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It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a...Car?

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On: Fri, Oct 10, 2014 at 5:08PM | By: Gary P Garry

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a...Car?

Throughout the history of the transportation industry, people have always had futuristic ideas. Some of them seem outdated today, but, at one time, they were innovations. Back before the turn of the twentieth century, bicycle builders envisioned the motorization of the bicycle. Step-by-step, this vision became a reality. Before long, one seat wasn't enough, so coach builders were brought into the fold, and they provided bodies, and some of them took to engine building.

The automotive industry grew step-by-step, with Henry Ford making this mode of transportation affordable for everyone with the introduction of the Model T in 1908.

Going forward, cars became a big part of the American dream, and the automotive industry became one of the centerpieces of the economy.

The innovations did not stop there. People continued to have big ideas, and a German guy named Hanns Trippel started thinking about multitasking. He wanted to build a car that could double as a boat. The result was the Amphicar, an amphibious car that was introduced for the 1961 model year. The model lasted through 1968, and only 4000 were built. However, it was quite an interesting concept.

Now, in 2014, we have a new visionary notion entering the landscape. A Slovakian company has created a third-generation prototype of a flying car called the AeroMobil. I'm not metaphorically saying it can fly on the ground like a Bugatti Veyron or a Porsche 918 Spyder. I'm talkin' sky flyin', airplane stuff.

According to the company, the AeroMobil has a top speed exceeding 200 miles an hour, and the takeoff speed is 90 miles per hour. It can travel about 420 miles on a tank of fuel, and it can be fueled at any service station.

It has a steel framework with carbon coating, it fits two people, and it weighs 922 pounds when it is empty.

If you fly into town looking for a parking space, no problem. You just pull down the wings, angle her in, and size is not an issue.

We mentioned Henry Ford earlier in this piece. He was one of the most forward-thinking guys of his day, but few of us could imagine the true reach of his vision. Here's what he said in 1940: "Mark my words: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come."

The day has come, and Henry is the one smiling, somewhere.

You can visit theAeroMobil websiteif you want to learn more and see pictures and video footage.

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