British manufacturing firm ABS Hovercraft was probably ahead of their time when they built an experimental 6-seater hovercraft back in the early 90s, called DONAR. This amphibious craft was built from lightweight composites and had a sleek, fully enclosed cabin. It was mainly used to experiment with a range of technologies and innovations the company could introduce into its production models. Features included: gull-wing doors, an air-conditioned 6-seat cabin, complete with GPS system and a sportscar like layout. Continue reading for more pictures and another video of it in-action.
Levi Bettweiser, the photographer behind the Rescued Film Project, came across 31 undeveloped rolls of film shot by a single soldier during World War II at auction in Ohio. One problem, only half of the rolls were labeled with location names, and he says, "I know nothing about who shot the film or who it belonged to." Continue reading to see some of the images he was able to recover.
The DeLorean DMC-12 may attract all the attention, but fanatics know that Marty McFly's vehicle of choice was his 1985 Toyota pickup. Now, it's been recreated somewhat with the all-new 2016 Toyota Tacoma Marty McFly edition, complete with custom paint to match the original, off-road suspension, KC lights, custom tubular bumbers, light bar, vintage head, taillights, along with a special "Toyota" logo tailgate. You can view it now if you happen to be in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas today. Continue reading for a video of the original and more pictures.
Back to the Future fans probably know that thirty years ago today, Marty McFly arrived from 1985 in a Delorean after hitting 88mph.
"You mean we're in the future?" McFly asked Dr Emmett Brown. The 1989 blockbuster film actually got some predictions right, such as video conferencing, robotic drones, biometric payment terminals, electric cars (though not flying ones), and some prototype hoverboards that actually work. However, the film did miss arguably the two biggest technological advances of the past 30-years, the internet and smart devices. According to Doc Brown in Back To The Future Part III, the "future is not yet written," so 2025 might end up looking far stranger than 2015. Continue reading for another video and more information.
This isn't a toy plane, just the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, an American prototype fighter aircraft conceived during World War II by McDonnell Aircraft. It was intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the giant Convair B-36 bomber as a parasite fighter. The XF-85's intended role was to defend bombers from hostile interceptors, a need demonstrated during World War II. Two prototypes were constructed before the program was terminated. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The Northrop N-9M was a 'flying wing', a design developed by Jack Northrop, consisted of a steel tube center section which housed the pilot, though wood was used for a large part of the aircraft to reduce weight. Initially, the N-9M was powered by twin 290hp Menasco C65-1 engines, driving two-bladed propellers. The later N-9M-B model was upgraded to 400hp Franklin engines. The Northrop N-9M proved useful in helping to train XB-35 and XB-49 pilots however once the US Army canceled the XB-35 program all but the final (N-9M-B) aircraft were scrapped. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
If you thought flying first class today was extravagant, these interesting pictures show what luxury in the skies really was like during the Golden Age of Flying. To put things in perspective, an economy class ticket on TWA in 1955 from Chicago to Phoenix cost $138 round-trip, and adjusted for inflation, that equates to $1,168 today. Since in-flight television, internet, etc. did not exist at the time, many planes were equipped with dining tables - others were handed postcards to write on. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Boeing recently provided Fox Trot Alpha with never before seen images of their stealth jet, called "Quiet Bird", from the 1960s. It's also known as Model 853, and the company claims that official records of the program were probably destroyed in 1970s. These images from 1962-1963 are from Boeing's Wichita facility on a radar range, and while no actual flights took place during testing, they were able to drastically decrease the radar signature of a tactical aircraft. Continue reading for more images and information.
A monowheel is basically a one-wheeled single-track vehicle similar to a unicycle. However, instead of sitting above the wheel, the rider sits either within it or next to it. The wheel is a ring, usually driven by smaller wheels pressing against its inner rim. Hand-cranked and pedal-powered monowheels were patented and built in the late 19th century; most built in the 20th century have been motorized. Today, monowheels are generally built and used for fun and entertainment purposes, though from the 1860s through to the 1930s, they were proposed for use as serious transportation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the current stone skipping world record of 88 skips.
First sold in 1983, the Sony PS-F5 is a stylish marvel of engineering, due to its small, portable turntable that runs off regular batteries or an external power supply. You can play either 7" or 12" records at 45 / 33.3 RPM either in a standing or laying position, thanks to a linear tracking, direct drive, along with a record clamping system. You'll also find dual headphone jacks, as well as a swiveling foot arrangement, which stows in the base of the player. When you rotate the rubber-covered chrome plated steel feet, they extend out of the front and rear, giving extra stability when standing upright. Continue reading for more interesting historical photos.