A VEHICLE billed as the world's first flying car is set to pay a visit to Cumbria next week.

The PAL-V Liberty flying car, developed by Dutch company PAL-V, will be at Kirkbride Airfield on Tuesday, April 13 between 11am and 3pm.

The vehicle in question is one of the first production prototypes and is in the UK for media work.

The man in charge of the project - Andy Wall - is a former flying student of gyro plane instructor Chris Jones, who is based at Kirkbride. On the day, a number of gyroplanes will take to the air to demonstrate the safe principle on which the PAL-V is based.

The Liberty can hit speeds of 160kph (99mph) on land and 180kph (112mph) in the air, with a range of up to 500km.

It is the first flying car to get road permission for Europe, and is the first to complete the full certification basis with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) after 10 years of testing.