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27th Jul '16 10:16:47 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity - and God knows what the propulsion system would be.) Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly. Hence the reason we don't really have them.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity - and God knows what the propulsion system would be.) anti-gravity). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly. Hence the reason we don't really have them.
27th Jul '16 10:16:08 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or strange propulsion system of some kind). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence the reason we don't really have them.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or strange - and God knows what the propulsion system of some kind). would be.) Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence fly. Hence the reason we don't really have them.
27th Jul '16 10:13:21 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or a strange propulsion system of some kind). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence the reason we don't really have them.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would require some rather fanciful technology (such as anti-gravity or a strange propulsion system of some kind). Creating a flying car in real life basically just gives you a small airplane or an exotic helicopter, and requires the same skills as a pilot to fly - hence the reason we don't really have them.
27th Jul '16 10:09:34 PM Hadjorim
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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. The fact that they would for all intents and purposes be personal aircraft, and require the same regulations and specialized skill as planes and helicopters is a big reason why we haven't seen any in our lifetimes. The other big reason is that the requirements of flight and the requirements of driving don't have a lot of overlap, thus any vehicle designed to do both is going to do both poorly due to the necessary engineering compromises. Several flying cars ''have been invented'' in RealLife, but [[AwesomeButImpractical the concept has always ended up getting scrapped]] because said flying cars used up a ''lot'' of fuel... and had a penchant for crash-landing when they ran out [[note]]Airplanes are specifically designed to glide to the ground in the case of engine failure, whereas a flying car would just plummet.[[/note]]. Most fictional cars {{handwave}} this by having some kind of AntiGravity element in place. Even so, the air traffic that would ensue would be ungovernable (See ''Back to the Future Part II'''s hilarious {{deconstruction}} of this trope.)

As the Real Life examples describe, the closest you'll get to a realistic flying car is a "roadable aircraft". That is, a small plane with folding wings that can be driven home or wherever from the airfield. They're not known for fuel efficiency, but they solve the problem of transportation once you land.

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The lack of flying cars in RealLife is a [[IWantMyJetpack common complaint]]. The fact When people think of flying cars, they generally mean a vehicle that they looks, drives and behaves exactly like a car... except flying. This would for all intents and purposes be personal aircraft, and require the same regulations and specialized skill some rather fanciful technology (such as planes and helicopters is anti-gravity or a big reason why we haven't seen any in our lifetimes. The other big reason is that the requirements strange propulsion system of flight and the requirements of driving don't have a lot of overlap, thus any vehicle designed to do both is going to do both poorly due to the necessary engineering compromises. Several flying cars ''have been invented'' in RealLife, but [[AwesomeButImpractical the concept has always ended up getting scrapped]] because said flying cars used up a ''lot'' of fuel... and had a penchant for crash-landing when they ran out [[note]]Airplanes are specifically designed to glide to the ground in the case of engine failure, whereas some kind). Creating a flying car would in real life basically just plummet.[[/note]]. Most fictional cars {{handwave}} this by having some kind of AntiGravity element in place. Even so, the air traffic that would ensue would be ungovernable (See ''Back to the Future Part II'''s hilarious {{deconstruction}} of this trope.)

As the Real Life examples describe, the closest you'll get to a realistic flying car is a "roadable aircraft". That is,
gives you a small plane with folding wings that can be driven home airplane or wherever from an exotic helicopter, and requires the airfield. They're not known for fuel efficiency, but they solve same skills as a pilot to fly - hence the problem of transportation once you land.
reason we don't really have them.
29th Jun '16 3:52:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Falconcar on ''DynomuttDogWonder''.

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* The Falconcar on ''DynomuttDogWonder''.''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder''.
25th Jun '16 3:37:40 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk2020}}'' has hovercars too, of course with the aerodynamics of a brick and only available to those with good amounts of dough. Most known are the hoverambulances of ''Trauma Team'', that provide a sort of a rescue service to those in trouble... of course for a price.
12th Jun '16 3:22:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* Goldie of ''GoldieGoldAndActionJack'' has a flying limo.

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* Goldie of ''GoldieGoldAndActionJack'' ''WesternAnimation/GoldieGoldAndActionJack'' has a flying limo.



* [[CoolMcCool The Coolmobile]] and [[HongKongPhooey the Phooeymobile]] are capable of flight, provided that their owners don't press a wrong button first.
* Dick Dastardly's [[WackyRaces Mean Machine]] is equipped with helicopter rotors that can make him airborne and take the lead from the other racers ("The Baja Ha-Ha Race"). But instead of actually trying to win the race via those means, he [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat stops for]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption one his regular failures to stop the others]].

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* [[CoolMcCool [[WesternAnimation/CoolMcCool The Coolmobile]] and [[HongKongPhooey [[WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey the Phooeymobile]] are capable of flight, provided that their owners don't press a wrong button first.
* Dick Dastardly's [[WackyRaces [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces Mean Machine]] is equipped with helicopter rotors that can make him airborne and take the lead from the other racers ("The Baja Ha-Ha Race"). But instead of actually trying to win the race via those means, he [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat stops for]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption one his regular failures to stop the others]].
31st May '16 11:22:00 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** In ''TransformersCybertron'', Optimus' vehicle mode has a flight configuration. The side panels swing out and then rotate down to become large wings, and the ladder/cannon on either one swings around so that it still faces forward. His vehicle mode? A fire truck. That's right, he turns into a ''[[CrazyAwesome flying fire truck]]''.

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** In ''TransformersCybertron'', ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'', Optimus' vehicle mode has a flight configuration. The side panels swing out and then rotate down to become large wings, and the ladder/cannon on either one swings around so that it still faces forward. His vehicle mode? A fire truck. That's right, he turns into a ''[[CrazyAwesome flying fire truck]]''.
21st May '16 4:02:11 PM Saber15
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* In ''Videogame/XRebirth'', the Consumer Compact Craft seen around space stations bear striking resemblance to cars and trucks, minus the wheels, and come in a wide variety of models from delivery to sleek and sporty. They fly around in lose three-dimensional "lanes" that thread the stations and the space between them as police compact craft move about scanning for contraband. CCC's have no capacity for weaponry and are roughly the size of modern traffic vehicles, whereas even the smallest proper SpaceFighter is significantly larger, comparable to a modern jet fighter.
16th May '16 12:46:50 PM Morgenthaler
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* ChuckBerry's "You Can't Catch Me" - "I got a brand new Airmobile/it's custom made, t'was a Flight De Ville"

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* ChuckBerry's Music/ChuckBerry's "You Can't Catch Me" - "I got a brand new Airmobile/it's custom made, t'was a Flight De Ville"
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