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Boeing’s One of a Kind Sky Commuter Flying Car to Be Auctioned

Ever since the Slovakian flying car Aeromobile 2.5 took off late last year there’s not much left of the theory cars will never fly. Sure, we haven’t yet reached the point where an average DeLorean uses soda cans to travel through time, like Doc’s machine did in the Back In The Future movies, but four-wheelers that are able to reach the sky are possible.
Boeing’s One of a Kind Sky Commuter Flying Car 6 photos
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The idea of a commuting vehicle that is able to fly like a bird whenever the driver wishes so is obviously not something of the 21st century. Boeing’s Sky Commuter Flying Car prototype stands as proof engineers were planning to travel that way long before Berlin’s wall would fall.

The car in question is not only looking like something out of the classic James Bond movie, but was in fact meant to change the rules of the game. The Sky Commuter flying car was built in the 1980s and represents a huge leap beyond the typical flying car concept. Unlike most previous efforts that were based on compact cars with clip-on wings, this one of a kind machine comes with tricycle road wheels/landing gear that are not powered.

Forward movement - on ground or in the air - was to be provided by an onboard gas turbine engine linked to each fan via helicopter-based drive shafts. Exhaust was to exit out the tail, as its thrust would cause forward movement. Barrett-Jackson claims the odd machine was developed by Boeing engineers with more than $6 million invested in the program before it was cancelled.

Unfortunately, it will not lift you off the ground, as the engine nacelle is empty except for a simulated fan assembly. However, if you’re one of the flying cars fan you could bid for it as it will go under the hammer next week.

 
 
 
 
 

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