Here’s yet another one of cartoon character George Jetson’s gadgets come to life: the flying car. While it won’t fold up into a briefcase once the driver has arrived at his or her destination, the recently unveiled SkyRunner can nonetheless take to the skies as a combination all-terrain vehicle and light-sport paraglider aircraft.
Converting from road to air mode in around three minutes, it’s aimed at well-heeled aviation enthusiasts as well as for aerial surveys, emergency medical transport, border security and law enforcement search and rescue.
Powered by a Ford-supplied 1.0-liter turbocharged engine, it affords a 500-mile range on the road and 200 nautical miles in the sky. Takeoffs and landings can be accomplished on open fields, grass strips and secluded beaches.
"Airports are not required with SkyRunner," says Stewart Hamel, the Shreveport, La-based company’s founder and CEO. "This vehicle will change the way people experience their world and provide pure enjoyment of flight. It’s expected to go on sale later this year, starting at $119,000.
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