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->''"Roads? Where we're going we don't need ''roads''."''
-->-- '''Doc Brown''', ''Film/BackToTheFuture''

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So your hero needs a CoolCar. But what do you do when missiles, NitroBoost and [[EjectionSeat ejector seats]] don't suffice to show just how much of a {{badass}} he is? Simple: make it a flying car.

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 a show is [[TheFuture set in the future]]. Nothing screams "futuristic 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! Just ask [[http://youtu.be/Nq2GWRG8s0s Dante and Randall.]]

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. 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 saying something about an 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.)

If you still want your flying car, look into gyrocopters.

See also: LookMaNoPlane.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[TeamChef Satsuki]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a flying ''Dining-Car Restaurant''. Having two MadScientist friends sure is handy.
* Flying cars exist in ''SilentMoebius,'' but have yet to replace ground vehicles. The AMP uses 'spinner' patrol cars and Rally has a flying limousine.
* Wallace's Air Car in ''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.
* ''TrinityBlood'' has an aerodynamics-challenged version.
* '''FP'''s, short for '''F'''lying '''P'''latforms, are quite common in ''EurekaSevenAo''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour's Fantasti-Car.
* In the MarvelUniverse, ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} has a small fleet of flying cars.
* The Star Rocket Racer, the rarely-seen personal flying auto of both the [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Star-Spangled Kid and Stargirl of the JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Ever since she got her Cosmic Rod she hasn't really had a need for it.
* SheHulk once had a flying car (a gift from a benevolent alien) but later lost it.
* The Supermobile was a flying car piloted by Franchise/{{Superman}}. [[MerchandiseDriven Why would Superman need a flying car, you ask?]]
** The comics' excuse was that the Supermobile was invented by Superman at a time he'd lost his powers, and needed something to help him fight Amazo. The car was capable of duplicating most of his powers, was constructed of a super-hard metal, and could shield him from kryptonite.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** The Batcraft flown by Jim Gordon III, in the computer-generated {{cyberpunk}} {{Elseworld}} comic ''Comicbook/BatmanDigitalJustice''.
** In GrantMorrison's ''Batman and Robin'', Dick Grayson and Damien Wayne have a flying Batmobile.
** In John Byrne's ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations'', Clark Wayne as Knight-Wing operated a flying Batmobile.
** The Batmobile itself became a flying car, as well as a submersible (!) in Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder''.
* A main staple in a lot of Antarctic Press comics. Asrial from ''NinjaHighSchool'' converts a junked car into one as part of a challenge if she qualified for a job as a mechanic. It later used as the protagonist main transportation around town. Gina from ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' patented (and often destroyed) "Gina Mobile" can turn into one when needed. And the heroes main transportation in the first half of ''IHuntMonsters'' have one named Kirby that they use to get around the world.
* [[IronMan Tony Stark's]] flying Ferrari also counts.
* ''{{Chassis}}'' was a comic book series built around the sport of rocket car racing.
* The Whiz Wagon, used by JimmyOlsen and the Newsboy Legion during JackKirby's "Fourth World" tenure at DC in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}'', Gramps had a flying motorcycle.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': In one Sunday comic, Calvin daydreams that his parents let him drive the family car. He then makes the car fly simply by driving so fast that the speedometer breaks.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The police car on Dandond in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. George wants to take it home with him.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' featured a fantasy sequence by Lightning [=McQueen=] where he becomes '''Dinoco Lightning Storm [=McQueen=]''', flies through the air, and dispatches evil tripods with missiles. Given that his very next fantasy involves opening nights and the Hollywood Walk of fame, he ''may'' have been fantasising about film-star ambitions.
* In ''{{Cars 2}}'', espionage agent Holly Shiftwell can fly. Mater manages to do so when he deploys both his parachute and his rocket thrusters.
* In [[WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie The LEGO Movie,]] Good Cop/Bad Cop's police car can transform into a hovercar.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor'' puts flubber into a car, and bombards it with gamma rays to make it levitate.
* The Spinners from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''
* In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', [[BigBad Francisco Scaramanga]] escapes with a winged AMC Matador.
* ''The Flying Car'', a short film taking place in the Askewniverse.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part II'' makes flying cars commonplace by [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture the year 2015]]. Apparently the writers really liked this idea, because it was one of the few things from the original script of the first movie to survive.
