Watch The Godfather of Flying Cars Paul Moller Give His Ted Talk

Paul Moller

Pursuing one thing for over four decades relentlessly without ceasing, with enthusiasm in some way is a mark of a genious. This means you go from one failure to the next without losing your verve for the vision you pursue. The jury’s still out there for Paul Moller, however we can all agree on his dogged determination to take cars to the skies. We have had cars get off the ground but not in quite the same visionary way Paul Moller would like. You can take a look at the Aston Martin Vanquish as it’s airlifted in the Dubai skyline here.

His Story

The Canadian born Paul Moller has spent a vast fortune of $ 100 million on getting our car’s off the ground. Spending over fourty decades chasing a dream is no mean feat, and in the process going bankrupt a couple of times isn’t an easy pill to swallow. However, Paul Moller has bared the brunt of his toil and we are still waiting on the fruits of his life’s work.

The Skycar

The Skycar seems to be the biggest modern day hope for flying cars. However, we are still waiting on Paul Moller to deliver the goods here, as he has kept us waiting for far too long. The video below was made in 2004, and he made it clear that the car is closing in on its release date. With the Skycar having preorders all the way back to the 90s, it has been a long and continuing wait.

His Inspiration

Paul Moller talks of his difficulty going to school through the winter as a kid in a rural part of Canada. He then found some humming birds trapped in one of his family home’s shed. He found that they had worn themselves out trying to go through the window. He then caught them easily and released them outside his shed where they flew away with relative ease. Upon, their departure he said to himself that this would be a nice way to get to school.

Watch below as Paul Moller gives an inspirational Ted Talk about flying cars:

Watch The Flying Humvee Take Flight

flying humvee

Cars have dominated everything that is grounded, however it’s about time they took to the skies. There are some leading lights in this industry with some like Paul Moller spending over $ 100 million on his Skycar project. With the brainpower of the likes of Paul Moller and the advancements in technology we are decades if not years away from fully realizing a mass produced flying car. The flying Humvee caused ripples on the internet in May last year, with a successful test carried out.

Now it’s all well and good you have identified that you want your car to fly, but when it comes to actually doing it, you’ll find gravity presents the biggest challenge. The vertical liftoff has had many scratching their heads. There are however two approaches in play that is using modified jet engines and those that use multiple rotors like our flying Humvee. Actually our flying Humvee looks like a gigantic drone with rotors replete everywhere.

The main idea for the flying Humvee is to be used as a sort of flying ambulance. Currently, it is difficult to get to those injured, as clearance has to be given and also there has to be a landing field. Thus, the flexibility offered by the flying Humvee will enable the US Army to be able to perform complex rescue missions and casualty extractions with greater ease.

The test was carried out by Advanced Tactics in El Segundo, California. Advanced Tactics have named the Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft as the Black Knight. They were providing a concept to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) so as to secure further funding to complete the project.

The objectives of the Black Knight have been met well ahead of schedule and progress on the project has been achieved at a relatively faster rate then expected. The flying Humvee is designed to fly at a maximum of 150 mph. The aircraft can be driven by a pilot or even remotely.

Take a look at history being made below: