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19th Jan '17 12:12:32 PM ElSquibbonator
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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 an automobile... except flying. Otherwise you could say we already have them in the form of helicopters or small planes. This would require some rather fanciful technology for a vehicle to get off the ground without wings or a rotor system in place. This is usually handwaved with some mention of an antigravity device. Still, a flying car would essentially be a personal aircraft and would require the same skills and regulations as a small airplane. The closest thing we have in real life is "roadable aircraft," essentially small planes whose wings and propeller detach, allowing the vehicle to be driven home from the airport. Not meant to replace your day-to-day car.

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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 an automobile... except flying. Otherwise you could say we already have them in the form of helicopters or small planes. This would require some rather fanciful technology for a vehicle to get off the ground without wings or a rotor system in place. This is usually handwaved with some mention of an antigravity device. Still, a flying car would essentially be a personal aircraft and would require the same skills and regulations as a small airplane. The closest thing we have in real life is "roadable aircraft," essentially small planes whose wings and propeller detach, allowing the vehicle to be driven home from the airport. Not meant to replace your day-to-day car.
car. "True" flying cars--that is, aircraft with the same low cost, utility and flexibility as cars and intended to fill the same niche as them in the market-- have been much less studied for a number of reasons.
19th Jan '17 12:09:48 PM ElSquibbonator
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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 not the least bit of convenience in owning one. 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 not the least bit of convenience in owning one. of People who pursue this concept are in it ''only'' for the RuleOfCool.



** [[http://www.fordpinto.com/mitzar1.htm There was even a flying]] [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]].

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** [[http://www.fordpinto.com/mitzar1.htm There was even a flying]] [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]].Pinto.]].
19th Jan '17 12:04:48 PM ElSquibbonator
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It's a quick way for writers to show just how super a {{superhero}} is, particularly if they are a BadassNormal. Or sometimes it's just a lazy way to demonstrate that a show is set in a far-flung time and/or place. Nothing screams "futuristic (or alien) city-scape" better than giant buildings with all the space between them [[FuturisticSuperhighway crammed with flying shiny specks]]! Either way, you need a flying car!

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It's In a quick way for writers setting more similar to the present day, a flying car can be used to show just how super off the credentials of a BadassNormal {{superhero}} is, particularly if they are or a BadassNormal.character who's rich enough to be one of the Fiction500. Or sometimes it's just a lazy way to demonstrate that a show is set in a far-flung time and/or place. Nothing screams "futuristic (or alien) city-scape" better than giant buildings with all the space between them [[FuturisticSuperhighway crammed with flying shiny specks]]! Either way, you need a flying car!
12th Jan '17 3:27:48 AM Unityd3v
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' has the Regalia Type-F, a flying car that serves as this installment's [[GlobalAirship airship]].
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11th Jan '17 11:13:53 AM wootzits
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* ''Manga/BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo'' has Magnum mini 4WD series' "Magnum Tornado", the NitroBoost making them able to fly and spin in the sky for a short time.
* There's lots of flying cars in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* '''FP'''s, short for '''F'''lying '''P'''latforms, are quite common in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAo''.
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' shows us the SteamPunk version, with flapping wings and steam engines.



* Wallace's Air Car in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. It can even be controlled remotely, a fact Ruby exploited twice during the final battles of the Ruby/Sapphire StoryArc.



* Wallace's Air Car in ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. It can even be controlled remotely, a fact Ruby exploited twice during the final battles of the Ruby/Sapphire StoryArc.
* There's lots of flying cars in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
* ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' shows us the SteamPunk version, with flapping wings and steam engines.
* ''Manga/BakusouKyoudaiLetsAndGo'' has Magnum mini 4WD series' "Magnum Tornado", the NitroBoost making them able to fly and spin in the sky for a short time.



* '''FP'''s, short for '''F'''lying '''P'''latforms, are quite common in ''Anime/EurekaSevenAo''.



* Flint Lockwood made an attempt of building one without wings in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' [[spoiler:though actually builds a working and winged one by the climax]].



* Flint Lockwood made an attempt of building one without wings in ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' [[spoiler: though actually builds a working and winged one by the climax]]
21st Dec '16 7:52:26 AM ThAlEdison
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* The entire point of ''VideoGame/FZero''
27th Nov '16 5:19:00 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie The LEGO Movie]]'', Good Cop/Bad Cop's police car can transform into a hovercar.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie The LEGO Movie]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', Good Cop/Bad Cop's police car can transform into a hovercar.



* Flint Lockwood made an attempt of building one without wings in ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' [[spoiler: though actually builds a working and winged one by the climax]]

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* Flint Lockwood made an attempt of building one without wings in ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' [[spoiler: though actually builds a working and winged one by the climax]]
18th Nov '16 7:16:47 AM Morgenthaler
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It's TheFuture and you want show how far technology has advanced. Or, your present-day Earthling heroes are visiting an alien planet whose society is light years ahead of us. Or the story is set in present-day Earth and you simply want to give your hero a CoolCar, but what do you do when missiles, NitroBoost and {{Ejection Seat}}s don't suffice to show just how much of a {{badass}} he is? Simple: flying cars!

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It's TheFuture and you want show how far technology has advanced. Or, your present-day Earthling heroes are visiting an alien planet whose society is light years ahead of us. Or the story is set in present-day Earth and you simply want to give your hero a CoolCar, but what do you do when missiles, NitroBoost and {{Ejection Seat}}s don't suffice to show just how much of a {{badass}} badass he is? Simple: flying cars!
14th Nov '16 8:08:21 PM PaulA
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* Creator/PhilipKDick had "ionscraft" in ''The Ganymede Takeover''.

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* ''Literature/TheGanymedeTakeover'' by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson had "ionscraft" in ''The Ganymede Takeover''."ionscraft".
9th Nov '16 8:56:12 AM nombretomado
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* The Whiz Wagon, used by ComicBook/JimmyOlsen and the Newsboy Legion during JackKirby's "Fourth World" tenure at DC in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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* The Whiz Wagon, used by ComicBook/JimmyOlsen and the Newsboy Legion during JackKirby's Creator/JackKirby's "Fourth World" tenure at DC in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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