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Klein Vision Performs Maiden Voyage of Flying Car Prototype

Slovakian R&D startup Klein Vision recently performed the maiden flight of their latest AirCar prototype. As you can see in the video, it’s a car with wings.

“AirCar takes you from ground to sky with a takeoff of 300m reaching speeds up to 200 km/h. But most importantly, the stability and controllability of the AirCar is accessible to any pilot.”

While at first it looks like a normal car driving down a road, it soon transforms into a flying craft with wings and an extending tail. Klein Vision founder and chief designer Stefan Klein then takes off into the air.

The company sees their flying vehicles being used for “leisure” and perhaps as part of a “commercial taxi service.” Is it a good idea? I guess we’ll find out.

The AirCar here is the latest in a long line of flying car prototypes. All the way back in 1947, we had the the Convair Model 118, which looked like a small plane attached to the top of a car.

The Convari Model 118 flying car from 1947
Image: Public Domain

“Mark my word: A combination airplane and motor car is coming,” Henry Ford himself once said in 1940, according to Popular Science. He’d previously worked on a small single-person craft of his own known as The Flivver, though it didn’t look at all like a car and was ultimately scuttled after a failed test flight. Klein Vision hopes their flying car will be ready for production within six months, and claim to already have a buyer.

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