The US Air Force can use flying cars starting in 2023. There are four strong candidates to be the first flying car used by the US Armed Forces. Lift Aircraft’s flying car works with electronic vertical takeoff and landing and is housed in a trailer at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Texas.
With flying cars in its fleet of military vehicles and aircraft, the Air Force will be able to conduct operations without the need for a runway for takeoffs and landings. The Agility Prime program develops new military aircraft, especially electric ones, and has awarded military airworthiness certificates and over 200 technology transfer contracts to small businesses.
The military is evaluating a variety of different use cases to have at least one of the vehicles in the field by 2023. They are interested in investing in these platforms to develop technologies that are linked to electrification and autonomy.
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Of the fifteen companies contracted by Agility Prime, only four hold the military airworthiness certificate. In addition to Lift, Joby Aero, Beta Technologies and Kitty Hawk have this certification, which helps reduce regulatory risks and allows the Air Force to compensate companies for test flights.
Information about the development of flying cars was given during a talk at an online event last month, which was attended by Colonel and director of the Air Force’s technological innovation program, Nathan Diller, and was disclosed by the Aviation Today portal.
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