The Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack is a variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. It currently holds the titles of the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep aircraft built. Only the North American XB-70 Valkyrie had higher empty weight and maximum speed. The Tu-160 has the heaviest take off weight of any military aircraft besides transports. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union, first entering service with the Soviet Air Force in 1983. While originally oriented towards combat against any enemy aircraft, many MiG-29s have been furnished as multirole fighters capable of performing a number of different operations, and are commonly outfitted to use a range of air-to-surface armaments and precision munitions. These days, civilians can pay to ride a MiG-29 Fulcrum to the edge of space. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The TriFan 600 VTOL by Denver, Colorado-based XTI Aircraft looks like a small jet, but it utilizes three-ducted fans to takeoff and land vertically from heliport-sized areas. In just seconds, the six-passenger (5 + 1 pilot) aircraft's two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to high-speed flight. It reaching a maximum 400mph cruising speed at 30,000-feet in 90-seconds and can travel up to 1,200-miles without refueling. "We fully expect that investors, especially crowdfunders and those with an interest in aviation, will be drawn to the idea of having their own 'Kitty Hawk' moment by being part of a truly new aircraft program that will change flight as we know it,' said XTI. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of an awesome transforming Optimus Prime Transformers birthday cake.
The Chengdu J-20 is a stealth, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft prototype being developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). It completed its first flight on January 11, 2011, and is expected to be operational in 2018. However, sightings of this elusive aircraft remain far and wide. The platform has the potential to be a capable, long-range strike system in the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
The Sukhoi T-50, designed for the PAK FA program, is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and is the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. This fighter specializes in air superiority and attack roles, thanks to its supercruise, stealth, super-maneuverability, and advanced avionics. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is currently the world's third largest military transport aircraft. It was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) by McDonnell Douglas, and commonly performs strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop duties. Continue reading for five more interesting facts.
There are video games, and then the F-35 Advanced Simulator, located at the Luke Air Force Base on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Everything in the cockpit was modeled after its real-life counterpart, including countless levers and buttons as well as the feeling of flying at several thousand feet when looking out the window. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, which was the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. Continue reading for two videos of the real F-35 and more information.
The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was truly ahead of its time, as we've yet to see a successor. This long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft, operated by the United States Air Force, was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and out-maneuver the missile. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents with none lost to enemy action. Continue reading for more interesting things you may not know about the "Blackbird".
Unlike other three-wheeled motorcycles, the Helicycle transforms into a gyrocopter in 10-minutes or less. A 230-hp, four-cylinder engine powers the craft to a maximum of 112 mph in the air or on the road, with a 220-mile (air) / 750-mile (road) range, thanks to a 27-gallon fuel tank. When used as a street-legal vehicle, it goes from 0-60 mph in under 8-seconds, complete with a proprietary tilting system that provides the agility of a motorcycle. When traveling by air, the craft's propeller, rotor, and dual rudders deploy in 10 minutes. The gyrocopter's non-powered overhead rotor spins as a result of the forward motion of the vehicle to provide lift. Best of all, it only requires a 540' runway for takeoffs (just 100' for landings). Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of the bizarre "microburst" phenomena, in a which a cloud basically turns into a faucet.
For those who aren't conspiracy theorists, "Janet" - said to stand for 'Just Another Non Existent Terminal' - refers to a small fleet of passenger aircraft operated for the United States Air Force. The airline primarily transports military and contractor employees and currently serve mostly Area 51 from their terminal at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Continue reading for five interesting facts, along with a couple videos of people who tried askin about the airline.