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'' has lots of these, of course.
* In ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', Centauri's CoolCar is both a FlyingCar and a starship.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Luke's speeder in ''Film/ANewHope'' was only ever a few inches off the ground, but it did fly, technically...
** The Coruscant speeder chase in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''. Coruscant seems practically on the verge of having FlyingCar traffic jams...
** All sorts of military and civilian [[AntiGravity repulsorlift]] vehicles abound in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. Speeder bikes (from ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi''), airspeeders, hovertrucks, pod racers, swoops...
* Lady Penelope's pink Ford limousine in the live-action ''Film/{{Thunderbirds}}'' movie.
* 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.
* In ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', Lone Starr's flying Winnebago, the Eagle V. Princess Vespa's space car also qualifies. It was a Mercedes!
* Perhaps the earliest example in film would be the small personal airplanes seen flitting amongst the buildings in Fritz Lang's ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''. They may not have looked like cars, but they seemed to fill the same function. This was probably also the TropeMaker for the whole "throw in some flying cars zipping between giant buildings to establish that we're in TheFuture" thing, and it remains popular to this day.
* ''RepoMan'' and the 1964 Chevrolet Malibu.
* The French film ''[[Film/{{Fantomas}} Fantômas se déchaîne]]'' ("Fantômas Unleashed") ends with the titular villain escaping in a Citroën DS that converts into an airplane.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. The IWantMyJetpack aspect is spoofed when Howard Stark presents a prototype to an awestruck public at a 1940's technology expo, saying that in a few years (thanks to the amazing technology being developed by Stark Industries) cars will not have wheels. The demo car then [[DisastrousDemonstration blows a fuse and crashes to the floor]]. Stark recovers by making a joke of it. "I said a few years, didn't I?"
* The students of ''SkyHigh'' go to school in a flying bus.
* {{Defied|Trope}} with The Bat in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'':
-->'''Selina:''' My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.\\
'''Batman:''' This isn't a car.
* 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.
* Director Nick Fury's SUV reportedly has flight capabilities that were disabled during the attack on him in ''CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Sirius' flying motorbike.
** 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.
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''.
* ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein features one of the coolest cars of all time: Gay Deceiver. It doesn't just fly, it flies at hypersonic speed with retractable swing wings. It is capable of vertical take-offs and landings. It can even do semiballistic sub-orbital flights just past the edge of space. Oh, and it gets upgraded with a time machine that can visit alternate universes, some of them fictional ones, including [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] and [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland]], as well as the ability to teleport within the same universe. Seats four, six if they're really friendly. Plus, it has a magic annex (thanks to one of those visits to Oz) with a pair of fully-functional bathrooms and a never-empty picnic basket. And a superintelligent talking computer autopilot with a wicked sense of humor and a sexy contralto voice. And a highly illegal (but well-hidden) laser cannon.
** Pretty much all of Heinlein's "Future History" stories have flying cars. One of them (''Literature/ThePuppetMasters'') even describes the North American radar net as being called the "[[Literature/TheBible No Sparrow Shall Fall]]" network that tracks every car (note there are about 250 million registered passenger vehicles currently in the USA). Despite the fact that he was considered one of the "kings" of [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness Hard Science Fiction]], he never would admit that flying cars are AwesomeButImpractical.
* The ''Literature/InDeath'' series, set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Then, as now, cop equipment is crappy. But they ''do'' have flying cars, ''and'' [[StunGuns laser stunners]], ''and'' offworld travel is more or less routine. I'd say the trade-offs are worth it.
* The ''[[ThirdWorldProducts 3rd World Products]]'' series. Though those were van to small bus size and larger.
* Creator/PhilipKDick had "ionscraft" in ''The Ganymede Takeover''.
* Like most SpeculativeFiction settings with mature AntiGravity technology, Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga has a wide variety of flying vehicles:
** Float bikes (flying motorcycle analog)
** Lightfliers (2-4 passenger, high performance)
** Aircars (4-8 passenger. Police/security models have varying armament options)
** Lift Vans (mass cargo/passenger transport)
** Anything larger will usually have orbital capability, moving into cargo shuttle or DropShip territory.
* ''Literature/{{Dune}}'''s ornithopters (or just "thopter"s) probably count, although they may be more equivalent to helicopters. Note that ornithopters are a real invention, people have been attempting (and failing) to build practical ones for a century now.
