Light aircraft can sometimes look a little on the flimsy side, and some even look like they’re of the one-use, disposable type. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite so un-airworthy as this flying car, which was built in Russia using a 1987 ZAZ Tavria as a starting point.
Full respect goes to 72 year-old Russian ex-pilot Valery Bulgakov for having the drive, determination and know-how to build his own flying car. But at the same time I’d still turn down the offer of a lift from him and his contraption, even if hordes of zombies were rapidly engulfing the neighborhood.
Valery’s flying car has to hit 60 mph to get airborne. That’s somthing that takes the asthmatic engine of the car around 20 seconds to accomplish. Once airborne the vehicle can glide for up to 600 feet at a maximum altitude of just 10 feet (3 meters). As the vehicle doesn’t have any means of powering itself through the air, longer distances or higher altitudes are impossible. Still, a nosedive from 10 feet at 60 mph is going to cause more than few medical issues for anyone inside.
Valery says his gliding car is meant to be used for training aspiring pilots. Good luck with that.
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