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22nd Oct '17 11:44:35 PM SomberCaelifera
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** The Fourth Doctor's companion Romana once remarked that she was given a flying car for her [[Really700YearsOld 70th birthday.]]
6th Oct '17 6:47:57 PM DesertDragon
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Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it lousy at one and horrible at the other. Not only are such vehicles clunky to operate, but they are also expensive to purchase and burn a lot of fuel while in use, meaning they're not in the least bit practical. People who pursue this concept are in it ''only'' for the RuleOfCool.

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Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it lousy bad at one and horrible worse at the other. Not only are such vehicles clunky to operate, but they are also expensive to purchase and burn a lot of fuel while in use, meaning they're not in the least bit practical. People who pursue this concept are in it ''only'' for the RuleOfCool.
12th Sep '17 10:29:11 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Literature/TerraIgnota'', flying cars are essential to the world, since they have been developed far enough to circle the globe in mere hours, allowing people to live in Europe, work on another continent and return home in time for dinner. A large portion of the plot is centered around the bash' house that runs the flying-car system for almost the entire world, something they have been doing for generations. It all can only function because set-sets, [[WetwareCPU human computers]] specialized to an extreme for the calculation of millions of flight routes at once, have been developed.
2nd Sep '17 6:57:43 PM Kalaong
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* [[https://lilium.com/ Lilium]] is working on one with ''all'' the bells and whistles; it's quieter than a motorcycle, it can be summoned with a smartphone(''that'' needs to be in the next ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' game), and it's '''electric''' - with a 300 km range ''and'' per-hour speed.
30th Aug '17 11:56:51 AM RedScharlach
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* Establishing shots of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films usually feature vehicles flying across the skyline. Apparently, people can't just [[ReedRichardsIsUseless beam themselves to work]] -- it's the ''states'' after all. People there need the pleasure of driving like pedestrians need oxygen. Not to mention that this is the [[Franchise/StarTrek franchise]] which [[TropeCodifier codified]] the TeleporterAccident trope. Anyone who saw ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' would prefer to take a shuttle. Subverted in [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 film]] with a young Kirk having a car which very decidedly could ''not'' fly, although he was still pursued by a cop on flying bike.

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* Establishing shots of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films usually feature vehicles flying across the skyline. Apparently, people can't just [[ReedRichardsIsUseless beam themselves to work]] -- it's the ''states'' after all. People there need the pleasure of driving like pedestrians need oxygen. Not to mention that this is the [[Franchise/StarTrek franchise]] which [[TropeCodifier codified]] the TeleporterAccident trope. Anyone who saw ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' would prefer to take a shuttle. Subverted in [[Film/StarTrek the 2009 film]] with a young Kirk having a car which very decidedly could ''not'' fly, although he was still pursued by a cop on a flying bike.



* In the 1930's sci-fi musical ''Film/JustImagine'' everyone has their own propeller-driven personal airplane with horizontal props inset in each wing so they can hover in midair, allowing their occupants to chat or burst into song. In a TakeThat against the anti-semetic Henry Ford, all the car manufacturers have Jewish names.

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* In the 1930's sci-fi musical ''Film/JustImagine'' everyone has their own propeller-driven personal airplane with horizontal props inset in each wing so they can hover in midair, allowing their occupants to chat or burst into song. In a TakeThat against the anti-semetic anti-semitic Henry Ford, all the car manufacturers have Jewish names.



** In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets second book]], Arthur Weasley enchanted a Ford Anglia to make it able to fly. [[LoopholeAbuse Because of a loophole]], it wouldn't be considered illegal as long as nobody flew on it. The car becomes ''sentient'' thanks to the Forbidden Forest's innate magic and comes to Ron and Harry's rescue later in the book.

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** In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets second book]], Arthur Weasley enchanted a Ford Anglia to make it able to fly. [[LoopholeAbuse Because of a loophole]], it wouldn't be considered illegal as long as nobody flew on in it. The car becomes ''sentient'' thanks to the Forbidden Forest's innate magic and comes to Ron and Harry's rescue later in the book.



** ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'' shows how perfectly normal aircars are in the distant future, with Stephanie's parents, as a gift on her fifteenth birthday, allow her to take the test ot get her Aircar license.

