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A plane you can drive to the airport.

A plane you can drive to the airport.

After landing the wings fold up and the plane becomes legal to drive on the roads. With video.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • joe

    I think that the transition is a pretty neat feat, but the entry price is too high, you can buy a used 172 for 30 to 40 thousand dollars and have many rental car companies either pick you up or deliver you a car waiting to go when you land most anywhere you choose to fly to, I hope that Terrafugia does well, but its really a niche market for this type of aircraft.

  • Pzatchok

    I would rather just carry a nice motorcycle with me.

    I have always wanted to get a pilots license.

    Any planes out their that could carry 2 people and 600 extra pounds?

  • Joe

    Yes, but you won’t get a motor cycle through the door, however there are some homebuilt or experimental designs that will fit the bill. That being said, you should go to your local airport and inquire about a discovery ride, I think they are under40 dollars and the pilot will let you operate the controls. Flying does not have to cost a fortune, there are a lot of aircraft in the 15 to 25 k range that you could get 2 people and a folding bike into.

  • R. Cotour

    Its cool and well executed, but that first fender bender on the way to the airport will straighten every one out as whether this is a viable idea or not.

  • Pzatchok

    DHC-3 Otter

    I can make up a lift and rack to fit a full size motorcycle inside that plane. Get it in through the side door also. (As long as the door was about 50 inches tall and 32 inches wide.)

    Length 2,450mm (96.5″)
    Width 930mm (36.6″)
    Height 1,110mm (43.7″)
    Wheelbase 1,625mm (64″)
    Wet Weight 247kg (545 lb)

    And I could drop that total height down about 3 to 4 inches and the handle bar width down to about 30 inches.
    It might be tight but it would fit.

  • Joe

    When I hit the mega millions lottery, that is the aircraft I will own!

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