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Flying car gets closer to reality with test flight

By Dee-Ann Durbin
AP Auto Writer / April 2, 2012
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Flying cars aren't just science fiction anymore.

Woburn, Mass.-based Terrafugia Inc. said Monday that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight. The Transition aircraft flew at 1,400 feet for eight minutes last month.

The craft has folding wings so it can be driven on the street after it lands. It can go up to 70 miles per hour on the ground and up to 115 miles per hour in the air.

Terrafugia expects to begin deliveries of the flying car to customers within a year. Spokesman Steven Moscaritolo said around 100 people have put down a $10,000 deposit to get one of the vehicles, which are expected to cost $279,000.

The Terrafugia will be displayed to the public starting this weekend at the New York Auto Show.

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