Prineville, Ore. – Thursday, December 14, 2023: Samson Sky recently announced significant advancements following the Official First Flight of their high-performance flying car, the Switchblade, on November 9, 2023. This latest achievement includes acquiring a new patent for the wing-swing design from the European Union. This addition increases the Oregon-based company’s patent portfolio to six, with more patents currently in progress.
Sam Bousfield, CEO and designer at Samson, emphasized the importance of the wing-swing design patents, stating, “This innovation is crucial for Samson, as it allows the wings and tail to retract entirely into the vehicle, ensuring their protection while driving. This feature is unique to the Switchblade and is essential for its practicality in everyday use.”
Following the media coverage of the Switchblade’s maiden flight, Samson has seen a significant boost in interest, adding over $5.5 million to their order books. This event reached a potential audience of over 220 million people. Bousfield expressed the investors’ enthusiasm, noting the overwhelming support and confidence they have received since this milestone.
The Switchblade distinguishes itself in the market as a high-performance vehicle, both on the road and in the air, a feature setting it apart from other contenders in the flying car sector. It boasts impressive specifications, with a top driving speed of over 125 mph (201 km/h) and an estimated maximum flight speed of 190 mph (305 km/h). The engine is designed to power both the wheels on the ground and the propeller in the air.
A notable innovation in the Switchblade is its hybrid electric system, the Skybrid™, which utilizes unleaded auto gas instead of traditional leaded aviation fuel. This allows for convenient refueling at standard auto gas stations. The system also lays the groundwork for future all-electric versions of the flying car, featuring technology not found in any other vehicle.
The Switchblade offers a unique experience: from your garage, drive to a nearby airport, transform from driving to flying mode, and then fly to your destination’s closest airport. Upon landing, you can revert to driving mode for the final leg of your journey. With seating for two and ample storage space, the Switchblade can cover up to 500 miles on a single tank of gas, combining convenience with performance.