Missionary's Flying Car Travels to Wis. Air Show

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The missionary inventor who designed a flying car to help spread the Gospel throughout the world will showcase his invention at one of the biggest aviation shows in the world this weekend.

Steve Saint designed the Maverick Sport to take missionaries into regions that can't be reached by other modes of transportation.

The 59-year-old has taken the flying machine on a 1,300 mile journey from Florida to Wisconsin to be displayed at the EAA Adventure Air Show in Oshkosh.

Saint is the son of noted missionary Nate Saint who was killed by Huaorani tribesmen in Ecuador in 1956. His father's book inspired the feature film "End of the Spear," which was released in 2006.

"Down where we live you either fly or die. When I was an adult they told me it was time for me to come back and teach them things that I had learned in the outside world," Saint said.

"And this is one of the things they wanted to learn -- was how to fly. It's so that people in South America or Africa can take their people to their own clinics, their own doctors and do it themselves," he added.

The vehicle can travel 350 miles on the road and 100 miles in the air on a tank of gas.

Each flying car costs about $80,000. Saint hopes to be able to give non-profit groups a reduced price of $30,000.

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