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Flying Car Takes Off in 2009

Not just any ordinary London to Timbuktu expedition, the Parajet Skycar Expedition planned in January 2009 will start off from London, then travel through France, Spain, and Morocco, then cross the Western Sahara to Timbuktu in Mali, before returning home via Senegal. The expedition’s centrepiece is a car… a flying car!

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The Parajet Skycar will match the rugged performance of a motorbike in the harshest terrains. Or it can just up and fly. The SkyCar flies by employing the latest technology in high speed, self stabilising, parafoil design, offering precise handling performance and an increased safety factor over conventional rigid wings. The SkyCar’s 'wings' can be folded into the boot of the SkyCar by the pilot alone.

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Capable of taking off from a field or airstrip in less than 200 metres, the SkyCar will be easier and safer to fly than conventional aircraft. It has no pitch control and therefore impossible to stall or dive. If the engine fails, the SkyCar simply glides down to the nearest field or strip of open space. An emergency parachute can be deployed in the event of serious wing failure, breakage, or mid-air collision.

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