Just when you thought it was safe to take the old flying car out for a spin, Samson Motorworks brings out its flying motorcycle, the Switchblade™ Multi Mode Vehicle (MMV).
I recently saw this gem in the Scientific American newsletter. DIY kits should be available in 2011 after the flight testing program is complete. A kit, without engine or avionics, will set you back around $60K; add another $25K or so for the engine and avionics. Shown above with its wings flipped out from their protective clamshell compartments and the stabilizer extended from the rear, the three-wheel Switchblade™ uses a motorcycle engine (~ 150 horsepower) to turn the propeller, or to drive the continuously variable transmission. When flying, the Switchblade™ will have a 340-mile range at a cruising speed of 134 mph while getting 22 mpg.
Reconfigured for ground operation as shown above, the Switchblade™ will have an 880-mile range, go 90 mph or more, and get as high as 60 mpg. It will seat two side by side. You can make a refundable deposit for your kit today.