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Last Sky Commuter For Sale On eBay 189

DeltaV900 writes to alert us to an auction on eBay of the last Sky Commuter concept car. About 7 hours remain in the auction and the top bid at this writing is $55,100. The seller (with some help from posters in the auction forum) makes clear that the thing won't actually fly, and in fact never did. Other Sky Commuters may have hovered. This one traveled around to air shows and trade fairs.
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Last Sky Commuter For Sale On eBay

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  • I can remember... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Bin_jammin ( 684517 ) <> on Monday January 14, 2008 @05:01AM (#22032416)
    way back to junior high school when he was hawking these things, then every year or three they'd pop up again, "the wave of the future" blah, blah, blah... I had a roommate that was gonzo over them when he first heard of the concept about 4 years ago. "Oh man, it's going to be so cool, you'll be able to fly to work." etc... He never quite got the reasoning of all the skeptics of the idea, like what happens when you run out of gas or have an accident in the air? Maybe we can finally put these disasters-in-the-making to rest, until the technology is available to make them something more than a stupid sci-fi pipe dream...
  • by wish bot ( 265150 ) on Monday January 14, 2008 @05:59AM (#22032664)
    Well, a museum would probably like it, and then every dreamer could go and gawk at it (or in your case - opt for crucifixion - ouch!).

    I find it really strange that the seller didn't start by contacting various institutions rather than putting it on ebay. There's something quite fishy about his descriptions - he first tries to suggest that it does actually fly, then tries to say "well, it will hover", and then adds another correction saying HE installed some electric motors and the thing will not generate any lift what-so-ever. He also admits to messing with other parts of the machine (like he was trying to restore it, but doesn't give any real details as to what qualities he was trying to restore to/against).

    I know this will sound really harsh - but judging by the guys atrocious writing, the car is better of with ANYBODY else as he's a complete nut.

  • by Status Quo ( 27191 ) on Monday January 14, 2008 @09:29AM (#22033596)
    I was in 7th or 8th grade at the time and my dad had a subscription to Sport Aviation. I wrote and received the technical sales information. I always wondered what happened to this product and company. I still have those CAD drawings of the ducted fans and the views of the vehicle. Too bad they couldn't get more traction.

    On the other hand, I look at the way people drive and shudder to think about any moron flying one of these things. It was an interesting concept, but I don't want my neighbor taking off first thing in the morning. I also don't want to worry about structural damage because the kids next door are playing football and manage to damage the body.
  • by calyphus ( 646665 ) on Monday January 14, 2008 @12:31PM (#22035682) Journal

    these "kitcars" or "custom things" are actually very poorly built or delicate

    This isn't a kit, or your average startup concept project. This is a Boeing working prototype. It's much different from a simple kit or customized project.

    However, it's interesting that Boeing's Museum of Flight has another mfr's prop driven commuter carplane in it's collection rather than this.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 14, 2008 @01:32PM (#22036624)
    No, it is not a "Boeing working prototype". It is a non-working display model built by Flight Innovations Inc. The only Boeing connection is that Flight Innovations' President, Fred Barker, was an *ex* Boeing employee. This project has no more credibility than Moller's Skycar, and if anything had significantly less chance of success than the Skycar's "extremely slim to none". The Boeing name is only being bandied about to try and lend an air of authenticity to what is frankly a completely useless item to anybody except a museum or a private collector.

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