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

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It's TheFuture and you want to 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!

In a setting more similar to the present day, a flying car can be used to show off the credentials of a {{superhero}} or a 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!

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. "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.

See also: LookMaNoPlane. If the car in question is flying through the air in many small pieces due to an explosion, see Main/ExternalCombustion. The AmphibiousAutomobile is a similar concept, albeit one that is more successful in real life since it's much easier to make a car float in the water than in the air.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''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.
* [[TeamChef Satsuki]] of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a flying ''Dining-Car Restaurant''. Having two MadScientist friends sure is handy.
* 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.
* Flying cars exist in ''Manga/SilentMobius,'' but have yet to replace ground vehicles. The AMP uses 'spinner' patrol cars and Rally has a flying limousine.
* ''Manga/TrinityBlood'' has an aerodynamics-challenged version.
* The Moore capitol police force uses them in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamThunderbolt'', which is strange because all the cars featured in the series up to that point were fairly normal-looking wheeled ones. This may be due to Moore being one of the richer colony clusters before being destroyed in the early days of the One Year War. They appear to use similar engines to the ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'''s Type 74 hover-truck, though that one can't actually fly, presumably due to the extra weight.

[[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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Star-Spangled Kid and Stargirl of the ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica. Ever since she got her Cosmic Rod she hasn't really had a need for it.
* ComicBook/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 Creator/GrantMorrison's ''Batman and Robin'', Dick Grayson and Damien Wayne have a flying Batmobile.
** In John Byrne's ''ComicBook/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 ''ComicBook/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 ''ComicBook/IHuntMonsters'' have one named Kirby that they use to get around the world.
* [[IronMan Tony Stark's]] flying Ferrari also counts.
* ''ComicBook/{{Chassis}}'' was a comic book series built around the sport of rocket car racing.
* The Whiz Wagon, used by ComicBook/JimmyOlsen and the Newsboy Legion during Creator/JackKirby's "Fourth World" tenure at DC in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}'', Gramps had a flying motorcycle.
* In one [[ComicBook/DisneyMouseAndDuckComics Disney Comics]] Donald Duck story, some aliens crash-land on Earth and, seeing Donald's pie delivery van, mistake it for a spaceship since it looks very much like their spaceship and subsequently turn it into a literal flying car while trying to "fix a few things."
* Common in the world of ''ComicBook/FunkyKoval''. Some even have special features like onboard defense systems.
* ''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.

[[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.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The police car on Dandond in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. George wants to take it home with him.

[[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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'', espionage agent Holly Shiftwell can fly. Mater manages to do so when he deploys both his parachute and his rocket thrusters.
* 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]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', Oh rebuilds Tip's broken car so it can fly, under the impression that it was supposed to do that.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie'', Good Cop/Bad Cop's police car can transform into a hovercar.
* Common in the future presented in ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons''. The Time Machine is even engineered from one a la ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''.
* Present in many of the futuristic scenes featured in Animation/TheMindsEye series. Most often shown to be barely car-like but nonetheless the common vehicle for the intended period. ''The Gate'' features these with visible aerodynamic surfaces and thrusters, and a particular sequence follows one vehicle driving like [[DrivesLikeCrazy an absolute lunatic]], bouncing off scenery and having a head-on with a clearly-marked wall.

[[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'' have inspired replicas in countless boxsets.
%%* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''
* In ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', [[BigBad Francisco Scaramanga]] escapes with a winged AMC Matador. It becomes humorous when [[BondGirl Mary Goodnight]] hides in the trunk before he gets away and thinks the car has stopped, only to open it and [[OhCrap find herself 20,000 feet up]]. This was inspired by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVE_Mizar a real-life modification]] designed to turn a car into this trope.
* ''The Flying Car'', a short film taking place in 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.
-->'''Randall:''' [[HypocriticalHumor You'd do it with a bunch of guys just to get a car?]]
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' 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. Spoofed in ''Website/CollegeHumor'''s "Back to the Future in ACTUAL 2015" when Doc Brown explains that not only aren't there any flying cars, people are too scared to fly for fear of fundamentalist hijackers.
* ''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...
** According to supplementary fluff, the ski-speeders in ''Film/TheLastJedi'' were originally designed for racing, similar to the pod racers in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''. The Rebel Alliance acquired some of them and modified them as combat craft during the Galactic Civil War, and [[spoiler: The Resistance was forced to use a very beat-up handful of the remaining ski-speeders against the First Order a generation later.]]
** 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 a 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.
* The ending of ''Film/RepoMan'' has [[spoiler:the much sought-after 1964 Chevrolet Malibu flying up in the sky, and ending up in space]].
* 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 ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' 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-semitic 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 ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''
** The air conditioning however was full operational...

