Flying car "turns science fiction into reality" with first successful test flight between airports
With a click of a button, the aircraft can transform into a sports car in under three minutes.
A prototype flying car has completed the first-ever test flight between airports in Slovakia, landing in 35 minutes.
The AirCar, described as a "dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle" travelled from Nitra international airport to the Bratislava airport on Monday.
According to the company that created it, Klein Vision, the flying car completed its 142nd successful landing. The AirCar turns into a sports car in just under three minutes with the click of a button.
The test run was undertaken by its inventor, Professor Stefan Klein who described the trial as a "new era of dual transportation vehicles."
"It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual," Klein said.
"AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept; flying at 8,200ft at a speed of 100 kt (115 miles per hour), it has turned science fiction into a reality."
The model, an AirCar Prototype 1, is equipped with a 160 horsepower BMW engine with a fixed propeller and a ballistic parachute.
Prior to the airport test flight on Monday, the AirCar has also completed over 40 hours of test flights, flown at 8,200 feet and reached a maximum cruising speed of 118 miles per hour, according to the company.