People are virtually lining up to purchase Terrafugia’s TF-X flying car. When you see this machine in operation, even by video, you cannot help but be amazed and feel that brilliant childhood imagination buried deep inside shed a tear as you think, “I could have done that.” It is this quiet sense of regret which wakes us up to recognize the fact we have learned to consistently ignore and quell our dreams and visions and follow the rest of the cattle into rows for slaughter. What could have been literally dies when we do. This is, unfortunately, a reality.
The idea of a flying car has long been considered an idiot’s notion, a dream resulting from some sort of latent psychosis. It simply is neither of these things. Again, several close attempts have almost come to fulfilment and they most likely will soon. However, the Terrafugia Corporation, founded by Dr. Carl Dietrich et al, engineered the first functional flying car, the TF-X. Flying cars are real and the TF-X is the leader of many more to come. This is a truly spectacular vehicle in every sense. It is plugged in to charge. It drives like any other car. Then, battery-powered tilt rotor blades lift the flying car vertically off the ground.
What happens next is the stuff of science fiction. When the TF-X reaches sufficient altitude, as the spinning rotor blades hold it aloft, the 300HP engine powers thrust through a ducted fan and the flying car is jolted forward at high speeds, recharging the batteries and sending the TF-X into flight at speeds up to 200 mph. It can cruise at this speed for up to 500 miles, at which point it must land for refueling so it may continue to fly. It is truly amazing how our notion of the impossible has created real, thriving possibility and flying cars are here at last.