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Airbus H160 Helicopter

Airbus may not be known for their helicopters, but the H160 is about to change that. Not only does it use up to 20 percent less fuel than the current generation of similar-sized helicopters, it's powered by two new fuel-efficient Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines, and can carry up to 12 passengers at a cruising speed of about 185 mph for distances beyond 500 miles. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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SolarStratos

SolarStratos, set for an official launch in 2018, is essentially a solar-powered airplane that will take humans to the edge of space and back, achieving an altitude of more than 75,000 feet. This 5-hour mission will subject both the plane and passengers to frigid temperatures and extremely low pressures. At 8.5 meters long, it's powered by a 32-kW electric engine and 20 kWh lithium-ion battery, charged by 22-square-meters of solar cells, which cover the wings. 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 the vision of Nintendo at Universal theme parks.

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HondaJet

The HondaJet is now the fastest aircraft in its class, setting record times for two recognized routes: Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2-hours and 51-minutes; and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida in 2-hours and 58-minutes. It boasts a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph) while soaring to a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet, with an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles). "We chose several of the busiest business aviation airports with extremely popular routes to demonstrate that the HondaJet will get customers where they need to be faster than any other light jet. These missions prove just how dramatically HondaJet design innovations like the over-the-wing engine mount increase performance and fuel efficiency over other light jets," said says Honda Aircraft President and CEO, Michimasa Fujino. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a helicopter pilot's POV landing on a carrier ship in rough seas.

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Cormorant UAV Autonomous Aircraft

Urban Aeronautics' Cormorant UAV is the world's first autonomous aircraft, and it has successfully completed its maiden flight over terrain.Data from numerous sensors, including two laser altimeters, a radar altimeter, inertial sensors, and an electro-optic payload camera make up the aircraft's Flight Control System (FCS). "This flight paves the way forward for the immediate evolution of Cormorant from prototype to near-term production and ultimately commercialization of this groundbreaking technology - for broad applications and markets. This is the most exciting time in the company's history and we look forward to accelerating our progress now that the technology is fully proven," said Urban Aeronautics founder Rafi Yoeli. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how some are unlocking iPhones without using a passcode.

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XB-1 Supersonic Jet

Aviation startup Boom Technology has a possible successor to the Concorde: the XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, nicknamed "Baby Boom". The supersonic jet takes you from NYC to London in just 3.5-hours instead of seven, while the typical 15-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney would be slashed down to a mere 6.5-hours. This is more than just a rendering, as the plane was revealed at an event Tuesday evening at Hangar 14 at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado. It's set to hit the skies in late 2017. Continue reading for an interesting video of the Concorde.

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Lockheed A-12

Before the SR-71 Blackbird, there was the Lockheed A-12, a reconnaissance aircraft built for the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by Lockheed's Skunk Works, based on the designs of Clarence "Kelly" Johnson. The aircraft was designated A-12, the 12th in a series of internal design efforts for "Archangel", the aircraft's internal code name. It competed in the CIA's "Oxcart" program against the Convair Kingfish proposal in 1959, and won for a variety of reasons. Continue reading for more cool facts you may not have known.

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China J-20

Two of China's secretive J-20 stealth fighters swept over a large crowd at the Zhuhai Air Show Tuesday. The fighters were not officially listed on the schedule and appeared in the sky just after an aerobatics show by the People's Liberation Army Air Force. After screeching into the sky as a pair at low-level, one of the J-20s quickly disappeared over the horizon, leaving the other to perform a series of turns, revealing its delta wing shape against bright sub-tropical haze. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Valkyrie Private Plane Rose Gold


For $1.5-million, you could either buy a new hypercar or a Colbalt Valkyrie-X Rose Gold private jet. It's built in California, and currently one of the fastest piston aircraft in the world, equipped with a 350-horsepower engine that propels it at speeds up to 230 mph, with a range of 1,150 land miles. The shell is made from carbon composite, with precision controls and solid stainless steel and aluminum alloys for the retractable landing gear, to keep things light. You also get hand-stitched cream leather seats and the largest one-piece canopy in the world for breathtaking panoramic views of the sky. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never try to drive your car off a tow truck after it's been hooked in.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Lockheed U-2

Lockheed's U-2, also known as "Dragon Lady", is a single-jet engine reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, ultra high-altitude (70,000-feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. It has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes. Continue reading for more cool facts about the U-2. Click here for a few bonus images.

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