The dream of a flying car have been popular ever since the Jetson's cartoon ran on the ABC network back in 1962 and 1963. The idea of not being constrained to roads and traffic jams definitely had its appeal. As the population increased, the cost of fuel and the traffic with it, the concept sounded even better. The fact is that the first flying car was built by Waldo Waterman, and took to the air on March 21st of 1937. It was called the Whatsit. It looked more like a tailless airplane than a car, but was powered by a Studebake engine and could fly at 110 MPH and drive at 55 MPH.
What is not commonly known, is that in the 1950's the Ford Motor Company did a serious feasibility study for a flying car product. It determined even back then that it was technically feasible, econimically manufaturable, and had significant realistic markets. But when Ford approached the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all known forms of air traffic control were inadequate for the volume of traffic that Ford proposed. Heck, even the original Henry Ford in 1940 said, "Mark my word: A combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will com."
In the sixties Dr. Paul S. Moller started on his dream of building a skycar, which was featured in Scientific American. Over the years, he has built several working models. One of which, was round and looked like a flying saucer. His persistent dream version is more of what we might consider a science fiction version. It is called the M400. To date 110 million dollars has been spent on its development. It has four turbine engines that rotate like a Harrier jet for vertical take offs and landings. Right now the cost is about a million dollars, but if they could go into full production the price would fall to around $60,000.
The major hold up has been how to manage all of this traffic in three dimensions. The FAA, NASA, and a bunch of other organizations mainly known by their letters have been building highways in the skies for many years now. It is only since the growth of G.P.S. systems, and the power of computers have increased to the point that actual use of flying cars becomes possible. Right now you must have a pilot's license to operate one of these vehicles. In the near future you will basically log on to the system, enter your destination, and the air traffic control system will automatically take you to your destination. The system will maintain the distance between vehicles, speed, and almost all other navigational functions. So special pilot training won't be necessary.
The first car to really fit into the vision of a soundless anti-gravity vehicle wasn't invented until the year 2012. Although it was silent and appeared to be true anti-gravity, it was more like gravity focus or gravity funneling. Like two giant magnets that are polarized to repel each other, there is electromagnetic energy created by that opposing force. It is that energy that is used to drive the vehicle up and forward.
This amazing manipulation of gravity wasn't discovered by one of the giant automotive corporations, or one of the aircraft companies, it was discovered by an MIT dropout in his garage. Rather than sell his invention to the auto industry, he built kits that people could adapt to their own vehicles. He didn't have the clout or connections to take his invention main stream, so he hired Gary L. Cowger who was the president of General Motors North America. This was accomplished by giving Gary a two percent interest in the patent itself. Gary knew it would be worth billions.
He started the financing by taking a million advance orders for twenty thousand dollars a piece. This raised twenty billion dollars in initial start-up cash. To grease the wheels of commerce and cut through the red tape, he provided the U.S. military, law enforcement, and a few well-placed politicians with the first ones at ten percent less than cost. Gary's initial two percent bonus was a cool four hundred million dollars.
The actual cost per unit was based on the weight of the auto body it had to lift. So it became nouveau chic to take obscure older mini-cars and convert them into flying cars. Henry had been on the Chicago police force for over twenty years. When he spotted the 1953 Isetta with a flying car conversion kit in this part of town, he knew something was wrong. He was a big fan of the flying cars and he knew that only four 1953 Isetta's were known to exist in the world. No one in their right "legal" mind would bring something of that value into the barrio. He turned on his lights and siren, forcing the Isetta and its driver to the street below. He called for back-up before approaching the flying car with his gun drawn.