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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 12:33 p.m. PST

"The U.S. Air Force is planning to put its futuristic flying car through a series of tests next year that will help determine how the service can use the vehicle, at home or deployed.

The Air Force Research Lab's AFWERX innovation program announced the service's Agility Prime has cleared several regulations that moves planning forward for its "organic resupply bus," or ORB. The flying car, the S4 made by aerospace company Joby Aviation, passed a Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA) evaluation, the initial step that enables the unusual aircraft "to fly under Air Force contract in early 2021," the service said in a December release…"

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USAFpilot11 Jan 2021 1:34 p.m. PST

The flying car; otherwise known as an aircraft. :-)

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2021 3:00 p.m. PST

"Flying car" really suggests the thing the Jetson had. Or the air/raft from Traveller, which is actually more of a flying pickup truck.

Legion 411 Jan 2021 3:23 p.m. PST

Yeah … sounds kind'a like a plane. Still no G. Jetson yet …sadly … frown

USAFpilot11 Jan 2021 3:24 p.m. PST

The flying car, or flying truck, Jetson style is the dream. The reality is that the laws of physics still apply, no magic carpets. Aeronautical engineering is all about countering the effects of gravity (weight). Airframe weight, fuel weight, crew, passenger, cargo weight. With technology the airframe weight can be reduced with advanced materials without sacrificing strength. More efficient engines will reduce fuel weight. It all comes down to reducing weight.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Jan 2021 4:52 p.m. PST

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Legion 412 Jan 2021 9:29 a.m. PST

I get the "Daily Briefing" … well … daily. Pretty good informative too …

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