Back before the flying car startups were commonplace, engineer Paul Moller sunk ...
Back before the flying car startups were commonplace, engineer Paul Moller sunk millions of dollars in the attempt to develop the commercially viable flying vehicle capable of vertical takeoff and landing.
He’s now been working on flying vehicles for over four decades, during which time the handful of prototypes have been shown—none of which, mind you, and have actually flown any reasonable distance.
One of these prototypes is now up for sale on eBay. It has the Buy It Now price of $5 million and at a time of writing zero bids.
The prototype is for the Moller’s proposed M400 Skycar whose design relies on the multiple rotary engines that rotate to provide lift as well as the propulsion.
Peak power is the claimed 720 hp. The prototype was built in 2001, shown to be able to take off and land vertically, though never with the person on board and always while tethered to the crane.
Moller, whose company Moller International claims it spent more than $150 million—no, that is not the typo—developing the engine and airframe technology to make this prototype possible, says this prototype will make the great museum piece.
Alternatively, Moller says the potential buyer could work with the Moller International to get FAA approval for this prototype. In its current form, this prototype is not allowed to be flown.
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