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Lilium's Funky 'Jet' Could Make Our Dreams of Flying Cars Come True

• Wired by Alex Davies

But this funky airplane just proved it can take to the sky, and it might be the flying car you've been waiting for.

The jet, which isn't actually a jet, can take off and land vertically like a helicopter and fly like an airplane, making it just the thing for congested cities because it doesn't need a runway. In other words, it's everything you want in a flying car: It picks you up wherever you are, and plunks you down exactly where you want to go.

A full-size prototype of the airplane made its maiden voyage an airfield near Munich earlier this month. It lasted just a few minutes, with no one in either of the two seats, and a pilot controlling it from the ground. But it flew, proving that the unconventional design isn't total malarkey.

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