Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Terrafugia: First Flight Happened on March 5th

Terrafugia, the Woburn, Mass.-based developer of "roadable aircraft" (aka flying cars), is at the Museum of Science this morning showing video of its first flight to the press. The flight took place March 5th in Plattsburgh, NY.

I wrote about the company back in October, and shot a video interview with CEO Carl Dietrich.

More pics and video are available on the company's site. The Boston Herald has a bit more.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

It's a Car...It's a Plane...

For Sunday's Globe column, I wrote about an incredible young company called Terrafugia, located in Woburn.

Since visiting the company, I've been showing everyone I meet the video of the company's "roadable aircraft"/flying car. The reactions are interesting -- from "wow!" to "I'm gonna learn to fly so I can get one" to "who needs that?" (The company has a finely-honed list of reasons why pilots might prefer an aircraft that they can drive, and park in their garage at home.)

The video is below. I'm eager to see the plane fly later this year. I think the headline and subhead that ran with the column on Sunday ("Fighting to take off...small customer base and dearth of investors...") made it sound like the company is in some sort of trouble. I don't think that's the case, but there are obviously big challenges in getting this vehicle to market successfully.

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