How to Ship a Flying Car

It’s no big deal for the HC-130J.

The LIFT Hexa has a total of 18 propellers, which allows it to be controlled simply by varying individual motor speed.

First came the jeep. Then, the Humvee. And now the military is considering commercially developed, electric “flying cars” for battlefield applications, such as cargo delivery and rescuing troops. But prior to that comes the practical question: Can these vehicles be transported in a cargo aircraft?

How to Ship a Flying Car
The Air Force set out to prove that a flying car could be transported using relatively small military aircraft with minimal equipment.
In late March, specialists from the 355th Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base figured out how to pack a LIFT Hexa vehicle aboard an HC-130J Combat King II for a flight from Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Ohio to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. The loading process—which included detaching the motors—took around 40 minutes, but the Air Force is confident they can get that time down to 15 minutes. C-130J cargo aircraft could carry five or six LIFT Hexa vehicles at a time.

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This story is a selection from the June/July issue of Air & Space magazine

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