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World's first flying car takes its first test flight in NY

Washington, Tue, 03 Apr 2012 ANI

Washington, April 3 (ANI): A production-type prototype of the world's first flying car took its first test flight over Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Terrafugia, makers of Transition, has released video of the test flight.

The flight was the first successful test of the two-seat personal aircraft that you can park in your garage, drive on the road and fill up at a gas station.

"This is a very exciting time for Terrafugia. We are on our way up-literally and figuratively!" the LA Times quoted Carl Dietrich, the company's CEO and CTO, as saying.

Company officials said the Transition reached an altitude of 1,400 feet during its first test flight, and spent a total of eight minutes in the air.

In the video, Terrafugia's chief test pilot, Phil Meteer, is seen pulling the Transition out of a garage, driving it around a suburban neighbourhood and then filling it up with fuel from a regular gas station.

When he gets to an airport, the car/plane's wings automatically unfold. When the "transition" is complete, Meteer completes a pre-flight check and then takes to the skies.

"It's a remarkable vehicle both on the road and now in the air," said Meteer in a statement.

"When I drove it into the shop, literally from the road through the garage door, I was amazed that I had just flown it in Plattsburgh a few days before," he stated.

There are still six more phases of flight testing planned, but a spokesperson for Terrafugia said the company is still on track to deliver the plane by late 2012.

Anyone with a driver's license can drive the Transition on the road, but potential pilots will need a light-sports-aircraft license.

The Transition has a 23-gallon gas tank. It gets about 35 mpg on the road and burns about five gallons of gas per hour when it is at cruising speed in the air.

Terrafugia said it has already received about 100 orders for the Transition. (ANI)

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