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"...the space defense initiative drove the USSR bankrupt, and it originated at my house in Tarzana."
- Larry Niven

Flying Car  
  Flying police car has VTOL.  

Obviously, the movie Blade Runner did not provide us with our first images of a flying car. However, it does provide one of the iconic views of the movie.


(Bladerunner car interior)


(Bladerunner car oncoming)


(Bladerunner car underside)

From Blade Runner, by Ridley Scott.
Published by Blade Runner Partnership in 1982
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References to "aircars" have been found as early as 1871 (New York Times). "Aerocars" appeared in science fiction as early as 1929.

The first working flying car was probably Waldo Waterman's 1937 Aerobile. It had a wingspan of 38 feet and a length of 20 feet 6 inches. A Studebaker engine provided power for flight as well as on-road driving. It could fly at 110 MPH and drive at 55 MPH.

Compare to the aircar from A Matter of Size (1934) by Harry Bates and the High Kavalaan aircar from Dying of the Light (1977) by George RR Martin.

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