* Played hilariously straight in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' when Aziraphale decides that 4-5 miles an hour on a small scooter is not fast enough to prevent the apocalypse. So he makes it fly. Very, very fast.
* The aptly named [[XtremeKoolLetterz SkyKar]] in ''Literature/VillainDotNet''.
* The [[InsistentTerminology volantors]] of Chasm City seen in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''[[Literature/RevelationSpaceSeries Revelation Space]]'' series. Their most explicit appearance is in the novella ''Diamond Dogs''.
* 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?
* In Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, aircars have pretty much replaced ground cars, with the latter only being used on backward planets in fringe sectors. There are limousines, vans and sports cars, all of which can operate on different altitudes. They're also handy for [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident disposing of troublesome people]] by certain less scrupulous organizations.
** ''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.
* In SA Swann's Literature/TerranConfederacy universe, flying cars start out as vectored thrust vehicles mostly limited to the rich, but after the invention of contragrav they become much more common.
* The title character of ''Literature/{{Tinker}}'' invented magically powered hoverbikes, and now races them.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Flying Motor Bikes from ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic Galactica 1980]]''.
* One of the first things Billy did in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' once he started getting savvy with alien technology was make a flying Volkswagen Beetle he dubbed the "Rad Bug". Yes, they could, technically, teleport if they wanted to, but even [[{{Nerd}} Billy]] could tell that a flying car was cooler. And it did come in handy the times they ''couldn't'' teleport.
** ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger''/''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' has two sentient cars, one of which could convert to a flight mode.
** Also, Speedor of ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' / the Eagle Racer of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' is a zord that's half-sports car, half-bird (condor in ''Go-Onger'', eagle in ''RPM''); and has a flight mode in line with the "bird" half. ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' and ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' later introduce its successor Machalcon / the Turbo Falcon zord (half-formula racer, half-falcon) who likewise has flight ability.
** ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' frequently showed a small number of flying vehicles to remind us that we're TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Oddly, the ''Ranger's'' vehicles were all either ground-bound or full-blown aircraft.
* ''Series/{{Automan}}'' could have Cursor instantly convert his CoolCar into a CoolPlane.
* The third Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' (while grounded on Earth by the Time Lords) briefly used a futuristic flying car dubbed by fans as "The Whomobile".
** More recently, the new series has "New Earth", which features flying cars. In its second appearance, the cars have the worst traffic jam in the history of the universe in "Gridlock".
* The final scene of the SeriesFinale of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has flying cars pass outside the window to show the story has advanced decades in the future when the [[spoiler:never aging]] NBC President [[spoiler:Kenneth]] is pitched a show totally set at 30 Rockefeller Plaza by [[spoiler:Liz Lemon's great grand daughter]]
* The final scene of the first episode of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has Agent Coulson quoting Doc Brown verbatim while flying away in his CoolCar.
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[[folder:Music]]
* In Music/JagaJazzist's AnimatedMusicVideo for "Animal Chin", the band travels in two ordinary-looking cars, which bounce wildly on the ground before inexplicably taking to the skies.
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[[folder:Other Sites]]
* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1122 SCP-1122 ("The House of Tomorrow")]]. One of the technological items found in the House is a working flying car.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The third Doctor's Whomobile appears in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/DoctorWho''.
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[[folder:Puppet shows]]
* Professor [=McClaine=]'s flying car in ''Series/{{Joe 90}}'' has about the most uncool design a flying vehicle ever had.
* ''Series/{{Supercar}}'' from the Gerry Anderson series of the same name.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has a selection of hovercars in addition to normal cars, helicopters, and airplanes. The really fun thing is that if you have a reasonable DM, it is possible to afford a hovercar at character creation (it will eat up around half your cash, though)
* ''TabletopGame/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' has spacesters: look like a car, move like a flying saucer. No teenager can afford to buy one -- but a clever human/alien pair can ''build'' one by, yes, cannibalizing parts from a car and a flying saucer.
* Flying cars exist in ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'', but their use is restricted to police, emergency services and the military.
