Spike Aerospace's S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet, also known as the "Son of Concorde," has completed the first test flight. It can seat up to 22 passengers and cruises at Mach 1.6 with a range of 6200 miles, saving up to 50% on flight times. The aircraft is set to fly by 2021 and customer deliveries should happen during 2023. "These test flights are providing incredibly valuable information which we can use to refine the design. I am very excited about how helpful these tests will be to our supersonic development program," said test pilot KrishnaKumar Malu, who was assisted by Mike Ridlon at a private airfield in New England. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the U.S. and Russia's deep space gateway.
Here's a first look at the modular plane concept by A3, Airbus' Silicon Valley-based innovation subsidiary. Simply put, this future passenger aircraft boasts interchangeable modular interiors, which means its configuration could be quickly and dramatically transformed. Rather than design a whole new plane, the project uses existing Airbus cargo planes, in which components such as pallets and containers are already offloaded and loaded in under an hour. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Pilot Nick Underwood flew directly into Hurricane Irma - a category five hurricane with winds that have been recorded to hit 224mph. "I had a blast and I'm hype to go again. My headset on the plane lets me pipe in some music. It automatically lowers the music volume when someone talks to you so you still know what's up. On last night's flight we're approaching the storm at like 4 in the morning and I'm a little sleepy, so I put the workout playlist on," said Underwood. Continue reading for the full flight video and more information.
Powered by electric turbines that produce 435hp, the electric Lilium Jet can takes off and land vertically, making it possible to fly directly from a penthouse suite in London to the heart of Paris in just 1-hour. Once airborne, computer-assisted controls make it a breeze to fly, requiring only a sport pilot license to take to the skies. It can carry two passengers and up to 440 lbs of gear up to 300 miles away at speeds up to 250 mph. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Rockwell's B-1 Lancer, also known as "Bone" (B-One), is basically a supersonic variable-sweep wing, heavy bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF), and one of three strategic bombers in the USAF fleet as of 2017. The B-1B began deliveries in 1986 and formally entered service with Strategic Air Command (SAC) as a nuclear bomber in 1986. By 1988, all 100 aircraft had been delivered. The aircraft has a maximum speed of Mach 1.25 at higher altitudes. The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider to begin replacing the B-1B after 2025. The B-1s currently in inventory will reach the end of their service lives by 2045. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of 60-year-old life hacks put to the test.
Paul DeLorean, the nephew of John DeLorean, founder of the famed automaker, is the CEO and chief designer of DeLorean Aerospace, and he plans on building a flying car. Even though it won't have time travel technology, this two-seat vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal air transport vehicle will feature lightweight materials, highly-efficient batteries capable of a 120-mile range, and computer controls. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The McKinley Climatic Laboratory is both an active laboratory and a historic site located in Building 440 on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The main chamber was constructed to hold aircraft as large a B-29, its size also fitting the larger Convair B-36 Peacemaker. It now has 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) working area. This allows it to test aircraft as large as a C-5A. Under hot conditions, it can achieve 165°F. The All-Weather Room has a temperature range from -80°F to 170°F. Rainfall can be as high as 15 inches (380 mm) per hour and the wind can be as high as 60 knots (31 m/s). Snow can also be made in the chamber. The Temperature-Altitude Chamber can simulate altitudes up to 80,000 feet, and range in temperature range from -80°F to 140°F. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a molten metal squirt gun.
When motorcycle, meets yacht and small plane, you get the $139,000 ICON A5. This two-seat vehicle is completely amphibious, thanks to retractable landing gear. It features a carbon fiber airframe powered by a 100-hp/120-mph Rotax 912 ULS engine, folding wings that allow it to be easily stored. Safety features include: a propeller guard, wing angle of attack indicator, and an integrated parachute that helps the entire plane land softly in case of emergency. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Priced at $17,405, this unique piece by Fallen Furniture is basically a RAF MK1 cluster bomb that was transformed into a luxury drinks cabinets. So far, three of these bombs, weighing 600 lbs each, have been transformed by Fallen Furniture co-founder Harry Tucker and his designers, for the luxury furniture market. They're created around a spindle that, in the original bomb, would have contained small bomblets to create a cluster effect when dropped. Now, these glass shelves are used to house drink glasses and whisky. Continue reading for more cool furniture pieces made from airplane parts. Click here for a few bonus images.
Always wanted to stay in a unique hotel room like no other? If so, then this decommissioned Royal Navy ZA127 Sea King Helicopter, located at Mains Farm in Stirling, Scotland, should do the trick. The exterior was mainly kept intact, but the interior now features a bedroom, natural shelving, and a stainless steel kitchenette. The coolest part? A lounge area in the cockpit, complete with the original flight deck. Continue reading for more pictures and information.