Flying Cars

Videophones, holidays in Space and flying cars were all expected treats 20th Century kids looked forward to when they reached the 21st Century. Well, its the 21st Century and although I have a videophone and could go on a space trip if I was really, really rich, theres no flying cars.

Its not from lack of trying, inventors have been developing aerial vehicles for some time. The most famous was Paul Moller. He has been promising Skycars for as long as I can remember but I have yet to see one.

Perhaps the most successful inventor was Moulton Taylor. His Aerocar was a small road car that could be converted into a light plane. He constructed several prototypes and for a while it looked like actually going into production. Sadly it never did.

Flying cars have a great enemy: gravity. If a car breaks down on a road it will still stay there. If a flying car breaks down it may end up on your head. To put it mildly having tens of thousands of flying cars would cause head aches for air traffic controllers.

Not thats going to stop people from trying. The latest flying contraption to hit the news is the European PAL-V. Its a cross between a motorbike and gyro copter. I suppose cattlemen would find it useful during muster.

I’ll believe it when I see it.


1 Response to “Flying Cars”

  1. 1 Zen Galacticore January 22, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Perhaps we’re not quite ready for tens of thousands?, try scores of millions of flying cars. Obviously if it were to be realized the ‘air traffic’ would have to be computer controlled. Maybe it’s much further off than we once imagined. One day, when we have discovered and applied antigravity or some such thing, it will be possible. Many of the concepts shown remind me of da Vinci’s flapping-wing airplanes of the fifteenth century. But hey, it’s a start. I’ve always wondered if Leonardo had had access to the many species of bamboo if he could have designed a light weight hang glider and been the first man to soar like a bird.

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