* Flying cars are fairly common on Mars (lower gravity) and Venus (inhospitable surface) in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Dribble and Spitz's taxi in the ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' series is capable of flight and space travel.
* ''BeamBreakers'' was a computer game in which you drove antigravity cars in a ''Film/TheFifthElement''-esque city. It was also awesome...
* The Pheonix Hovercar in ''{{X-COM}}: Apocalypse''. Together with the [[CoolBike Hoverbikes]], they're excellent vehicles for {{Zerg Rush}}ing {{Flying Saucer}}s in the early and mid game.
* Some of the ''ChoroQ'' games have {{jet pack}}s and wings as add-ons which allow your car to fly.
* Common in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', due to the ubiquity of Element Zero-based technology. In the "Lair of the Shadow Broker" DLC for ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', you even get to pilot one in a scene reminiscent of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones''.
* ''SpaceTaxi''.
* ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheUnwoundFuture'' features the Laytonmobile, a decidedly dated car...which, thanks to Don Paolo, can sprout wings and an airscrew and transform into a fully functional aeroplane.
--> '''Luke''': "Professor, where did you learn to fly a plane?"
--> '''Layton''': "Plane? This is an automobile."
* A common power-up for your tank in the ''VideoGame/BlasterMaster'' series.
* VideoGame/TexMurphy has one in ''Mean Streets''. It is not clear what happened to it in the subsequent games.
* ''VideoGame/NightStriker'', an "Into-the-screen" ShootEmUp has you play as one.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart 7'' features cars that can turn into hang gliders.
* Hover cars seem to the norm in ''FutureCopLAPD'', even if they still use roads.
* The ''RogueSquadron'' games have a cheat-only flying Buick Electra convertible as an EasterEgg.
* The intro of ''StarOcean'': Till the End of Time depicts a future Earth full of flying cars and floating buildings. They've even put the Statue of Liberty on top of a tower, presumably so New Yorkers can see it better from their flying cars.
* The video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/HarryPotter'' video game has Harry and Ron unable to navigate an aircraft, get lost and then get nearly killed by a Jumbo Jet.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* John takes his dad's car, and does the windy thing to make it fly in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2004-08-31 Slick promises flying cars while running for president.]]
* The standard mode of transportation in ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity''. Ben's doubles as a TimeMachine.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': When Riff first encounters Dr. Schlock, a time traveller from the future, and tries to ask him for help to build a new time machine to recover his friends from the past, Schlock says that he hasn't been a scientist in twenty years and has no future technology with him. Then he tries to fly away in his car.
* [[http://xkcd.com/864/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' features Cueball whining to Megan, wanting to know why there aren't any flying cars. Megan points out that they not only have awesome technology that fits in the palm of your hand, but that Cueball would probably crash his flying car while texting and playing ''VideoGame/AngryBirds''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} by Website/{{Cracked}}, courtesy of their "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_15655_5-awesome-sci-fi-inventions-that-would-actually-suck.html 5 Awesome Sci-Fi Inventions (That Would Actually Suck)]]".
-->''(on [[Franchise/StarTrek matter replicators]])'' The end of everything will come on the day when anyone can make anything. Except a flying car, those will still be useless.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* About half of the cars in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', including the Batmobile, can fly. There are still roads though, covered with wheeled vehicles.
* The Falconcar on ''DynomuttDogWonder''.
* British cartoon hero ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' had what looked suspiciously like a flight-capable version of Film/JamesBond's [[ShoutOut Lotus Esprit]].
* Heroes aren't the only ones to get the sweet rides: [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget Dr Claw]] had his getaway car which could function as both a jet and a submarine.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' all cars are flying cars. Nobody even knows what wheels are. And yet they still [[CrapsackWorld crawl along in traffic jams]].
** Like most ''Futurama'' gags, they only "don't know what wheels are" for the one episode where it's funny.
* A few examples in ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' including the Thunder Hawk, Firefly, Raven, Manta, and the Goliath's race car. The Condor and Vampire were flying motorcycles.
* The ATV series of ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' featured a cart named "The Chariot", which was capable of flight. The CGI series featured a more modern looking flying car.
* WesternAnimation/TheJetsons' jet-car, probably one of most-cited examples of a flying car as far as the general public's concerned.
* Common in the future presented in ''MeetTheRobinsons''. The Time Machine is even engineered from one a la ''Film/BackToTheFuture''.
