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Engineers, You Can Join The Scientists In the “People That Make Me Hate The Future”

Cars with wings may be just around the corner:

WASHINGTON (AP) — If cars had wings, they could fly – and that just might happen, beginning next year. The company Terrafugia, based in Woburn, Mass., says it plans to deliver its car-plane, the Transition, to customers by the end of 2011. It recently cleared a major hurdle when the Federal Aviation Administration granted a special weight limit exemption to the Transition.

“It’s the next ‘wow’ vehicle,” said Terrafugia vice president Richard Gersh. “Anybody can buy a Ferrari, but as we say, Ferraris don’t fly.”

The Transition is a long way from cartoon dad George Jetson’s flying car zooming above traffic, or even the magical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

“There is no launch button on the (instrument) panel,” Gersh noted.

Rather, the car-plane has wings that unfold for flying – a process the company says takes one minute – and fold back up for driving. A runway is still required to takeoff and land.

The Transition is being marketed more as a plane that drives than a car that flies, although it is both. The company has been working with FAA to meet aircraft regulations, and with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to meet vehicle safety regulations.

Seriously, it’s 2010 and they can’t even get flying cars right. What the hell is the problem here, people? I’ve been waiting 27 years for a goddamn flying car and what you’re delivering is a butt-ugly plane that can also operate as a car. The exact opposite of what we want. You can join NASA in the corner and don’t forget to put your dunce’s cap on. I mean, shit, look at this monstrosity:

Is it so much to ask scientists and engineers to actually come up and develope legitimately awesome things? It’s bad enough that scientists killed time travel and many other neat things, but engineers are now out to destroy the awesome technologies of the future, too.

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