Flying cars, long the dream of every kid and of editors at Popular Mechanics, are about to become a reality. Specifically, the Transformer Flying Car (TransformerFlyingCar.com), also known as the TX Flying Car (TXflyingcar.com), is being built for DARPA, the Pentagon's very own "Q". It is expected to fly in 2015.
An April 12 request for proposals from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) titled "Transformer (TX) Vertical Takeoff and Landing Roadable Air Vehicle" says: "The objective of the Transformer (TX)program is to demonstrate a four (4) person flyable/roadable vehicle that provides the warfighter terrain-independent mobility. This presents unprecedented capability to avoid traditional and asymmetrical threats while avoiding road obstructions. TX will enable enhanced company operations of future missions with applicable use in strike and raid, intervention, interdiction,insurgency/counterinsurgency, reconnaissance, medical evacuation and logistical supply. The TX vehicle will have Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL)capability with a minimum combat range of 250nm on a single tank of fuel."
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