When you’re a grown-up and can drive a car, it’s exciting to zoom down the road really fast. But what if that car could fly? As crazy as that idea sounds, flying cars are just a couple of years away. The TF-X, being built by Terrafugia, will have fold-up wings that can tuck away so it just looks like a car. But those wings will also pop out to open up little helicopter rotors, which will lift the car high into the air. You can drive, then just drive right up into the sky. The inventors at Terrafugia are still working on it, but hope to finish the first one, or “prototype,” just 2 years from now. It will be so exciting when we’re stuck in traffic to pop out those wings and just fly over everyone. Of course, if everyone starts buying flying cars, we’re going to have a lot of traffic in the air, too.
Wee ones: The TF-X flying car will hold 4 people. If you’re 1 of them, how many people can drive and fly with you?
Little kids: Which is faster, a car driving 62 miles an hour or a car flying 200 miles an hour? Bonus: If the TF-X will be finished just 2 years from now, in what year will that be? (We’re in 2016 right now.)
Big kids: If you drive your flying car for 15 minutes, then take off and soar for 13 minutes, then land again and drive 5 minutes before stopping, how long is your whole trip? Bonus: If the TF-X really can cruise at 200 miles an hour, how far will it travel in 2 1/2 hours?
Wee ones: 3 other people.
Little kids: The car flying 200 miles an hour. Bonus: In 2018.
Big kids: 33 minutes. Bonus: 500 miles.