When is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner not just a plane that takes passengers on long haul international routes? When it's painted to look like R2-D2 from the Star Wars universe. A newly released video shows the nose of the plane decorated with R2-D2's signature blue and white stripes, along with its various ports. This specially designed jet marks the start of a 5-year All Nippon Airways "Star Wars" project, which is set to include "a range of novel initiatives." It's been approved for international routes. Continue reading for the video and more pictures.
There are first class airline suites, and now the Bell 525 Relentless. This super-medium helicopter has many practical uses, including firefighting, rescue missions, and first-class transportation. Above, we see one of the many possible configurations, decking out the 88-square-foot cabin interior with lots of gold accents. The flight deck boasts several touchscreen displays, which are designed to minimize the hand and eye movements a pilot must use to control the vehicle, reducing fatigue during long flights. Continue reading for a video of the base model, more pictures and additional information.
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is basically a single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system helps to make it a nimble aircraft. Continue reading for more.
In this crazy video, you'll see and hear U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, AV-8B Harrier aircraft pilot talking about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on the aircraft aboard the USS Bataan, at sea. The AV-8B Harrier II is a single-engine ground-attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL). Continue reading for the video and more information.
If you're a billionaire who demands only the finest in air travel, look no further than this private Boeing 747-8 VIP by Greenpoint Technologies. Perhaps the $65-million Gulfstream G650 or the Bombardier Global Series are good enough for some of the ultra wealthy, but there are a handful who convert commercial airliners, like the A380, 787 and 747-8, into private flying palaces. Airbus Corporate and Boeing Business Jet have started offering "VIP" versions of these airliners under these newly created companies. One confidential client recently took delivery of a personalized Boeing 747-8, complete with 4,786-squre-feet of space. You'll find a stateroom, lounges, an office, gigantic dining room and lots more. Continue reading to take a tour inside.
No, Heir Force One isn't a typo, but rather a specially converted Airbus A320-232 that features luxury clubman style recliner seats, a large double bed and even a shower room in the presidential area. It's the preferred mode of transportation for Prince Charles on his tour of the United States for a total of 4-days. Continue reading for more.
Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor conducted its first flight in 1997, and is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the U.S. Air Force (USAF). It was initially designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. While Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, Boeing provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems. The flyaway cost for a single unit is $150-million, as of 2009. Continue reading for more.
At $2.1-billion (fly away cost) per unit, the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, developed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman, is basically a heavy strategic bomber that features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is able to deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons. It has a crew of two and can drop up to eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400-pounds (1,100-kilograms) B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only known aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration. Continue reading for more.
Solar Impulse 2 is attempting to fly around the world powered entirely by solar energy. It successfully took off yesterday from Abu Dhabi, and is piloted by the project co-founders Andre Borschberg, along with Bertrand Piccard. This ultra-lightweight aircraft (5,070-pounds) will cover 12 stops across the globe to illustrate the power of renewable energy and green technology, over the next five months. On the technical side, the plane boasts 17,000 solar cells that, when paired with the on-board batteries, allow it to fly day and night. If all goes as planned, Solar Impulse 2 will land in India, Myanmar, and China, before crossing the Pacific Ocean to make appearances in three US cities. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today including "Superhero Soccer".
People flock to Maho Beach in Saint Martin for up-close encounters with airplanes. This particular jet might have gotten a little too close as it approached Princess Juliana International Airport. If you're wondering why aircraft are forced to land so close to the beach, it's to touch down near the start of the short Runway 10, which is 2,300 meters in length. Continue reading for more crazy and dangerous airports.