A future with flying cars is getting close to reality with the latest development of the Samson Switchblade. Ahead of its first official flight, the “flying car” was airborne for over 4,000 feet.
Samson Sky has been testing the limits for this vehicle, both on the ground and in the air. The modifications are nearly complete and Samson wanted to run a long flight before the first official flight for the Switchblade. Arrangements are being made to take the hybrid aircraft to a test airport to perform its official first flight.
Before its first flight, efforts are being made to hire additional staff and move into a new, larger facility. There, Samson will build three production prototypes and accelerate the establishment of a pilot training program for future Switchblade owners.
To celebrate the recent accomplishments, Samson is offering a pre-flight special offer for one person. The one winner will get a chance to purchase a limited-edition Switchblade with a special dashboard and other unique upgrades, at just about half the price of the standard Switchblade. The price will include the Builder Assist Program and essentially everything except the final paint. This winner will also be accepted into the Pre-flight Owner Group and receive an invitation to the VIP Roll-out Event for Limited Edition vehicles, as well as a special Samson VIP dinner hosted at AirVenture.
The lucky winner will join notable guests like a NASA engineer/test pilot, Northrup Grumman and Boeing engineers, professional pilots and business owners. The vehicle kit will be delivered after about 104 PF Owners and before the delivery of the Limited-Edition Vehicles or the Reservation List has begun. In exchange for early delivery, an upgraded vehicle and a reduced cost, the winner will provide the upfront funds to be used to speed up production.
In December, Samson Sky had reached over 100 reservations per month for the previous six months. The December increase was the largest the company had ever seen with close to 2,250 reservations from 54 countries and all 50 U.S. states.
The Switchblade has been running tests, including speed and time in the air. The official first flight should be coming soon, bringing us one step closer to the future.