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Flying car spreads its wings in Slovakia

Published on Jan 19, 2014 3:27 PM
 

BRATISLAVA (AFP) - Mankind's primordial dream of flight is taking off with a new twist as a Slovak prototype of a flying car spreads its wings.

Inspired by the dreamy books about flying by French authors Jules Verne and Antoine de Saint Exupery, Slovak designer and engineer Stefan Klein has been honing his flying machine since the early 1990s.

"I got the idea to start working on a vehicle of the future at university, but honestly, who hasn't dreamt of flying while being stuck in the traffic?" Mr Klein told AFP.

"Flying's in my blood - my grandfather and my father flew ultra-light aircrafts and I got my pilot's license before I was old enough to drive a car," said Mr Klein, who has designed cars for BMW, Volkswagen and Audi and now teaches at the Bratislava-based Academy of Fine Arts and Design.

Slovak engineer Stefan Klein posing with his car models in Bratislava, Slovakia on Dec 17, 2013. Mankind's primordial dream of flight is taking off with a new twist as a Slovak prototype of a flying car spreads its wings. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
 
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