Flying car Terrafugia Transition, shown here, has just been approved by the FAA. It can soon be yours for a mere $194,000. Created by a Boston-based company, the two-seater car can be filled up with regular unleaded at a gas station and can fly 500 miles on one tank of gas. Benjamin Schweighart/Terrafugia/Splash News/Newscom/FILE
The worl'd first flying car successfully had its first test flight in March 2009. WENN.com/Newscom/FILE
A Terrafugia Transition fuels up at a Hess station in this undated photo. Benjamin Schweighart/Terrafugia/Splash News/Newscom/FILE
The Terrafugia Transition is seen in this October 2007 file photo when the prototype was unveiled at a Terrafugia exhibit in Oshkosh, Wis. Benjamin Schweighart/Terrafugia/WENN.com/Newscom/FILE
The Terrafugia Transition is seen outside a home. Benjamin Schweighart/Terrafugia/WENN.com/Newscom/FILE
The first flying car, the Terrafugia Transition, prepares to take off in plane mode on a runway. Benjamin Schweighart/Terrafugia/Splash News/Newscom/FILE
The Terrafugia Transition is seen with its wings folding up on July 28, 2009, at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture at Wittman Region Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Newscom/FILE
At Wittman Region Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., on July 28, 2009, Carl Dietrich sits in the cockpit of the Terrafugia Transition. Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/Newscom/FILE
The Terrafugia Transition is seen here in car mode in Oshkosh, Wis., in March 2009. Terrafugia/WENN.com/Newscom/FILE
The Terrafugia Transition takes to the skies in March 2009. Terrafugia/WENN.com/Newscom/FILE
The Terrafugia Transition team is seen here in this undated photo. Benjamin Schweighart/Terrafugia/Splash News/Newscom/FILE
The first flying car, the Terrafugia Transition, is airborne in March 2009. Terrafugia/WENN.com/Newscom/FILE
Researchers at NYU say they have made a breakthrough in understanding how insects manage to remain in one place in the air. But building vehicles that can do the same is a tall order.
ByTrevor Quirk, Contributor
Technology has made hovering possible for years. Yet despite its widespread use – in the military, competitive racing, and mass-transit – there is still something wholly surreal about a still object that floats, somehow, in midair.