Epic moment flying car soars through air ‘turning science-fiction into reality’

A flying car has successfully taken to the skies and performed its first inter-city journey in incredible footage.

AirCar, a dual-mode car-aircraft, turned scenes from sci-fi movies into reality when inventor Prof Stefan Klein flew the vehicle for a 35-minutes journey.

Video posted by Klein Vision online shows the car cruising at an airport in Nitra, Slovakia, with two retractable wings fully extended before it takes off at a field.

Prof Klein puts on a headphone and closes the car roof which turns the space into a cockpit.

Within minutes, the AirCar lifts off the ground as it climbs to a height of 8,200ft with a propeller at the boot of the vehicle working as a single turbine.

It crosses green fields and skyscrapers before landing at the international airport in Bratislava.

After landing, at a click of a button the aircraft transforms into a sports car in under three minutes.

Prof Klein, joined by co-founder, Anton Zajac, then drives the one-of-a-kind craft into downtown.

The whole journey proved to have cut the typical travel time by half.

Prof Klein said after exiting the AirCar cockpit: "This flight starts a new era of dual transportation vehicles.

"It opens a new category of transportation and returns the freedom originally attributed to cars back to the individual.

"AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept; flying at 8,200ft at a speed of 115mph, it has turned science fiction into a reality."

The team at Klein Vision did numerous flight tests before it completed its 142nd successful landing on June 28.

Dr Branko Sarh, senior technical fellow at Boeing Co. said: "Professor Stefan Klein is the world leader in the development of user-friendly Flying Cars.

"The automated transition from road vehicle into an air vehicle and vice versa, deploying/retracting wings and tail is not only the result of pioneering enthusiasm, innovative spirit and courage.

"It is an outcome of excellent engineering and professional knowledge."

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