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Putt, putt, and away! It’s a real flying car on show

LOS ANGELES, California – The Aeromobil, said to be the world’s first commercially available flying car, has been on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in California.

The Aeromobil can morph from supercar to plane in less than three minutes to have a nine-metre wingspan, or travel on roads at up to 160km/h. Once in the air it can cruise at 250km/h to cover a maximum 750km/h.

MEET THE AEROMOBILE: It can morph from supercar to plane in minutes – think how fast you could do the Durban-Jozi holiday slog! Image: Supplied

The Aeromobil has adaptive flight control surfaces and vehicle suspension for optimal take-off and landing. It is also equipped with a ballistic recovery parachute system and an integral carbon-fibre structure and occupant cell for driver/pilot and passenger protection.

AEROSPACE CERTIFIED

It was 10 years in creation by a research and development team that included leading automakers BMW, Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes Benz F1and Ferrari F1, and aerospace leaders Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, Airbus, and Diamond Aircraft.

It has been engineered and tested in accordance to CS 23 aerospace certification standard.

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