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.
In the near future, you may be able to travel anywhere in just 4-hours or less, aboard a hypersonic aircraft. That's right, the SABRE engine burns hydrogen and oxygen, acting like a jet engine in Earth's thick lower atmosphere, taking in oxygen to combust with onboard liquid hydrogen, while switching over to Mach 5 at an altitude of 16-miles to reach orbit. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a guy who built a working water-powered smartphone charger.
Sure, there are military drones capable of much more than any consumer model, but if aircraft manufacturers start building their own, we could see designs like the sleek Thunderbird above. When not in use, it can be disassembled and placed into a carrying case, but when emergency calls, the craft can be used to deliver life-saving medical supplies. Other practical uses include: package / food deliver and rescue missions. Continue reading for more pictures.
Half ATV and half plane, the SkyQuad sports a go kart-like design and its Rotax engine tackles rugged terrain with ease, while ram-air parafoil wing technology can achieve 55 mph in the air at a maximum altitude of 10,000-feet. It transitions from land to air very quickly, enabling you to access to a number of areas unreachable by traditional aircraft. 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 the incredible machine that lays down railroad track.
Airport workers have probably seen it all, from UFO hoaxes to just Chinese lanterns floating in the sky, but this recent sighting has stirred the interest of conspiracy theorists worldwide. Shot at Miami Airport, some are saying that the "plume is from a hydrogen powered rocket engine, water vapor condenses in the high altitude forming a cloud of ice crystals reflecting light from the sun which, from this viewpoint, is below the horizon." Continue reading for another strange sighting and more information.
Sure, the F-35 project might have cost $3.5-billion, and is 8-years late, but this stealth fighter recently tested its cannons, and all systems are go. It fired approximately 3 airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system, while 3 bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft's four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun. "The successful aerial gun test sortie was a culmination of several years' planning, which intensified in the first half of 2015 at the Edwards F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) Flight Test Squadron with a team of Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman personnel," said Mike Glass, Edwards ITF flight test director. 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 Star Wars: Rogue One behind-the-scenes featurette.
In addition to traveling the world, airline pilots also get to see some crazy weather conditions from up above. Ecuador Airlines pilot and photographer Santiago Borja sometimes passes directly through thunderstorms, and this time, he managed to capture this image from 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama. Continue reading for one more image and additional information.
The Northrop YF-23 was an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth fighter aircraft technology demonstrator designed for the United States Air Force (USAF). Several companies submitted design proposals; the USAF selected proposals from Northrop and Lockheed. Northrop teamed with McDonnell Douglas to develop the YF-23, while Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics developed the YF-22. The YF-23 was stealthier and faster, but less agile than its competitor. After a four-year development and evaluation process, the YF-22 was announced the winner in 1991 and entered production as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Continue reading for another video and more information.