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Terrafugia TF-X

You've probably heard about this company for years, but now they've officially taken the wraps off their TF-X model, a street-legal, four-seat fixed wing aircraft. Its engine and electric power source are similar to an electric car, but in addition to wheels, there are fold-up wings. A built-in GPS will help drivers navigate both land and air, as well as assist with auto-landing when in inclement weather. The company so far has 100+ pre-orders for the craft, which is estimated to cost $279,000, without any options. This updated model features an improved hybrid engine system, making it faster, heavier and roomier, with rotor blades on each wing tip that assist take off / landing, while folding away during flight. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for today's five most popular viral videos, including one on how to draw a perfect circle freehand.

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Lockheed F-35B VTOL

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is basically a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role fighter jets undergoing testing and final development by the United States. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant. Continue reading for more cool facts about the aircraft.

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Avro Vulcan Bomber

The last Avro Vulcan bomber may not be in service anymore, but it's been flying in private hands since 2007, and one of the last remaining aircraft performed a crazy stunt at the Royal International Air Tattoo in RAF Fairford, UK, one of the world's largest air shows, this past week. According to Jalopnik, "on takeoff yesterday, the massive delta-winged beast rolled hard to the right just above the runway. The maneuver, which was lower and steeper than any performed by the aircraft before, provoked a collective gasp and then cheers from the crowd as the huge jet powered through the extremely low-level turn." Continue reading for the video.

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V-22 Osprey

At first glance, you may think the aircraft above is a Transformers robot, but it's actually the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor military aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It combines the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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F-35A Cannon

The F-35A is armed with a GAU-22/A, a four-barrel version of the 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer cannon. The cannon is mounted internally with 182 rounds for the F-35A or in an external pod with 220 rounds for the F-35B and F-35C; the gun pod has stealth features. The F-35 has two internal weapons bays, and external hardpoints for mounting up to four underwing pylons and two near wingtip pylons. Continue reading to see it firing for the first time in public view.

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360-Degree Vid Tech

Always wanted to fly in a fighter jet? Well, Google's new 360-degree video technology will let you do just that, virtually. Simply move your mouse cursor around while watching the video, and you'll be able to pan around the cockpit. Everything from the stick and throttle movements to the amazing scenery is at your fingertips. The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Continue reading for the interactive video and more information.

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Paravelo Flying Bicycle

XploreAir have unveiled Paravelo, the world's first flying bicycle. An electric motor powers the biofuel-powered fan, while a flexible wing controls the takeoff process. It can hit altitudes of 4,000 feet as well as achieve speeds of 15 miles per hour on the ground and 25 miles per hour in the air. Best of all, you won't need a special license to fly this machine for up to 3-hours at a time. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Boeing 727 Hotel

Summer officially begins in just a few days (for some of us), and what better way to kick things off than by looking at an actual hotel made from a decommissioned Boeing 727. This one-of-a-kind suite at the Hotel Costa Verde in Costa Rica is set inside a 1965 Boeing 727 airplane that transported globetrotters on South Africa Air and Avianca Airlines. Each piece was transported individually from the San Jose airport to its current resting place on a pedestal 50-feet above the beach. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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Flying Vehicles

In the near future, people may have the options of either driving or flying to work, depending on what vehicle they buy. Whether it be the ZERO helicopter, ICON A5 personal aircraft or Terrafugia TF-X, there will be plenty of models to choose from, or so we hope. Our favorite is definitely the Aeromobil 3.0, which boasts a 19-foot long body that's powered by a Rotax 912 engine. It sports carbon-coated steel frame and collapsible wings that become functional once you hit 90mph - has a top speed of 124mph and 430-mile range. 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 how AT&T envisioned what the digital future would be like today, in 1961.

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Flik Fying Electric Bicycle

It's a bird...it's a plane..it's Flike? That's right, this full-electric flying bicycle - developed by a Hungarian team in just 6-months - has completed its first flight. To be more specific, it remained aloft in controlled tests for over a minute, with lithium-polymer batteries to power the cycle's six rotors that have the capacity to sustain a 30-40 minute flight. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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