* ''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 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.
* ''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.
** In ''Literature/SpaceCadet'' the protagonist is picked up by a helicopter, which doesn't seem too strange [[ZeeRust until you realise it's a personal helicopter that his family fly themselves]], their version of a family car. Earlier the FarmBoy protagonist mentions getting his copter license at the age of 12.
* ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' features flying cars called "pogos," named for their bouncing nature.
* 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.
* ''Literature/TheGanymedeTakeover'' by Creator/PhilipKDick and Ray Nelson had "ionscraft".
* 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.
* ''Franchise/{{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''. They become partially LostTechnology by the time ''Chasm City'' takes place, where they are effectively replaced by terrifying bring-your-brown-pants gondolas that use multiple telescoping arms to swing across the cables hung from the dome covering Chasm City.
* Lowly Worm from the 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?
* 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 to 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.
* In the ''Literature/TowersTrilogy'', the {{Magitek}}-powered cars of the City are capable of flight. This is necessary for travel between the titular {{Mage Tower}}s, which float in the air and are constantly changing location.
* The combat cars used by ''Literature/HammersSlammers'', like their [[HoverTank tanks]], are actually hovercraft. Civilian aircars are also commonplace on highly developed planets, and popular among plutocrats on the less-developed worlds that usually hire the Slammers.
* In the ''Literature/ZacharyNixonJohnson'' series, most cars are flying cars. Zach is frequently mocked for having an antique non-flying car.
* In ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'', they are common on developed worlds. Very useful for traveling great distances. The primary non-aquatic mode of transportation on Solaris, as the deficit of land means that roads are a no-no. How they work is never explained, especially since it's clear that ArtificialGravity hasn't been discovered in this 'verse.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/TheBoxOfDelights'', the sorcerous villain has a car that can not only fly but take off and land vertically.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Flying Motor Bikes from ''Series/{{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".
** The Fourth Doctor's companion Romana once remarked that she was given a flying car for her [[Really700YearsOld 70th birthday.]]
** 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, [[ICallItVera Lola.]] He flies it several times in later episodes.

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

[[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.

* The third Doctor's Whomobile appears in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/DoctorWho''.

[[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.

[[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/{{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.
* ''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''.
* In ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' rocket cars and trucks are the go to choice for the rich and well off. There are enough of them to turn the skies of New York into something akin to Coruscant.

