Numerous continuous attempts where done for building an actual flying car since 1920. Many flying cars got invented with these attempts, but none of them entered mass production. For the first time the flying car-‘Transition’ by Terrafugia made a great achievement by flying successfully and letting the ‘flying car’ dream come true. The Terrafugia Transition completed a test flight last month and cleared for production, this little flying machine is already in mass production now.
1. Ford Flivver
The Ford Flivver was a single-seat aircraft introduced by Henry Ford. The Ford Flivver took its first flight in 1926. After a fatal crash of a prototype into the ocean off Melbourne, the production plans were halted.
2. Waterman Arrowbile
The Waterman Arrowbile was created by Waldo Waterman. It took its first actual flight on 1937. It was a three wheeler car with wing which was powered by Studebaker engine. Its speed is around 180 kilometer per hour in the air and 90 kilometer per hour on the ground.
3. Dixon Flying Car
It is said that the Dixon Flying Car was built by Jess Dixon of Andalusia, Ala. It can fly forward, backward or hover in the air and takes up to the speed up to around 160 kilometer in the air. No one actually saw it flying, only this photograph is the evidence of the Dixon flying car.
4. Convair ConvAirCar
The Convair Model 118 ConvAirCar is also known as the Hall Flying Automobile. This prototype flying car had two models and both of took the first flight on 1947. After its first flight the project was stopped. Mounting an airplane on top of a car doesn’t seem to work well.
5. Taylor Aerocar
Taylor’s design of a roadable aircraft-Aerocar was built in 1949. Though the company built six different models but couldn’t enter the mass production.
6. Curtiss-Wright VZ-7
The U.S. Army also entered the business of flying car in mid 1958. The Curtiss-Wright VZ-7 was a VTOL (A Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft) designed by the Curtiss-Wright company for the US Army. It was also known as flying jeep. The aircraft performed well during tests, but was not able to meet the Army’s standards, therefore it was retired and returned to the manufacturer in 1960.
7. Parajet SkyCar
The Parajet SkyCar was developed by British paramotor. It uses paramotor and parawing attached to a road vehicle to achieve sustained level flight. If in case the engine fails it uses the parachute so that the vehicle can glide back to the ground and in case of an emergency it also has ballistic reserve parachute. The prototype model runs on biodiesel and is fully road-legal.
The SkyCar was set to fly from London to Timbuktu but the Civil Aviation Authority denied granting the permission.
8. Moller Skycar
The Moller Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft or a “flying car”. It is designed by Paul Moller, who has been attempting to develop such vehicles for nearly forty years. The Skycar uses four channeled fans or the propellers for taking off the machine. The Skycar is still in its development stage.
9. I-Fly Maverick
The I-Fly Maverick is under development, it is designed to be an easy-to-use on air and road vehicle. It has a propeller in the back, a rainbow colored flex wing and is equipped with one of the largest powered parachute.
10. Malloy Hoverbike
The Malloy Hoverbike is not actually a car because it doesn’t have wheels to go on road. It is currently in the prototype phase. It was built by a New Zealand engineer Christopher Malloy as a personal project. It has a single seater as in normal bikes and two anti gravity propellers; one in front and back.