The Samson Sky Switchblade, one of the world’s first flying cars, will officially be unveiled this week during the EAA AirVenture 2018 airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The three-wheeled vehicle is federally classified as a motorcycle. Sam Bousfield, the founder of Samson Sky, the company that produces the switchblade, explained that its speed capabilities are not just limited to the ground, but extend to the air as well.
According to Bousfield, the Switchblade can reach more than 190 mph in the air, with an average cruise speed of 160 mph. On the ground, it can reach more than 100 mph.
Bousfield will test the vehicle’s air capabilities within the next few months. While there’s no finalized date yet for the car to be available to the public, consumers can join a waitlist. There’s no immediate fee to join the list, until the Switchblade’s first public flight, when consumers will need to pay $2,000 in order to maintain their spot.
The target price of the Switchblade will be near $140,000, Bousfield said.
“This allows people to enhance their lifestyle, so that their reach everyday can be further, faster, and get more done,” he said.
Why it’s important: The Samson Sky Switchblade is one of a few flying cars being unveiled at EAA AirVenture 2018. Others include the WorkHorse SureFly VTOL. Growing public awareness towards these aircraft is bound to provide the necessary validation for many skeptics that the concept of a flying car works – and that there are ways to scale the industry – including methods like ride sharing that Uber is working on – that adapt the cost to being tractable for the average consumer.
- FOX Business