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.
Frantisek Hadrava, a 45-year-old locksmith from the Czech Republic, hated driving 14-minutes to work every day. So, he decided to build an airplane - based on the Mini-Max planes - to cut his commute time in half. "It takes me about 12-14 minutes by car. By plane, it would take around 4-5 minutes if I flew directly, but I take a bit of a detour so that I don't disturb people early in the morning. So it takes about 7 minutes," said Hadrava. Continue reading for another test flight video and more information.
Set to hit Burning Man 2016 is this virtual reality art experience housed inside a decommissioned Boeing 747. Officially called the "747 project," the aircraft will serve as a venue for showcases, as well as an incubator for music, art, live performances, experiences, and inspirational talks, complete with Google Cardboard integration. The Boeing 747's top has been chopped off to create an outdoor deck for sweeping views of La Playa. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.
You've probably seen the original model before, but the Pal-V One Liberty Edition, priced at $600,000 and set for release next year, brings a host of upgrades. For starters, it's now powered by a four-cylinder engine producing 230-horsepower, enabling it to achieve speeds of up 112mph on land or in the air, while a 27-gallon gas tank provides a 220-mile flight range (750-miles on land). It transitions from drive and flight modes in just 10-minutes, thanks to its lightweight carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum frame. 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 quantum experiment that broke reality.
If money is no object, you could walk, bike, drive, or fly to work in a TriFan 600 VTOL. This transforming vertical-takeoff personal jet can accommodate five passengers as it utilizes a trio of ducted fans to takeoff and land from areas no larger than a heliport. Once in the air, the aircraft shuts off one of the fans and engages its dual turboshaft engines, reaching full cruising speed in a mere 90-seconds. The TriFan 600 has a 1,200-miles range, and a maximum cruising altitude of over 30,000-feet. 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 how to make chocolate LEGO bricks
There are a total of four weapons stations between the two internal bays of the F-35. Two of these can carry air-to-surface missiles up to 2,000-pounds in A and C models, or two bombs up to 1,000-pounds in the B model; the other two stations are for smaller weapons such as air-to-air missiles. The weapon bays can carry AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-132 ASRAAM, the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), Paveway series of bombs, the Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Brimstone anti-tank missiles, and cluster munitions (Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser). Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.