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Where’s my flying car?

That’s the question anyone who has ever read a science magazine, seen a sci-fi movie or watched “The Jetsons” has been asking for years. The makers of yet another flying car prototype unveiled theirs at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna last week. Is this the one?

If looks were everything, the AeroMobil 3.0 from the Slovakian company AeroMobil would already be the winner. In its car form, the AeroMobil 3.0 looks like a aerodynamic two-seater sports car with a futuristic bubble windshield and throwback tail-fins in the back. Those tail-fins do a good job of hiding the rear propeller and the long body line allows the wings to be fully folded and fitted into the frame, making it look like a robotic insect from above. The result is a 100-mile-per-hour speedster that would look hot on the road and at home on a  racetrack.

The AeroMobil 3.0 with wings folded, ready for the road.

The AeroMobil 3.0 with wings folded, ready for the road.

With the wings unfolded and locked in place, the AeroMobil 3.0 looks more like a really expensive ultralight aircraft. It probably weighs around 1,000 pounds like its unstable predecessor, the AeroMobil 2.5. The Rotax 912 engine can reach 124 miles-per-hour in the air with a range of 430 miles on regular automobile gasoline. The AeroMobil 3.0 needs 820 feet of flat surface to take off and 165 feet to land. Oh, and a pilot with a valid pilot’s license.

Is the AeroMobil 3.0 the flying car we’ve dreamed of? Not yet. For one thing, the plane shown at the Pioneers Festival is only a prototype and the company has not released a date for delivering a consumer vehicle or a price. While it’s more stylish than the Transition from Terrafugia, it’s a long way from George Jetson’s space car.

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Or even this flying saucer from 1957.

Where’s my flying car?

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Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as “The Tonight Show”, “Politically Incorrect” and an award-winning children’s program. He’s been published in “The New York Times” and “Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn’t always have to be serious.

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