INSIDE THE SECRET CONFERENCE PLOTTING TO LAUNCH FLYING CARS
MOST DAYS, THE Bentonville Municipal Airport in Arkansas is a pretty quiet place, servicing the occasional small private airplanes that pass through, or one or two business jets, most likely visiting the area’s largest employer—Walmart, which has its headquarters in town. But earlier this month, it saw a sudden influx. The sleek business jets started arriving in Bentonville on Thursday. By Friday, a dozen of the things were smartly lined up on the ramp, wingtip to wingtip.
That night, an aerobatic plane pulled high-G maneuvers over the runway during a private airshow, right in front of the open hangar where the men and women who’d flown in on those jets, joined by a few dozen more who’d flown commercial, were having dinner. About 10 minutes into the routine, a fierce storm rolled in. The pilot landed, the party moved inside, and the hangar door slammed shut.
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