12/01/2010 1:47:45 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (NASA? Muslims? Muslims will want to go to the moon only when Israel sets up shop there.)
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To: WayneS
This was You?


34 posted on 12/01/2010 1:48:35 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Stoat

35 posted on 12/01/2010 1:52:38 PM PST by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: Stoat
Looks like a simple auto gyro to me. Easy to fly.

36 posted on 12/01/2010 1:56:29 PM PST by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: Stoat
Everyone drove those before civilization's last socialist takeover.

37 posted on 12/01/2010 1:57:02 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: flying_bullet

Ya baby! The F4 is like a sexy, classy, 50 year old. Yes she may past her prime, but she still has that ability to make
you look twice. RAARRRRRRRR...


38 posted on 12/01/2010 1:57:08 PM PST by NeverForgetBataan (To the German Commander: ..........................NUTS !)
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To: Stoat
http://www.mavericklsa.com/

A real afordable flying car you can actually buy.

39 posted on 12/01/2010 1:57:10 PM PST by Politically Correct (A member of the rabble in good standing)
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To: C210N

I loved that show..................When I was 6...................


40 posted on 12/01/2010 1:57:22 PM PST by Red Badger (The House finally fell on Nancy Pelosi..........)
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To: Billthedrill
In one episode George was flying behind a woman driver.

The woman sticks her hand out the window to signal a left turn. Then points her index finger straight up. Then points at her head.

The frustrated George yells "What kind of signal was that lady?!?!"

The lady sweetly explains that she was going to turn left, but then remembered she had a hair appointment.

I laughed at the time but today I know that that is sexist and should not be encouraged.

41 posted on 12/01/2010 1:57:39 PM PST by DManA
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To: GeronL

Comes with a TSA Valet....


42 posted on 12/01/2010 1:58:42 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Now we can really get the BANG BANG.


43 posted on 12/01/2010 1:58:48 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: C210N

SuperCar!

44 posted on 12/01/2010 2:06:11 PM PST by corkoman
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To: Frantzie

Yeah a Sh*tty little car but it did possibly the best car stunt in a Bond movie a double twist ..


45 posted on 12/01/2010 2:07:09 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Stoat

Hopefully we aren’t spending one dime or two seconds on this idiotic idea.


46 posted on 12/01/2010 2:07:55 PM PST by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Stoat
Check the text inset of this

Motor Trend - December 1951

47 posted on 12/01/2010 2:08:32 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: FrankR
Don’t tell me...it solar powered, right?

Wind.

48 posted on 12/01/2010 2:08:32 PM PST by decimon
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To: Stoat

Just like space exploration, we need to use UNMANNED vehicles and only send in humans AFTER the enemy is dead.


49 posted on 12/01/2010 2:09:38 PM PST by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: NeverForgetBataan

“Ya baby! The F4 is like a sexy, classy, 50 year old. Yes she may past her prime, but she still has that ability to make
you look twice. RAARRRRRRRR...”

LOL with J-79 ‘s you could move a mountain.


50 posted on 12/01/2010 2:20:28 PM PST by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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