Terrafugia Transition flying car takes to the air for the first time

We've been following the progress of the Terrafugia Transition flying car for three years, and finally, the push-prop roadable airplane has successfully flown its first flight. It took off from an airport in Plattsburgh, New York on March 5, and the company made its big announcement of the flight's success today as it placed the Transition on exhibit at Boston's Museum of Science.

So this is for real. Terrafugia officials didn't say if the 115-mph flyer would hit that "end of 2009" ship date mentioned when an animation of the plane appeared last October, but this first test flight was four months later than expected, so don't get your hopes up for plunking down $194,000 for one before year's end. Still, a vehicle that transforms from plane to car in 30 seconds? In commercial production? Remarkable.

Click Continue to see a video of its first takeoff, and also a video of test pilot Phil Meteer talking about his experience flying the Transition for the first time.





Via Jalopnik