Most aircraft follow standard design norms and have a predictable configuration. Then you have other aircraft – the kind that look more like a product of Photoshopping than engineering. Some are simply unique, and others are downright weird.
This is the Terrafugia TF-X
This is the Terrafugia TF-X, a flying car concept that will be able to take off and land vertically.
The TF-X will be a hybrid electric flying car that can seat four passengers and reach speeds of 320km/h (200mph). The car has retractable wings which fold into the body of the car when driving and unfurl when preparing to take off.
Because the car can take off and land vertically like a helicopter, there is no need for a runway. This means you will be able to take off and land practically anywhere. According to Terrafugia, the driver will simply need to tell the car where to go, and it will fly for you. One megawatt of power will then lift the car off the ground and a ducted fan will thrust it through the air.
The TF-X will have a cruising speed of 320km/h and 800km (500 miles) of range. That could get you from New York to Toronto, Canada. Terrafugia also says it will be totally autonomous in the air. All the driver will need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.
Delorean Aerospace Dr7
The DeLorean Aerospace DR-7 would be a twin forward and rear tilt propeller flying car developed for personal use.
The forward and rear propellers will be capable of 360 degree forward/back tilt. In vertical mode the DeLorean will be able to achieve Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL). As the propellers tilt more toward a horizontal position it will enter cruising mode. The front system is a tractor propeller and the rear prop a pusher. The counter-spinning fans will help stabilize the DR-7 as well as provide roll and yaw control while hovering and yaw while in cruising flight. The thrust-vectoring system precludes the need of a rudder. The fuselage will act as an airfoil with stall-resistant canard. The design will increase efficiency and decrease stall resistance to low speeds. The DR-7 will have a cruising speed of 241 km/h with a top speed of 389 km/h. At full speed the range will be 193 km.
The DR-7 will carry two passengers in a tandem configuration. It will be 6 m long with a wingspan of 5.6 m. The wings will fold the vehicle to a 2.3 m width allowing it to fit in a garage.
When the young Icarus in Greek mythology flew too close to the sun, the wax on his wings melted, the feathers fell away and within minutes he could no longer fly. I wonder what he would be thinking now if he had witnessed two Swiss pilots not only using the power of the sun to power their airplane, the Solar Impulse 2, but their flying time totalled 23 days in the first ever round-the-world solar-powered flight. Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, founders of the project took turns to pilot the aircraft during their epic 16-month voyage to promote renewable energy. They began the circumnavigation in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi. It has since crossed both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans without any fossil fuel or polluting emissions (i.e. petrol, diesel etc) whatsoever, covering 40,000km in 16 months.
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