TERRAFUGIA FLYING CAR
Is it a plane? Is it a car? Well, so far, a flying car prototype is the best answer—and a late one at that. Massachusetts firm, Terrafugia, has been promising delivery of the Transition for almost four years. The latest missed deadline? The end of 2012, and to date, still no Transition. As you’d expect, it’s hard to build a flying car.
Founded in 2006 by a team of MIT-trained aerospace engineers and MBAs, Terrafugia had hoped to deliver the Transition in 2009. A prototype did fly that year, but after tests were completed, the Transition design was altered significantly. Another prototype took to the air last year. However, an unanticipated “redesign cycle” to address more issues discovered during testing has been ongoing for over a year now.