Ex-Russian Pilot Transforms his ZAZ Tavria into a Flying Car

flying car  Ex-Russian Pilot Transforms his ZAZ Tavria into a Flying Car(Image: www.nkj.ru, reproduced with permission)

Discovery recently reported that 72-year-old retired Russian pilot Valery Bulgakov had converted his 1987 Ukrainian-built ZAZ Tavria into a flying car. These images show the impressive result of his eccentric labours on display in July at the Autoexotics motor show in Moscow.

(Image: www.nkj.ru, reproduced with permission)

Bulgakov replaced the doors and bonnet (hood) with lighter materials and added a double set of wings, effectively transforming the Tavria into a biplane. The flying car, which was designed purely to train would-be pilots, has even been patented.

flying car 2  Ex-Russian Pilot Transforms his ZAZ Tavria into a Flying Car(Image: www.nkj.ru, reproduced with permission)

With a takeoff speed of 60 miles per hour (which takes a standard Tavria around 20 seconds to reach), sustained flight range of 600 feet and maximum altitude of ten feet, this is hardly a high performance machine. Whether it will be approved for flight by Russian authorities, however, remains to be seen.

If you enjoyed this article, don’t miss our Brief Historical Introduction to Flying Cars (aka roadable aircraft).

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