Boeing's 'Sky Commuter' Sells On eBay For $131,700 | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 07.06.15

Airborne 07.07.15

Airborne 07.01.15

Airborne 07.02.15

Airborne 07.03.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 07.06.15

Airborne 07.07.15

Airborne 07.01.15

Airborne 07.02.15

Airborne 07.03.15

 

Tue, Jan 15, 2008

Boeing's 'Sky Commuter' Sells On eBay For $131,700

Buyer Says Historical Curiosity Bound For Museum

by ANN Senior E-Media Producer Paul Plack

It's truly amazing what you can find on eBay. Back in the 80s, engineers at Boeing burned through a reported $6 million developing three prototype vehicles designed to be able to drive on roads, float on water, and fly.

Legend has it that every flight of the vehicle, called the Sky Commuter, crashed before exceeding 10 feet in altitude. When the program was shut down, there was only one vehicle intact -- the one used for PR tours to raise more investor money.

You guessed it -- the only remaining Sky Commuter turned up on eBay recently. It sold Monday, for $131,700 US.

The winning bidder, who we know only as "prattesgirl," gets the 400-pound, 14-foot-long, composite-bodied car with three ducted fans... but it comes with a warning: Do not try this at home.

The seller cautions while the machine is a great museum piece, a stable control system was never perfected.

But, he also points out, the same could be said of the Moller Sky Car... which was recently abandoned after decades of hype, and a reported $88 million spent. By comparison, the Boeing Sky Commuter's reputed price tag is chump change.

By the way, the winning bidder says the Sky Commuter will go to a museum.

Nuts... I wish I'd seen that auction. I've been looking for something to drive to cruise nights this summer... Sky Commuter number 1 of 3 would have been lots more interesting than another '69 Nova SS!

FMI: Read The Sky Commuter's eBay Listing

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 07.06.15: Solar Impulse 2, FAA Reauth Delay, Airline Investigation

Also: SpaceX Test, The G500, Senate Appropriations, TSA Causes Cash Confiscation, NASA v Thunderstorms, Virgin Atlantic Cuts, Bristow Scholarship Even those of us who love flying w>[...]

Airborne 07.06.15: Solar Impulse 2, FAA Reauth Delay, Airline Investigation

Also: SpaceX Test, The G500, Senate Appropriations, TSA Causes Cash Confiscation, NASA v Thunderstorms, Virgin Atlantic Cuts, Bristow Scholarship Even those of us who love flying w>[...]

Patty Wagstaff Seeks To Crowdfund A New Airplane

Looks For Donations From The Public With A Goal Of $450K Patty Wagstaff has been flying airshows for more than 25 years. She's an inductee in the National Aviation Hall of Fame ...>[...]

Airborne 07.03.15: New Trig Avionics, Cargo Biz Grows, iOS GPS Fix

Also: 'No Drone Zone', Aviation v Media, Women's Air Race Classic, Houston Spaceport, Navy's New A/C Launch System, GA Fly Safe, FAA InFO Trig Avionics tells us they are unveiling >[...]

AeroSports Update: Red Bull Race Results Are In

Arch Grabs Second Straight Win With Thrilling Victory In Budapest As if the action of Red Bull Racing is not enough, the stunning background provided by the race setting in Budapes>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC