BOEING FLYING CAR MODEL
In August 2004 newspapers across the continent that are affiliated with Associated Press, carried reports that Boeing in Seattle is studying the flying car. Researchers there have created a miniature model of a sporty red helicopter/car hybrid that they say is helping the aerospace giant understand what it would take to make flying cars a reality.
Lynne Wenberg, shown here with the model in the report published by the Toronto Daily Star, is senior manager of the project. She says the goal is to make a flying car that costs the same as a luxury vehicle, is quiet and fuel-efficient but, as well, is easy to fly and maintain.
Boeing is reported to be interested also in the broader problem of figuring out how to police the airways, saying they fear total pandemonium if thousands of flying cars enter the skies.
Says Lynne, "The neat, gee-whiz part is thinking about what would the vehicle itself look like, but we're trying to think through all the ramifications of what would it take to deploy a fleet of these."
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