If a flying motorcycle is on your wish list, you may be in luck soon. The creators of the Switchblade Flying Sports Car say it will be ready for its first test flight this spring.
Switchblade Flying Motorcycle
The Switchblade, being built by a company called Samson Sky, is technically classified as a motorcycle by the U.S. government since it has three wheels. However, its creator, Sam Bousfield, likes to call it a flying sports car because of its high performance. It uses a turbocharged, lightweight 190- horsepower liquid-cooled V4 engine. The company touts 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 125+ miles per hour on the ground. In the air, it will cruise at 160 mph, with a top speed of up to 200 mph and a range of 450 miles.
You’ll Need a Pilot’s License to Fly It
Samson designed the Switchblade to operate with either left-hand drive or right-hand drive. Dual controls are also available, allowing for flight training in the Switchblade. Because, yes you have to have a pilot’s license to fly it. It will be registered as an Experimental Homebuilt aircraft in the sky. (On the ground, it will be registered as a custom motorcycle or kit car, depending on where you live.)
How Much One Will Cost
Samson engineers are still finishing up their first vehicle with a test flight scheduled in a few months but the company has been taking orders for some time now. The Switchblade is priced around $140,000. There’s a kit and some assembly help involved.
The company says current reservation holders hail from all over the world. In the U.S. it’s taken orders from customers in 40 states. Samson Reservations Manager, Martha Bousfield say they’re averaging five new reservations a week.
“I find that the flying car crosses borders as a universal dream for all of mankind,” stated Samson CEO, Sam Bousfield in a press release. “Regardless of nationality or ethnicity. The world wants a flying car, and we are going to give it to them.”
Entrepreneur Herby Olschewski is one current reservation holder who’s ready to get up in the air.
“I get the feeling that the Switchblade is the real deal. We plan to use several—for nature conservation in Africa and for fast, efficient transport in Europe. It’s a versatile and speedy vehicle, easy on the eye and practical. The price tag is right, both on the road and in flight,” said Olschewski.
In 2009, NASA Aerospace Engineer Larry Neu was the first person in the world to secure a Switchblade. Now retired, he still captains a Gulfstream.
“Having seen various parts of the world from a high cruising altitude, the Switchblade will allow me to take my viewing of the scenery of this beautiful country to low altitudes,” said Neu. “When I spot something that piques my interest, I’ll hit the ‘nearest airport’ button on my GPS, land, and revert to ground mode. What a way to travel and explore. I see the Switchblade as the ultimate freedom machine.”
Limited Edition Model
Samson will offer 200 Limited Edition vehicles. These will be fully built, with a unique custom designed interior for each client, and exclusive exterior features. They’ll start from $500,000.
Photo Credit: Samson Sky