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Northrop Grumman Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman has just won the contract to produce the next-generation stealth bomber, and while technical specifications weren't announced, we do know that each unit will cost a minimum of $564-million. Other known details include: the aircraft package consists of engines and sub-systems, with Initial Operational Capability set for 2025. Continue reading for a video of the concept in action, and more information.

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AH-1Z Viper Helicopter

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. It incorporates new rotor technology with upgraded military avionics, weapons systems, and electro-optical sensors in an integrated weapons platform. It has improved survivability and can find targets at longer ranges and attack them with precision weapons. The Z-model's integrated avionics system (IAS) has been developed by Northrop Grumman. The system includes two mission computers and an automatic flight control system. Each crew station has two 8 x 6-inch multifunction liquid crystal displays (LCD) and one 4.2 x 4.2-inch dual function LCD display. Continue reading for more. Click here for more pictures of the AH-1Z.

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FlyShip

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the FlyShip? Yes, this hybrid craft can not only hover just above the water, but is also capable of reaching speeds over 155mph (250km/h) in the sky. It has a 100 passenger capacity, with cabin space spanning an area of 1,500 square ft. The FlyShip hovers above land and water by creating a cushion of air under the 'reversed delta wings', propelling it from the ground. A three crew team is enough to keep everything running, as it consumes just 270 liters of fuel every hour, compared to jet liners which consume up to 3,300 liters per hour. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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World's Fastest R/C Jet

At first, this may look like a toy, but as you get closer, you'll see this RC jet's Behotec JB 180 Turbine Gold Edition engine. accelerates into the sky in the blink of an eye, and as you see in the video above, begins a nearly 100% vertical climb into the lower stratosphere. It's touted as the world's fastest, with a top speed of 440mph. 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 giving us a first look at LEGO: Force Awakens.

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Speedhawk Helicopter

Piasecki's X-49 "SpeedHawk" is a four-bladed, twin-engined, experimental high-speed compound helicopter unlike any that you've seen before, as it utilizes the company's proprietary vectored thrust ducted propeller (VTDP) design and includes the addition of lifting wings. The concept of the experimental program is to apply the VTDP technology to a production military helicopter to determine any benefit gained through increases in performance or useful load. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Microsoft thinks we'll watch football with HoloLens in the future.

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SR 71 Ring

At first, this ring may look normal, but it's actually made from the ejector nozzle of an SR-71 Blackbird. This long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft was operated by the United States Air Force, and developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. Click here to view more pictures of the SR-71. Continue reading for another picture of the ring.

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Stealth Helicopter

The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche was an advanced five-blade armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. The Comanche emplyed advanced sensors in its reconnaissance role, and was intended to designate targets for the AH-64 Apache. The aircraft was also armed with missiles and rockets to destroy armored vehicles. It was intended to be a stealth helicopter; it incorporated multiple techniques to reduce its radar cross-section (RCS) and other areas of visibility. Its outer surfaces were faceted and had radar-absorbent material (RAM) coatings and infrared-suppressant paint applied; with these measures, the Comanche's RCS was 360 times smaller than the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. 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 of a super circle plane that will boggle your mind.

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Supersonic Jet

Supersonic speed is essentially a rate of travel of an object that exceeds the speed of sound (Mach 1). For objects traveling in dry air of a temperature of 20 °C at sea level, this speed is approximately 1,125 ft/s, or 1,235 km/h. Flights during which only some parts of the air surrounding an object, such as the ends of rotor blades, reach supersonic speeds are called transonic. This occurs typically somewhere between Mach 0.8 and Mach 1.23. A vapor cone (above) is a visible cloud of condensed water which can sometimes form around an object moving at high speed through moist air, for example an aircraft flying at transonic speeds. Continue reading for another supersonic flight compilation and more information.

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General Atomics Avenger Drone

Unlike other military drones, the Avenger is powered by a turbofan engine, and its design includes stealth features such as internal weapons storage, and an S-shaped exhaust for a reduced infrared signature and radar signature. General Atomics plans to integrate a 150-kilowatt solid-state laser, and if successful, the craft will take to the skies in 2017. Since laser systems are heavy, GA-ASI developed a power system for drone lasers that uses aircraft power to charge an intermediate storage system, and then that runs the laser when it's firing shots. 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 showing what happens when you fire a weapon at someone underwater.

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El Al Anti-Missile

El Al planes have been fitted with anti-missile counter-measures since the early 2000s, with the initial system known as Flight Guard. Since that time, the company has been the only commercial airliner to fit its planes with systems to defend against anti-aircraft missiles. In 2014, El Al began to fit some of its planes that fly on more sensitive routes with an updated system missile defense system that employs an infrared missile-tracking camera, an infrared (IR), ultra-violet (UV), or radar missile-approach warning (MAWS) sensor to detect a missile launch in the very early stages of an attack and a laser system to act as a counter-measure. Continue reading for more interesting facts. Click here to view a few bonus facts.

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