Samson Sky Switchblade Flying Car Passes Testing Milestone

by Shane McGlaun
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One of the things that many people have dreamed about for decades is a car that can also take to the skies to avoid traffic and make commutes faster. A company called Samson is working on a vehicle called the Samson Sky Switchblade that will be able to be driven on roads by a licensed motorcycle operator and flown in the sky by a licensed pilot.

The Switchblade will have wings and a tail that attach to its body for flying and is powered by a turbocharged V4 engine that can push the car to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Recently, the Switchblade hit a milestone when it reached its takeoff speed of 88 mph on a runway. The aircraft isn’t yet ready for its first test flight, but reaching takeoff speed is a step on that path.

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On the ground, the Switchblade’s top speed is expected to be over 125 mph. Once in the skies, the cruising speed is planned at 160 mph with a top speed of 190 mph. Its makers are aiming for a flying range of 500 miles with the goal of whittling a 500-mile trip down to 3.5 hours. The caveat in that calculation is that you have to live within 15 minutes of a regional airport.

Reservations are currently being accepted, and over 1300 people have done so despite the $150,000 asking price. There is no clear indication of when the Switchblade will enter production or make its maiden flight at this time.

[via Autoblog]

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