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** ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'' shows how perfectly normal aircars are in the distant future, with Stephanie's parents, as a gift on her fifteenth birthday, allow her to take the test ot to get her Aircar license.



* Some of the ''VideoGame/ChoroQ'' games have {{jet pack}}s and wings as add-ons which allow your car to fly.ggg

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* Some of the ''VideoGame/ChoroQ'' games have {{jet pack}}s and wings as add-ons which allow your car to fly.ggg



** Since the wheel doesn't seem to exist (outside of games that is) just about every vehicle in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is a flying vehicle. Along with Bob's flying classic car, this includes the system's airforce of [=ABC=]s and their villianous counterpart the [=CPU=]s which look like flying police cars.

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** Since the wheel doesn't seem to exist (outside of games that is) just about every vehicle in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is a flying vehicle. Along with Bob's flying classic car, this includes the system's airforce of [=ABC=]s and their villianous villainous counterpart the [=CPU=]s which look like flying police cars.



Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it lousy at one and horrible at the other. Not only are such vehicles clunky to operate, but they are also expensive to purchase and burn a lot of fuel while in use, meaning there's not the least bit of practicality. People who pursue this concept are in it ''only'' for the RuleOfCool.

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Many many ''many'' attempts have been made in real life at combining automobiles and aircraft, as you'll see below, but the idea has never gotten off the ground (pun intended) for the same reason combined baseball/football stadiums went out of style: their functional needs are so different, making something that does both only succeeds in making it lousy at one and horrible at the other. Not only are such vehicles clunky to operate, but they are also expensive to purchase and burn a lot of fuel while in use, meaning there's they're not in the least bit of practicality.practical. People who pursue this concept are in it ''only'' for the RuleOfCool.



** Of course making it fly safely is only the first step, you then have to get FAA approval and find backing. the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Aerocar Taylor Aerocar]] managed the second step, but not quite the third.

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** Of course making it fly safely is only the first step, you then have to get FAA approval and find backing. the The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taylor_Aerocar Taylor Aerocar]] managed the second step, but not quite the third.



* [[http://www.hammacher.com/Product/11812 It's only yours for $350 grand!]]

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* [[http://www.hammacher.com/Product/11812 It's only yours for only $350 grand!]]
18th Aug '17 8:43:44 PM Daedalis
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* ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' uses magnetic levitation cars and trains that hover less than ten feet off the ground. It's handwaved that maglev-equipped vehicles are cheaper and easier than building and maintaining roads.
7th Jul '17 9:15:01 AM Piterpicher
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* Some of the ''ChoroQ'' games have {{jet pack}}s and wings as add-ons which allow your car to fly.ggg

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* Some of the ''ChoroQ'' ''VideoGame/ChoroQ'' games have {{jet pack}}s and wings as add-ons which allow your car to fly.ggg
20th Jun '17 8:08:30 AM Piterpicher
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* Lowly Worm from the RichardScarry books apparantly drives an apple-shaped car that also serves as a helicopter since its "leaves" actually function as the helicopter's blades. Except how the heck is he able to drive it if he doesn't have any arms?

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* Lowly Worm from the RichardScarry Creator/RichardScarry books apparantly drives an apple-shaped car that also serves as a helicopter since its "leaves" actually function as the helicopter's blades. Except how the heck is he able to drive it if he doesn't have any arms?
27th May '17 3:06:46 PM nombretomado
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* ''The Flying Car'', a short film taking place in Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse. Stuck in traffic, Randall and Dante discuss what they would hypothetically be willing to do to get the flying car. Randall badgers Dante by upping the ante until the latter relents and says he would be willing to have his foot hacked off and be sodomized by a MadScientist in exchange for the flying car.

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* ''The Flying Car'', a short film taking place in Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse.Film/TheViewAskewniverse. Stuck in traffic, Randall and Dante discuss what they would hypothetically be willing to do to get the flying car. Randall badgers Dante by upping the ante until the latter relents and says he would be willing to have his foot hacked off and be sodomized by a MadScientist in exchange for the flying car.
25th May '17 5:00:44 PM Pinokio
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* The Ehang 184 Passenger Drone may fit another definition of car, instead of being the type of car that can be driven on the road.

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* The Ehang 184 Passenger Drone may fit another definition of car, instead of being the type of car that can Drones appear to be driven taking on the road.role of flying cars.
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