High school students everywhere, rejoice. If DARPA (the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has its way, you'll be able to join the mile high club straight from the backseat of your hand-me-down sedan.
As opposed to more commercial interpretations like the Terrafugia Transition, the military's version would be sturdier — more akin to a Humvee than a car, able to navigate in nasty weather and take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.
It's meant to help soldiers bypass water and especially rough terrain, but the ability to fly over waiting ambushes and IEDs probably doesn't hurt. There's even speculation the cars, called the Transformer TX (cool, right?) might act as flying ambulances.
Jerry Seinfeld — who has talked about the flying car promise of his youth that's never been delivered for years in his stand-up act — and Jetsons devotees are likely over the moon. Or at least, in the clouds.
This military version of the flying car will not be a hovercraft — DARPA wants the thing to reach an altitude of 10,000 feet — and it's surprisingly green (or supposed to be). Despite looking more Hummer than hybrid, it's projected to travel 250 miles on one tank of gas.
A fuel-efficient Hummer? We never thought we'd see the day.