It's a bird, it's a plane, no...it's a flying car!

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A flying car seems like something out of the movie "Cars," but one high tech vehicle actually exists and it was built to make a difference.

It sounds like a car and looks like a dune buggy but it has propellers for flying.

"It's a unique experience, very difficult to describe," said Jaime Saint with I-Tec.

"This can go to places nobody else can go. Sometimes a river in a remote area would be a barrier of going to the other side where maybe a baby needs health care or other needs, and training. So you hop in this and poof over the river you go," said Charlie Vittitow, Southeast Christian International Director of Missions.

The vehicle is getting a test drive at Southeast Christian this week as part of their Global Missions Health Conference. It's just one of the high tech tools being shown to 2,500 people at what is now the largest medical missions conference in North America.

The Maverick, as its called, is clearly the star. It's used in places that are hard to deliver medical supplies to. Up close,  it's just like any car.

"It uses a normal car engine, a steering wheel, a gas pedal and a brake. You fly it just like you drive it," said Jaime Saint with I-Tec.

It can fly up to 10,000 feet and drive up to 100 miles per hour. It's the kind of vehicle that can help Southeast and its partners get their missionaries to places where roads are washed out and rivers may be swollen. People like Dr. Florence Muindi in Kenya.

"We travel in very difficult places. Some of them very marginalized. So this will take us to places where no roads exist. They are barriers to get to those people, " said Dr Florence Muindi in Kenya.

The flying car weighs around 900 pounds, holds about three people and costs around $94,000. To learn more visit www.itechusa.org.
 

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