San Francisco's flying car, circa 1920

This 1920 photo was taken at the corner of Hoffman and 23rd St., in San Francisco's Noe Valley, on what looks like a rather foggy day. Clearly, geeks in San Fran have been trying to build flying cars for a pretty long time. » 11/19/13 5:00pm 11/19/13 5:00pm

The Legend Of Ford's Flying Car Debunked

Have you ever heard of Ford's 'Glideair' hovercar concept from 1961? If yes, forget what you were told, it didn't actually exist. But the picture above is not a fake and is from 1959. Wait... what? Here's what actually happened. » 4/19/13 4:42pm 4/19/13 4:42pm

DARPA developing a robotic pilot for their flying car

Today the US Department of Defense announced that they would be collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University to develop an autonomous copilot for DARPA's upcoming "helicopter jeep" project. Yes, the military is developing a helicopter jeep. » 11/09/10 10:20am 11/09/10 10:20am

Evidence that the cars of the present are letting our grandparents down

This hopeful illustration from the December 1930 issue of Modern Mechanics predicted that future fellows and flappers would fly around in this highfalutin flivver. Look out your window. I see no half-crop-duster-half-jalopies whizzing around. Sorry, readers of 1930. » 9/13/10 11:25am 9/13/10 11:25am

The Most Accurate (and Inaccurate) Predictions About Homes of the Future

Click to view » 9/12/08 12:03pm 9/12/08 12:03pm For decades, scifi movies and futurist documentaries have promised us domestic bliss via flying cars and housecleaning droids. We may not have home heliports yet, but several old movies actually got it right when it came to predicting the crazy gadgets that would be in our homes today. We've whipped up…

A Prototype Sky-Car Lifts Off in 1960

In 1960, helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki successfully test drove his Piasecki VZ-8P Sky-Car (aka the "flying jeep") for the very first time—and True magazine was there. According to Piasecki: » 5/19/08 1:00pm 5/19/08 1:00pm

Zero-G Metals Will Put a Flying Car In Every Garage

Get ready for the first gadgets to be stamped with the words, "Made In Space." The European Space Agency has plans to manufacture lightweight metal compounds under zero-gravity conditions on the International Space Station. The new materials could boost the efficiency of hydrogen engines and make aircraft faster,… » 5/12/08 8:00am 5/12/08 8:00am

Damn Kids Joyriding Again in their Flying Cars

Once we finally have flying cars, authorities are going to have a bitch of a time keeping people from doing what these two hotshot pilots are planning: scaring the ever-living shit out of a pleasure boater. Granted, these are minijets with funky wings and not flying cars, but it makes you think about what might start… » 4/16/08 1:00pm 4/16/08 1:00pm

A Century-Old Flying Car

Tooling through the clouds in a personal aircraft dating from the first decade of the 20th century, a stylish couple anticipates the trend for oversize vehicles. As the spammers say, why settle for a tiny rocket when you can pilot a blimp? Illustration by Harry Grant Dart, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-13554. » 11/26/07 12:30pm 11/26/07 12:30pm