Ever wish you could just hit a button and have your car sprout wings and be able to get off the road and above the traffic congestion, construction and everything else that makes driving such a hassle?  Well, you ambitious DIY’ers out there ought to lay down the mig welder for a few minutes and check this out.

I just saw a piece on Jalopnic.com that announces the successful first flight test of the Terrafugia Transition, which they bill not as a “flying car” but as a “roadable aircraft”. 

On the ground it’s a front-wheel drive unleaded-fueled vehicle.  It gets around 30 MPG with a top speed of 65 MPH.  In the air it can fly 450 miles at over 115 MPH.  It can make the transformation from plane to car in less than 30 seconds.

However this baby’s not for everybody, especially since it’s going to retail at a cool $194,000 when it eventually goes on sale.  Those who just can’t wait to get one can reserve theirs ahead of time for a paltry $10,000 at Terrafugia’s website.

Here’s A video of the first flight of the Terrafugia Transition on March 5th, 2009 at Plattsburgh International Airport in Plattsburgh, NY.

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