London: Scientists in the US have developed a James Bond style, foldable two-seater plane which can travel by land, sea, and even in snow and will soon hit the market priced at USD 3,50,000.
The Lisa Akoya is a multipurpose plane which is just as comfortable on water - and even snow - as it is in the air.
The aircraft is soon to go on sale in the US following more than 70 test-flights, the Daily Mail reported.
It even comes with foldable wings, allowing it to be kept in a garage.
The Akoya made its debut at the AirVenture Oshkosh show in Winconsin last month, and will be ready for buyers in 2014 in Europe and America.
It can travel up to 2,011 kilometres on a single trip at speeds of up to 135 knots - 155 mph, before touching down on practically any smooth surface.
The plane has an affinity for runways, but the pilot can go for a water landing, with a flick of the switch turning the landing wheels into hydrofoils for a safe sea landing.
When on snow, ski blades can also be attached to ensure a smooth landing of the plane.
The design has a safety feature which means that if the plane does take an unfortunate turn in the water and ends up upside down, the heavy engine will raise the cockpit out of the water, keeping the pilots above the water line.
First Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 16:24