After six months of testing, aircraft firm Terrafugia, Inc. finally unleashed the wings of Transition, a two-seater propeller plane that can turn into a front-wheel drive car in less than 30 seconds.
Terrafugia said Transition, which flies and drives on unleaded gasoline, is just like a regular car on the road as it can run at highway speeds of over 115mph (185kph).
"This breakthrough changes the world of personal mobility. Travel now becomes a hassle-free integrated land-air experience. It's what aviation enthusiasts have been striving for since 1918," Terrafugia chief executive Carl Dietrich said in a statement.
While it can fit a standard household garage, the Transition needs a general aviation airport for taking off and landing.
One is required to get a sport pilot license to fly the Transition. A valid driver's license is also required for those who will use it as a mode of land transportation.
Terrafugia said the first Transition will likely be commercially available by 2011.
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