IT'S A PLANE--NO, WAIT--A CAR

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Author: JEAN THILMANY
Date: May 2001
From: Mechanical Engineering-CIME(Vol. 123, Issue 5)
Publisher: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Document Type: Brief article
Length: 741 words

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You've always known it was just a matter of time before the world demanded some kind of flying machine that would replace the automobile. Well, maybe you haven't exactly always known that. But let's face it, you've probably whiled away a little of your parked-in-traffic time dreaming about the day you could simply, with a turn of the ignition key, take off into the air.

Enter Moller International, a Davis, Calif., company that aims to meet the world's need for a flying car. And the flying-car future, according to Paul Moller, president and chief executive officer, is right around the corner.

Though it might sound like it at first blush, Moller, 64, is hardly a flake. He holds a doctorate from McGill University in Montreal, and was a professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering at the University of California, Davis, for 11 years through 1975. The flying-car prototype that his company built has yet to fly, although he has hopes of a demonstration flight in the near future.

Moller calls his flying vehicle the M400 Skycar, and bills it as the first and only feasible,...

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