I laugh in the face of those who said Terrafugia's Transition was a crazy idea, that designing a "flying car" was insane. Those fools who doubted had better not head to the Land of Cheese and Brats right now, or they will see something that ought to prove without any question that the Transition is real, it is very, VERY cool, and it is going to be a huge success. Here is the skinny, from EAA:
"Terrafugia Inc., developers of the Transition "roadable vehicle," will display a non-operational model at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The two-place plane, which will meet light-sport aircraft (LSA) standards, is anticipated to have a top speed of about 85 mph on the road and a cruising speed of 100 kts (115 mph) in the air. It will be powered by a Rotax 912 engine and priced at $148,000. Carl and Anna Dietrich, the MIT graduates who created the flying car, displayed the mockup and conducted a folding wing demonstration at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring in January. Flight-testing is on target to begin before the end of the year, with the first deliveries anticipated in late 2009. "As you can see from the photo above, yep, there it is, a real, live Transition. I am not going to lie to anyone, this is the most exciting aviation story out there right now, this vehicle is a serious game changer.
As I have watched this project mature two things are crystal clear:
(1) Those who do not believe the claims that Team Terrafugia makes are fools, and...I have said this numerous times, but today the feeling is stronger then ever: I want one.
(2) these people know what they are doing, big time. I have never set foot on campus at MIT, but when a resume has those three letters in the "education" portion, you can be assured that person can design just about anything, including roadable airplanes.
UPDATE@1:18P: Transition interior shot posted over at ANN: Eager would have been a monumental understatement in describing how we Transition fans feel about seeing the first photos of the interior of the POC vehicle at Oshkosh. And thanks to Aero-News Network, that photo is here (click on the tiny thumbnail to launch a larger version).