The Black Knight Transformer, built by Advanced Tactics, Inc., is an unmanned vehicle designed to combine the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road truck.
The futuristic flying machine could one day be used by the U.S. military to deliver cargo or evacuate casualties.
During its first test flight in March 2014, the Black Knight Transformer demonstrated a stable and controlled hover.
The landmark flight demonstration was conducted at a secret location in southern California.
Bird's Eye View
A much smaller quadcopter drone captured this overhead photo of the Black Knight Transformer during its first flight test.
The Black Knight Transformer has a large interior space (similar to a Black Hawk helicopter), enabling it to transport cargo into combat zones and to carry wounded soldiers away from the battlefield.
Rustom Jehangir, an engineer at Advanced Tactics, stands next to the Black Knight Transformer for scale. Jehangir is 6-feet-tall (1.8 meters).
The Black Knight Transformer is larger than a Ford F-350 truck, shown here for scale. When the "truck-copter" is configured for driving, the engines are stowed against the side of the vehicle.
Lots of Features
A graphic describing the advantages and features of the Black Knight Transformer.