Samson Sky Hails Record-Breaking Sales for Switchblade Flying Car
During last week’s AirVenture Aviation event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Samson Sky announced its Switchblade personal flying car has attracted a further 115 orders valued at close to USD22 million. This two-seat “flying sports car” now has over 2,400 reservations from 57 countries, including all 50 U.S states. In addition to these reservations, over 100 vehicles have been pre-purchased by those wanting to gain the earliest delivery positions.
Samson Sky interrupted their ongoing all-important flight test program to display the vehicle at Oshkosh. The overwhelming response from the many thousands attending was one of great excitement.
The press release offers several examples. A Jon H enthused, “I’ve been following the Samson Switchblade for over a decade and as a pilot and engineer I’m eager to have my own! To always have a car with you wherever you fly is such a huge asset and convenience.” A Heather G stated, “Over the years, I’ve looked at several flying cars, but the Switchblade is one-of-a-kind and truly revolutionary! I’m going to use it for recreation and in my business. My daughter and I are both pilots and we can’t wait to get our flying sports car!”
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Sam Bousfield, designer of the Switchblade and Founder and CEO of Samson Sky, commented, ”It was great to be back at AirVenture to take advantage of all the industry experts and suppliers who attend the show. We were able to hold several key meetings with future partners and investors that made the show an even bigger success for us.”
He continued, “The feedback we’re getting is, the practicality of the Switchblade checks all the boxes for what people truly want in a flying car. We hope a Switchblade will grace the skies and streets of your city very soon.”
The test flights to date have been held at the Moses Lake Airport in Central Washington, with a team making sure the testing was accomplished successfully. Powered by a 200 hp liquid cooled Samson 3 engine, the vehicle is being run through a rigorous program to validate flight capabilities and find and correct any deviations from the company’s lofty goal of “high performance in both modes as a car and a plane.”
These flight trials will continue for several months while the Samson Team learns from and then finalises the production engineering that will allow Samson to begin Switchblade production.
The release continues, “Samson has been working through the details of production to keep up with the great demand being expressed for the Switchblade. The team spent nearly four years developing carbon fibre production processes to enable the company to ramp up parts production quickly and at much less cost than the current state of the art.”
The Switchblade is a three wheel, street-legal vehicle that you keep parked in your garage. You drive it from your garage to a nearby airport. Once there, the wings swing out and the tail extends in under three minutes. You fly your registered aircraft to the airport nearest your destination, at up to 160mph. Then you simply land, transform your flying sports car back to driving mode – the wings and tail safely stowed and protected – and drive to your final destination.
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Chris Stonor, Content Writer