Permission for take off

The Terrafugia Transition, the world's first flying car, has been given permission to take off in the United States.

No, this is not an unseasonal April Fool's. The Terrafuggia works much like a normal car, and on the ground can reach a top speed of 65 mph. Unfold its 30 ft wings though and this vehicle can fly 115mph while consuming five gallons of fuel an hour.

Almost like the space race, over in a little town called Europe, £4.2 million has already been invested in myCopter – a Personal Aerial Vehicle – which likewise enables commuters to get the better of traffic by taking to the skies. Participants in the project include Liverpool University.

But a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority downplayed the significance of the project, saying: Flying cars have been around since the 1930s. They may work in the United States, where every small provincial town as an airfield. But that is not the case here, in any case distances are much shorter in the UK.'

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