Instead of improving current, tried-and-true helicopter designs, the United States Military has decided that a better idea would be building a flying Humvee. A $3 million grant was given to AAI Corporation, which is based in Maryland, by the Pentagon to begin testing the vehicle. An additional $1 million was given by DARPA to the Rocketdyne corporation to manufacture a diesel engine for it. (And, ladies and gentlemen, this is where your tax dollars go.)
According to the Pentagon, the vehicle will “combine the advantages of ground vehicles and helicopters into a single vehicle equipped with flexibility of movement.” In other words, like most other ridiculously cool technology, the flying car of the future has arrived, and it is reserved for the army. … And it’s a Hummer.