A new high-performance flying car called the Switchblade has recently completed its maiden flight, marking a significant milestone in the development of this innovative vehicle. The first flight took place at the Moses Lake Airport/Grant County Airport in the US, commonly used for flight testing by major aircraft manufacturers like Boeing.
The Switchblade, often referred to as a ‘flying sports car,’ is made of strong lightweight carbon fiber construction and is designed to be a high-performance vehicle in both driving and flying modes. It is equipped with a three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-liter engine that produces 190 horsepower and runs on 91 octane unleaded auto gas instead of aviation fuel, making it more environmentally friendly and easily integrated into the existing transportation system.
During its maiden flight, veteran test pilot Robert Moehle successfully flew the Switchblade under cloudy skies and calm winds. The vehicle smoothly lifted off and reached an altitude of 500 feet (152 meters). It remained airborne for almost six minutes, flying above the expansive airport and surrounding foothills, before gently landing to complete the first flight.
With its maximum driving speed of 201 km/h (125 mph) and an estimated maximum flight speed of 305 km/h (190 mph), the Switchblade offers both speed and versatility. Owners can drive their street-legal Switchblade to a nearby airport and transform it into flying mode in less than three minutes. It can then fly up to 804 kilometers (500 miles) before refueling, cruising at 257 km/h (160 mph). The vehicle seats two people side-by-side, with room for smaller travel bags, and its wings fold in to protect them during driving mode.
Priced at an estimated starting point of $170,000, the Switchblade has already garnered significant worldwide demand. More than 2,300 reservations have been made from 57 countries, with all 50 states in the US represented. The vehicle’s dashboard is designed to accommodate both right-hand and left-hand drive, catering to future owners from around the world.
The successful maiden flight of the Switchblade represents a major advancement in the development of flying cars. With its impressive performance capabilities and the growing demand for this type of innovative transportation, the Switchblade is poised to revolutionize the way we travel in the near future.