[[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 Phoenix Hovercar in ''VideoGame/XCOMApocalypse''. 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 ''VideoGame/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''.
* ''VideoGame/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 which is used to travel between locations. In ''Under A Killing Moon'', it can even ''go into SPACE'' when Murphy visits the off-planet Broken Skull bar.
* ''VideoGame/NightStriker'', an "Into-the-screen" ShootEmUp has you play as one.
* ''VideoGame/MarioKart 7'' features cars that can turn into hang gliders.
** And, in ''VideoGame/MarioKart 8'', the karts transform into a hovercraft for certain portions of certain tracks. Complete with fold-down wheels ala ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture''!
* Hover cars seem to the norm in ''VideoGame/FutureCopLAPD'', even if they still use roads.
* The ''VideoGame/RogueSquadron'' games have a cheat-only flying Buick Electra convertible as an EasterEgg.
* The intro of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' 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.
* The racing vehicles of ''Fatal Inertia'' seem to be a hybrid between a ground-effect fighter jet and an Indycar, which hover several meters in the air and use jet engines to accelerate to 500kph+. Their wings allow racers to hug the ground or temporarily soar into the air to avoid obstacles. [[DesignItYourSelfEquipment They're also highly customizable]], and [[WackyRacing armored to fight off weapons from other racers]].
* 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.
* The entire point of ''VideoGame/FZero''
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' has the Regalia Type-F, a flying car that serves as this installment's [[GlobalAirship airship]]. You'll need to beware of street poles while taking off or landing and avoid collisions mid-air though, as crashing it while in the air would result in a NonstandardGameOver.
* ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV Grand Theft Auto Online]]'' saw the return of the Deluxo (previously only seen in ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity Vice City]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCityStories Vice City Stories]]'') as one of these. It also has [[WeaponizedCar a small arsenal]] onboard.
* ''VideoGame/{{CrossOut}}'' has "Hover" wheel parts, which can turn any vehicle they are attached to either into one of these or a HoverTank

[[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''.

[[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.

[[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 ''WesternAnimation/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 (though how much they know varies from episode to episode as RuleOfFunny dictates). And yet they still crawl along in traffic jams down roadways.
* 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.
* 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]].
** Blurr from ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie the Movie]]'' onward was also a Cybertronian hovercar. Averted with his contemporaries Kup, Hot Rod, Arcee, and Springer, whose Cybertronian car modes all had wheels.
*** Springer brings it around again, though, by being a Triple Changer who can also transform into a helicopter - which is basically his car mode with the rear end and front bumpers folded, stretched, and extended outward to form the tail and wings, respectively, of the helicopter mode.
** In ''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]]''.
*** Megatron's vehicle mode in that series was a Cybertronian dragster that could also turn into a jet by mainly swinging his front bumpers around to the side and folding them out, and rotating his spoilers.
* 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 villainous 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 ''WesternAnimation/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''.
* [[WesternAnimation/CoolMcCool The Coolmobile]] and [[WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey the Phooeymobile]] are capable of flight, provided that their owners don't press a wrong button first.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' featured the Neutrino Star Crusers, flying cars from Dimension X that resemble 1950s hot rods, complete with copious amounts of chrome detailing. The Neutrinos leave one for the Turtles, though it later gets stolen by Shredder. It was depicted in the toy line as the Foot Cruiser (which could [[WeDontNeedRoads convert between land and air modes]]), although it only appeared as such in [[VideoGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesTheArcadeGame the arcade game]] and not in the series itself (and even in the game it was reduced to being a conventional land car).
* Dick Dastardly's [[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]].
* The [=SheHicle=] in ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' has a flight mode, as explained in the show's ExpositoryThemeSong:
-->[=SheHicle=] revs with power supreme
-->Becoming a plane and a submarine

[[folder:Real Life]]
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 both. 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. One of the more serious problems is that as they are in the eyes of the law both automobiles ''and'' aircraft, they require ''both'' [[RequiredSecondaryPowers a driver's licence and a private pilot's licence to operate]]. Still, there are attempts to fix this problem.
* ''Series/TopGearUK'''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 [[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, so impracticality isn't a concern.
* [[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 never flew.
* [[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.
* 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.
* 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. Unfortunately, the video relies completely on ComputerGeneratedImages, despite the explanation given.
* Hovercraft, 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 yours for only $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.
* Meet [[http://www.aeromobil.com/ the AeroMobil 3.0]], "[[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/02/flying-car-aeromobil-vienna-pioneers-festival the first genuine flying car]]"
* And [[http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/dont-miss/19899425-story Toyota has filed a patent for a flying car]].
* [[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.
* In recent years, there has been a trend for proposing that human-carrying quadcopter drones could fill many of the functions of cars, such as taxis, police vehicles, ambulances, and even personal transport. Dubai, for example, hopes to introduce "drone taxi" services by 2020. While the drones certainly look nothing like cars, their intended function makes them in many ways the most recent incarnation of the flying car idea.