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.
The The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy, operated by NASA, is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling oversized cargo components. It was the successor to the Pregnant Guppy, the first of the Guppy aircraft produced by Aero Spacelines, which in turn was named for its resemblance to a pregnant guppy. A total of five examples were built in two variants, both of which were colloquially referred to as the "Super Guppy". Continue reading for five more cool facts you may not have known about this aircraft. Click here for a few bonus images of the Super Guppy.
First class suites sound nice, but air travel has come a long way since the 1950s - 1970s, and some even consider this period the Golden Age. With commercial flights being a new market, airlines struggled to top each other by offering the fanciest of meals, such as TWA's "full meal" to be served in-flight: soup, meat, salad, vegetables and dessert, complete with real glassware as well as a main lobster entree. Flying was so rare that passengers were given postcards during boarding with pictures of the plane or in-flight meal, to show their loved ones what the experience was like. "The tradition at the time was that you would use your in-flight time to write people you knew on the ground, describing your flight," said historian Guillaume de Syon. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery.
Created by product designer Juan Garcia Mansilla, the Amelia-7 (A7) Fighter Jet was inspired by the props seen in the Captain America movie. Daniel Simon, the film's prop designer, specialized in creating historically accurate props that combined classic design with modern touches, and that really sparked the interest of Mansilla. Continue reading for more pictures.
Boeing 747 pilot Christiaan van Heijst makes perfect use of downtime while in the sky by capturing stunning scenes unlike any you see on the ground, with a Nikon D800, like the storm above. "From an early age on I have found great joy in capturing the beauty of natural light in all its forms. Later on, I combined that with flying and a new passion emerged. Seeing the entire world in my job, I feel privileged to be in a position to capture many different parts of the planet through my camera and immortalize the beauty of the places I visit," said Heijst. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters and funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an absolutely insane mountain bike course.
The Colomban Cri-Cri may not sound like anything special, but it is currently the world's smallest twin-engined manned aircraft, designed in the early 1970s by French aeronautical engineer Michel Colomban. It features a cantilever low-wing, a single-seat enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed tricycle landing gear and twin engines mounted on pylons to the nose of the aircraft in tractor configuration. Click here for more images of the CriCri. Continue reading for another flight test video.
The F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) to gain and maintain air supremacy in aerial combat. The Eagle can be armed with combinations of four different air-to-air weapons: AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles on two pylons under the wings, and an internal 20 millimetres M61 Vulcan Gatling gun in the right wing root. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Boeing is planning a major fleet-wide overhaul of all combat coded F-15Cs, and the upgrade is called "2040C" or "Advanced F-15," and will incorporate both new and old technology from the Silent Eagle program. For starters, the Advanced F-15 will boast "quad packs" which fit onto standard under-wing and belly hard-points, doubling its current air-to-air loadout to 16 missiles. It will also feature the Talon HATE communications pod, enabling the aircraft to transfer and receive data from F-22s operating alongside Eagles in combat theaters on a secured high-speed link. Inside, Multifunction displays (MFDs) and gauges will be replaced with a large area display (LAD), similar to those found in F-35 Lightning IIs. 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 hidden room where you'd least expect.
Another day, another strange accident, and this time, it involves a delivery van colliding with a Dragonair KA961 at Hong Kong International Airport. Fortunately, the vehicle was only dragged a few meters on the tarmac, with the driver suffering minor head injuries. "The driver who was trapped on board the light goods vehicle was rescued. He was injured in the head and shoulder and taken conscious to North Lantau Hospital for treatment," said a police spokesperson. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make a real shark cake.
Air Koryo is basically the state-owned national flag carrier airline of North Korea, headquartered in Sunan-guyok, Pyongyang. Pyongyang Sunan International Airport is considered the airline's home base, and it operates international scheduled and charter services to points in Asia and Europe. Despite all the bad press, this airline has not suffered any fatal accidents in throughout its entire history. Continue reading for more interesting facts.