Paul Allen stated that Stratolaunch's carrier aircraft would have a wingspan of 385-feet, or about 20-feet longer than an Apollo-era Saturn V and about half as long as the Hindenburg class airships. This would make it the largest airplane, by wingspan, to ever fly. It will weigh in at over 1.2-million-pounds including the fully fueled launch vehicle and be powered by six 46,000-66,500 lbf thrust-range jet engines, that are planned to be sourced from two used 747-400s that will be cannibalized for engines, avionics, flight deck, landing gear and other proven systems that can be recycled to cut development costs." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today.
At first glance, this may look like a futuristic spaceport, ready for Virgin Galactic ships to take off into the stars, but it's actually Beijing's all-new airport terminal. This was designed by architect Zaha Hadid, known for cultural institutions, skyscrapers, and residential towers. Once complete, it will be one of the largest hubs in the world for air travel, accommodating up to 45 million passengers a year and clocking in at 7.5 million square feet. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Krossblade's SkyProwler is no ordinary aircraft, as it has four horizontal propellers that allow it to perform vertical take-offs, landings, and hover in mid-air. While a normal copter needs to tilt its nose down in order to move forward, the SkyProwler uses an additional two vertical props in the rear to push itself forward, enabling it to minimize its frontal area while moving through the air. To transform it into stealth mode, they can have the aircraft to retract its landing gear and pull its four copter props into the sides of its body, switchblade-style, at the push of a button. Then it's powered solely by the two rear props, maintaining lift using its wings. In other words, the SkyProwler can cover greater distances using less battery power, and to keep up with fast-moving subjects - its top speed in stealth mode is 83 mph (134 km/h). Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 3-year-old white belt reciting the student creed.
Here's another look at the Antonov An-225 Mriya, the longest and heaviest airplane ever built, with a maximum takeoff weight of 640 tonnes. It also has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in operational service. The single example built has the Ukrainian civil registration UR-82060. A second airframe was partially built; its completion was halted because of lack of funding and interest. The Antonov An-225, initially developed for the task of transporting the Buran spaceplane, was an enlargement of the successful Antonov An-124. The first and only An-225 was completed in 1988. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Here are some rarely seen pictures show how engineers in 1960s California secretly developed the SR-71 Blackbird for the US Air Force, currently still the fastest unclassified aircraft. These rarely seen once classified photos reveal how Lockheed built three types of Blackbird - A, B and C in Burbank, California. All of the SR-71 models were built by American aerospace company Lockheed under a 'black project'. The SR-71 Blackbird has held the world record for the fastest air-breathing manned aircraft with a record speed of 2,193.2mph, since July 28, 1976. To withstand the high temperatures generated by friction due to sustained Mach 3 flight in the upper atmosphere, the SR-71 required an array of specially developed materials including high temperature fuel, sealants, lubricants, wiring and other components. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five more popular viral videos of today.
TransAsia Airways announced that one of their planes with 58 passengers and crew on board crashed into Keelung River shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people and leaving two dozen missing. Currently there are 15 known people survivors, including a small child, after the plane lurched between buildings, clipped an overpass with its port-side wing and crashed upside down in the shallow water. Continue reading for a video of the survivors and wreckage.
The Skylon C2 is a new type of aircraft that uses the SABRE engine system, which relies on a device called the precooler - technology that cools down the air entering the engineer system by more than 1,000° C in a mere .01-seconds, resulting in an unheard-of cooling rate of 400 megawatts, enabling the plane to 'breathe' oxygen. SKYLON will also be able to take passengers into outer space, taking off and landing horizontally like a normal plane. SABRE will also be used in the LAPCAT A2. Continue reading for another video and more information.
SkyMall, the famous in-flight shopping catalog, filed for federal bankruptcy court protection in Phoenix on Friday, seeking a court-supervised sale of their assets. During their heyday, SkyMall catalogs could be found in the seat-back pockets on just about every airline flight. Xhibit (parent company) Chief Financial Officer Scott Wiley said: "With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog. The substantial increase in the number of air carriers which provide Internet access, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's recent decision to allow the use of electronic devices during take-off and landing, resulted in additional competition from e-commerce retailers and additional competition for the attention of passengers, all of which further negatively impacted SkyMall's catalog sales." Continue reading to see some of their strangest items ever.
If nothing else, this amazingly detailed Boeing 777-300ER replica shows that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, or in this case, manila folders. Aviation fanatic and model maker Luca Iaconi-Stewart, used miniature knifes, common watch-making tools, axles, clamps, tie rods, brackets and even pneumatic hoses to create the 2,000-part model you see above. He managed to acquire the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and started work on the 5-foot-long 1:60 scale model. First, designs were drawn up in Adobe Illustrator and then printed directly onto the manila folders. The mesh behind the engine was latticed manually out of hundreds of strands. The assembly process took approximately 200-hours. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
So, your flight is delayed and all of the airport lounges are closed. Introducing Napcabs, which are basically luxurious "sleeping cabins," located right in the middle of the terminal. Think of them as tiny private rooms, complete with luggage storage, a bed and a small workspace. Simple swipe credit card on a touchscreen, book a $35 (minimum) time slot - priced between $12 - $18 per hour - and you're ready to relax. Continue reading for two videos.