French pilot Bruno Vezzoli on Wednesday became the first person to cross the English Channel in a flying car. Bruno Vezzoli used the Pegase, a flying car developed by Vaylon, a French company.
Flying cars had, for long, been a dream for many. Inventors and engineers had all tried to build a flying car, and some have succeeded only in recent years.
One of the companies which was successful in doing so is Vaylon. The company had revealed the Pegase in 2014. Named after a mythical flying horse, the Pegase is a combination of a paraglider and an off-road buggy.
Vaylon's founder, Jerome Dauffy had at the launch of the Pegase in 2014 said, "The vehicle's combination of a stealthy paraglider and off-road vehicle gives it the advantage of being able to traverse difficult terrain, which would make it beneficial to military forces, or even humanitarian teams."
Powered by a Rotax 912 four-cylinder boxer engine, the Pegase first flew in 2014. It is capable of reaching speeds of nearly 100 km/h on the road and 80 km/h in the air.
Bruno Vezzoli put the Pegase on display throughout Paris on Tuesday and lined up for take-off at Ambleteuse, a coastal town 270 kilometres away from Paris on Wednesday. The Pegase took 50 minutes to travel across the English Channel, and land at Dover, England. Vezzoli also went live on Facebook when he was in the skies over England.
Over the last few years, engineers have finally been able to bring together the automotive and aeronautical industries, both of which have existed for more than a century now. The Flying car might be a reality in the near future, but it will still take some more technological development to get there.