No they don’t just come out in movies, they’re actually real things that can get you from Point A to Point B. The technical term is “Roadable Aircraft” and can obviously travel on both the ground and in the air.
So remember the Wright Brothers? Okay, well the guy who invented the actual flying car was named Glen Curtiss, and they were literally like rivals. The truth is, the flying car didn’t necessarily “fly”, it just hopped (how disappointing). The person to actually develop the flying car was named Waldo Waterman. He met Curtiss while Curtiss was pioneering somewhere on the North Island of the San Diego Bay around 1910 or so. On March 21, 1937, that was when Waterman’s Roadable Aircraft flew into the air. Its wingspan was 38 feet and was about 20 feet long! It had something called a Studebaker engine that powered it when it was in the air and on the road. Its maximum speed was 112 mph in the air and 56 mph on the road.
Of course after W.W.II everything seemed like it was attainable, which led to the people thinking that they were going to invent the “Flying Car” pretty soon. There have been many attempts when it comes to making this dream a reality, but no one has really succeeded so far.
When everyone in the 1950s was so anxious for this to come out, Ford Motor Company decided to do their research. They came to the conclusion that a flying car was possible; it would be used for emergency situations, police work, military uses, and even for people just to have it so they can travel “luxuriously.” I guess you can say that this is already invented: the helicopter; but helicopters can’t drive on the streets or the freeways! When Ford had decided that they did enough research and they were ready to start manufacturing this “thing”, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made it clear that they cannot build it because at that specific time, all flying transportation was distinctly for airplanes since they had flight numbers, altitudes, and stuff like that. They thought that the flying car would disrupt that pattern and just complicate things. They also thought that if one was not built right, it can eventually crash and possibly destroy a house or a building; which I personally think that they were being overly-dramatic.
There are two styles of flying cars:
-Integrated: All of the pieces included can be carried in the vehicle.
-Modular: The pieces that are used for flying are either left at the airport or somewhere else while you’re driving.
As of now, there are people that are doing their best to come up with a flying car that people can actually buy and use. Don’t believe me? Fine. There’s a vehicle called the Parajet Skycar that flew from London to Timbuktu in January 2009. It has a paramotor for its propulsion and a parafoil that’s used to lift it. Its maximum speed is 112 mph on ground and 180 miles in flight. After this success, the manufacturers who built it plans on making more that people can use and buy for 50,000 Euros! I think that’s more expensive in American Dollars, right?
I wouldn’t be able to tell you what kind of original wheels it has since planes typically have bigger wheels than regular cars; but if it was up to me, I’d put some 2009 BMW 650i Wheels on it (: