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The Advanced Flying Automobile Sokol A400 is a dual mode vehicle capable of operating on the ground at freeway speeds and flying at general aviation aircraft speeds. All components needed to drive and fly are integral parts of the vehicle (permanently attached). Flight components (wing, horizontal & vertical stabilizer, and propeller) are stored inside the body in the automotive configuration and are deployed automatically by pushing a button to convert the vehicle into the aircraft configuration. Telescopic flight components minimize storage requirements. Principles of automated deployments and retraction of all components has been demonstrated by the AFA functionality model (shown below).

   
  Quarter Scale AFA Functionality Model
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Automotive Mode                                 Components Being Deployed
   

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Aircraft Mode
(All Flight Components & Wheels Fully Deployed)