* Flint Lockwood made an attempt of building one without wings in ''CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' [[spoiler: though actually builds a working and winged one by the climax]]
* Tracks' alternate mode in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGeneration1'' was a Corvette Stingray with pop-out wings
** All the Cybertronian land-vehicle alternate modes in the first episode of the G1 cartoon were hover vehicles[[note]]although Bumblebee got sent tumbling at one point and appeared to have wheels on his undercarriage--blink and you'd miss it[[/note]].
** 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]]''.
* Bob's car in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' is a flying car, which tends to break down and drop like a stone.
** 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** Due to being tricked out by her twin super genius brothers, Kim's car has this capability.
** Dr. Drakken has his own flying car.
* Goldie of ''GoldieGoldAndActionJack'' has a flying limo.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'', the heroes have cars that fly, but only if they are transformed into [[HoverBoard hoverboards]].
* [[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius Do hovercars count?]]
* Pop's car, Carmenita, from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* As pointed out at the top of the page, flying cars ''have'' been invented in RealLife. The idea has just never managed to get off the ground [pun intended] because the flying cars used up ''way'' too much fuel while airborne. Also, they had a nasty tendency to crash when they ran out (which happened ''much'' more quickly than one might think). Add expense, complexity of operation, and the relative practicality of an automobile as transportation and just taking a general airliner when flight is necessary, and you see the problem.
** The critical problem with 'flying cars' is that they are aircraft. As such you can't fly one without a pilot's license, and air traffic control would go insane trying to sort out millions of aircraft flying around each other in a small area. Most existing 'flying cars' are better described as roadable aircraft. Most small airfields are in rural areas, so you have the minor problem of arriving at an airfield and having no transport to the nearest town, except for a taxi or folding bicycle. The idea is that you could detach the wings and propeller, then drive the remaining vehicle by road into town. They are not really designed as a replacement for your normal car.
*** Not to mention that traffic collisions are bad enough with how cars are now. Imagine how much worse they'd get if you factored in the fact that the car's going to be falling from 30+ feet above the ground.
* ''TopGear'''s James May made a [[http://www.open2.net/jamesmay/come_fly_with_me.html documentary on the subject]], concluding that despite the safety concerns the main problem with flying cars would be the paperwork.
** Not forgetting that he actually created a flying caravan by combining it with a blimp. Okay it isn't technically a car, it drifted into the airspace of an airport (and path of incoming aircraft), and he didn't get anywhere near where he wanted to go...but at least he threw his hat over the wall.
* {{Vaporware}} example: the [[http://www.moller.com/ Moller Skycar]].
** The Moller website does have some lovely quotes, though:
---> You've always known it was just a matter of time before the world demanded some kind of flying machine which would replace the automobile. [...] No matter how you look at it the automobile is only an interim step on [[EvolutionaryLevels our evolutionary path]] to independence from gravity. That's all it will ever be.
** Several others have been tried.
** [[http://www.fordpinto.com/mitzar1.htm There was even a flying]] [[EveryCarIsAPinto Pinto]].
** 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.
* The closest Real Life equivalent to the flying car of science fiction is the helicopter. Unfortunately, they're expensive, hard to fly, and make much more noise than you would want to live next to, which is why the average person doesn't own one.
** The good news is that we now have computers that can make helicopters significantly easier to fly. Of course that doesn't help the noise, and actually makes them *more* expensive... so...
** Actually, if one doesn't mind a little less fuel efficiency there's always tip-jet powered helicopters, whose rotor blades are not powered by a central shaft, but instead a jet at the tips. The Nazis tried it using ramjets at the end, but it's less complicated and safer to use compressed air pumped through the rotor assembly by a compressor inside the body. Not only is this system quieter, but the lack of a torqued shaft removes the need for a tail rotor and dramatically decreases the slow response time of control inputs, making it much easier to fly than traditional helicopters.
** Small airplanes, such as those made by Cessna, are also pretty close to the science fiction conception of flying [[strike:airplanes]] cars in everything but ease of control and appearance. Also, they are very expensive.
