Planning a vacation sometime soon, or just love flying? Here are some interesting facts you should probably know. It's true, the headphones you get during flights are never new as old ones are just cleaned and then repackaged for the next trip. Or, that mobile electronics really won't bring down a place, as some airlines even allow you to use them during takeoff. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of something you'd never expect a tiny dog to do.
A Boeing 747-8 pilot and his co-pilot spotted a mysterious orange and red glow over the Pacific Ocean, south of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka, during a routine flight from Hong Kong to Anchorage, Alaska. Dutch pilot JPC van Heijst said: "There were no thunderstorms on their route or weather-radar, suggesting the lightning did not originate in a storm. The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow, in a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but water." Continue reading for more pictures and information.
You normally find discarded jumbo jet engines in airplane junkyards, but this one was transformed into a futuristic-looking conference table by MotoArt. They simply took the Boeing 747 engine, polished it up, added LED lights as well as mounts for the glass top, and the masterpiece above ensued. Yes, there are even built-in electric outlets to charge your smartphone. No word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading for more pictures.
The Antonov An-225 Mriya is basically a strategic airlift cargo aircraft that was designed by the Soviet Union's Antonov Design Bureau in the 1980s. The An-225's name, Mriya means "Dream" in Ukrainian. The airlifter holds the absolute world records for an airlifted single item payload of 189,980 kilograms (418,834 pounds), and an airlifted total payload of 253,820 kilograms (559,577 pounds). 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. Continue reading for more.
Unlike other passenger jets, IXION has no windows, but rather uses flexible display panels that can go from opaque to transparent at the push of a button. It basically uses external cameras to capture a 360-degree panoramic view of the outside, automatically corrects the perspective and then displays it on the cabin's walls. Continue reading for more images of the plane and its interior.
Bullseye is a miniature bull terrier and the official mascot of Target Corporation. The dog is featured in Target's commercial campaigns and in store sale signage and is used in various marketing campaigns. Bullseye lives on a ranch just north of Los Angeles, belonging to her owner and trainer, David McMillan, operator of Worldwide Movie Animals. The ranch is home to the Target dog Nikki, although Target will not reveal whether this is the nickname of the current Bullseye or her predecessor. The dog was recently spotted on a plane and in economy class to boot. Continue reading for more bizarre things people have spotted on planes.
Priced from $185000 USD, the amphibious ICON A5 is a 1510-pound craft that boasts a 100 bhp Rotax 912 iS petrol engine, giving it a top speed of 120mph and a range of 345 miles. Its 10.36m wings are not only foldable for easy towing, they easily fit in a normal-sized garage, while the engine runs on both regular petrol and aviation fuel. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
The Pal-V One helicopter motorcycle is essentially a two-seat hybrid car and gyrocopter that just went on sale today. At $395,999, it's both road and air legal, capable of reaching speeds of up to 112mph and goes from 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds when driven on the road. Continue reading for a video, more information and the product page.
AVX has just unveiled a futuristic super helicopter that's set to win a $100-billion contract from the Pentagon. Unlike its predecessors, it uses two rotors to create lift, while fans propel it forward to reach 270mph. That's not all, the superchopper also has retractable landing gear and the attack variant carries all armaments stored inside until needed which provides a 'clean' aerodynamic design. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The Mikoyan MiG-31 is basically a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 "Foxbat". Like the MiG-25, MiG-31 is a large twin-engine aircraft with side-mounted air intakes, a shoulder-mounted wing with an aspect ratio of 2.94, and twin vertical tailfins. Unlike the MiG-25, it has two seats, with the rear occupied by a dedicated weapon systems officer. Continue reading for more.