13th June 2024

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You can buy this flying car, but should you?

The idea of a car that turns into a plane in three minutes sounds like a dream. Imagine you’re driving along during peak hour. You get an alert of incoming traffic and shapeshift into an aircraft that takes to the skies, overtaking commuter delays, toll bridges, and construction delays — suck it, gridlock! But the reality of the flying car (aka air car) is a lot less spontaneous and a lot less flexible. 

And I’m here to burst your bubble following the news of Samson Sky’s successful FAA inspection. 

This week, after 14 years of design, R&D, and fundraising, Samson Sky, creators of the Switchblade flying car, announced that after an inspection by an FAA agent, the vehicle successfully completed high-speed taxi testing and is ready to take flight.

Specifically, the company repeated high-speed acceleration runs down the runway up to take-off speed. It also:

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“Tested the brakes as well, yanking the vehicle to a stop repeatedly at the end of each run from up to 87 mph.” 

Switchblade is the first flying car available to the US public – around 2,000 people have already reserved the $170,000 vehicle. 

Is it a plane? Is it a car? 

Switchblade exterior flying car