With Agility Prime, the US Air Force wants to become a major player in the field of "Flying Cars"

From April 27 to 1er may, the USAF will organize an event –Virtual, coronavirus epidemic obliges– “Agility Prime”, named after an innovative Air Force program aimed at acquiring “flying cars” and supporting American manufacturers who wish to invest in this sector of activity.

Behind the Agility Prime program is actually hidden many innovations. Beyond the technical aspects linked to all new types of aircraft, the USAF's ambitions are clearly industrial, and aim to develop a center of excellence on American soil for the future market for flying cars, both in both civilian and military.

Flying car: a dream come true?

The term "Flying Car" affixed to the Agility Prime program nostalgically evokes the science fiction films of the 1980s which imagined that 2000s families would have a car in their garage that could miraculously bend the laws of attraction. However, the idea behind the "flying car" is not strictly speaking to fly a car, in other words a personal four-wheeled vehicle, but simply to have a civilian aircraft capable of making door trips. wore. No need to travel by road to an airport or a heliport: journeys are made directly from home with a single flying vehicle, or combining road travel and flight capacity.

Moller's Skycar will have sold dreams for years, but ended in a gigantic technical failure. The first flying Jeep concepts date back to the 1940s, but until now this type of vehicle has only managed to combine the disadvantages of cars and aircraft rather than their advantages.

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