*** A used, very basic Cessna might cost about the same as a (new, good, but not luxury-level) automobile. Learning to fly it and getting a license to do so is probably a bigger difficulty, and many would be averse to the risk to begin with. Then there's additional maintenance costs and complications. And a small plane simply isn't as ''practical'' as an automobile for transportation, which is probably the ''biggest'' reason why it can't be treated as an equivalent. [[CaptainObvious You can't exactly take a Cessna on a grocery shopping trip]], and even for, say, visiting out-of-town relatives, you'll need some way to get from the airstrip to their front door. Of course, part of the reason cars ''are'' so comparatively practical is that we have an entire infrastructure designed around them... But it's hard to imagine doing the same for conventional airplanes.
* The [[http://www.parajetautomotive.com/ ParaJet SkyCar]] is an unusually simple example. It looks like a dune buggy with a parawing and a propeller strapped to the back. Largely because that's exactly what it is. But it works! As a bonus, if the engine fails or runs out of fuel, the buggy will simply glide to the ground with its "wing" acting as a parachute, rather than suffer a deadly crash. Judging from the design, the main purpose will be fun and recreation. Shipping is expected to start this year (2010) -- it remains to be seen whether this will turn out to be {{Vaporware}} or not.
* [[http://www.urbanaero.com/Urban_Main.htm Urban Aeronautics']] proposed VTOL aircraft certainly ''looks'' like a large flying car, though flying cars is not what the company intends to create (they want to build aircraft useful for rescue operations, and other non-personal uses). However, the goal is to build a compact, safe, quiet, relatively easy-to-control aircraft that is capable of operating in an urban environment, including safely manoeuvring between buildings while dealing with turbulence, and is capable of remaining airborne while in contact with a physical object (like, say, the side of a building). It certainly sounds like the company may inadvertently take a big step towards creating working flying cars if they succeed. Currently they have a scale prototype undergoing extensive flight testing.
* ''Boeing'' sunk six million dollars into something called the "Sky Commuter" program in the 1980s. [[http://boingboing.net/2008/01/12/sky-commuter-vehicle.html This prototype]], which was apparently sold on Ebay in 2008, is all that remains. It looks beautiful, and very much like a proper science fiction flying car, but it seems it did not fly particularly well.
* [[http://www.terrafugia.com/ This lot]] look like they might be close to actually selling [[{{Transformers}} transforming]] flying cars commercially. Hope you have $200,000 on you, though.
** This highlights an interesting, if subtle, distinction between "flying cars" and "road-able aircraft", which is a term you'll often read if studying this topic. The Terrafugia "''Transition''" is an ''airplane'' that happens to have compact, folding wings and the ability to drive on regular roads. You still need to take off and land at an airport, and fly the vehicle like any small plane -- but you can ''drive it home'' from the airstrip after you land, too, as if it were a car. (You can also drive ''instead'' of flying if weather conditions are bad). Not quite as glamorous as a full flying car might be -- [[BoringButPractical but in the end, far more practical.]]
* While other flying car designs are more like "airplanes you can drive on the road", [[http://www.eaavideo.org/video.aspx?v=635469588001 this I-TEC design]] is more like "a car that can also fly". It only gets 40 MPH in the air, but it's pretty speedy on the road (see around 2:50 in the video), and the company seems to have serious plans for what they want to do with it.
** Despite coming at the same problem from opposite directions, both the Transition and the I-TEC exhibit the same problem as all similar vehicles: They either make lousy cars and worse planes, or lousy planes and worse cars, so there's little reason why anyone who actually likes flying or driving would want to own either of them.
*** JackOfAllStats perhaps?
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avro_Canada_VZ-9_Avrocar Avrocar]], best noted for its "unsolvable thrust and stability problems."
* Volkswagen's China branch appears to have come up with [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/05/09/volkswagen_s_people_s_car_project_creates_hover_vehicle_concept_video_.html a floating car]]. This particular concept car relies on magnetic levitation instead of conventional engines, meaning it'll require a lot of specialized infrastructure to be drivable.
** Actually it relies completely on ComputerGeneratedImages, despite the explanation given in the video.
* Hovecrafts, technically. Well, they don't actually touch the ground when in motion. It happens that their flight ceiling is about an inch.
* [[http://www.hammacher.com/Product/11812 It's only yours for $350 grand!]]
* Aviation pioneer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberto_Santos-Dumont Alberto Santos-Dumont]] liked to tool around Paris in his one-man airship.
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