Air Force Kicks Off Its Search for a Flying Car

The Air Force on April 27 kicked off Agility Prime, a new effort to help industry create a “flying car” for both commercial and military use. “There is a path for the military market to accelerate domestic use,” said Will Roper, the Air Force’s assistant secretary for acquisition. This new type of aircraft “represent[s] a truly transformative leap ahead in transportation,” he added. For the Air Force, small commercially produced aircraft can help with special operations missions, search and rescue, point-to-point logistics, and defense support to civil authorities missions. The weeklong Agility Prime virtual conference includes speakers from the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, Defense Innovation Unit, individual companies, and lawmakers.