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DeLorean Aerospace

Paul DeLorean, the nephew of John DeLorean, founder of the famed automaker, is the CEO and chief designer of DeLorean Aerospace, and he plans on building a flying car. Even though it won't have time travel technology, this two-seat vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal air transport vehicle will feature lightweight materials, highly-efficient batteries capable of a 120-mile range, and computer controls. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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McKinley Climatic Laboratory


The McKinley Climatic Laboratory is both an active laboratory and a historic site located in Building 440 on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The main chamber was constructed to hold aircraft as large a B-29, its size also fitting the larger Convair B-36 Peacemaker. It now has 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) working area. This allows it to test aircraft as large as a C-5A. Under hot conditions, it can achieve 165°F. The All-Weather Room has a temperature range from -80°F to 170°F. Rainfall can be as high as 15 inches (380 mm) per hour and the wind can be as high as 60 knots (31 m/s). Snow can also be made in the chamber. The Temperature-Altitude Chamber can simulate altitudes up to 80,000 feet, and range in temperature range from -80°F to 140°F. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a molten metal squirt gun.

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ICON A5 Plane

When motorcycle, meets yacht and small plane, you get the $139,000 ICON A5. This two-seat vehicle is completely amphibious, thanks to retractable landing gear. It features a carbon fiber airframe powered by a 100-hp/120-mph Rotax 912 ULS engine, folding wings that allow it to be easily stored. Safety features include: a propeller guard, wing angle of attack indicator, and an integrated parachute that helps the entire plane land softly in case of emergency. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Cluster Bomb Drink Cabinet

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Priced at $17,405, this unique piece by Fallen Furniture is basically a RAF MK1 cluster bomb that was transformed into a luxury drinks cabinets. So far, three of these bombs, weighing 600 lbs each, have been transformed by Fallen Furniture co-founder Harry Tucker and his designers, for the luxury furniture market. They're created around a spindle that, in the original bomb, would have contained small bomblets to create a cluster effect when dropped. Now, these glass shelves are used to house drink glasses and whisky. Continue reading for more cool furniture pieces made from airplane parts. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Helicopter Glamping Hotel

Always wanted to stay in a unique hotel room like no other? If so, then this decommissioned Royal Navy ZA127 Sea King Helicopter, located at Mains Farm in Stirling, Scotland, should do the trick. The exterior was mainly kept intact, but the interior now features a bedroom, natural shelving, and a stainless steel kitchenette. The coolest part? A lounge area in the cockpit, complete with the original flight deck. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Moller M400 Skycar

After forty years of development and over $150-million in costs, the Skycar was only able to demonstrate tethered hovering capability in 2003. Fast forward to today, its creator, Paul Moller, has put the prototype up for sale on eBay with a buy-it-now price of $5-million. The Skycar's ducted fans deflect air vertically for takeoff and horizontally for forward flight. The ducted fans encase the propellers and engines, which prevents bystanders from being exposed to moving blades as well as improving aerodynamic efficiency at low speeds and generating lift in forward flight. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Amelia Earheart Spotted

A retired federal agent claimed to have discovered a photograph of Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan in the National Archives that could prove they successfully crash-landed in the Marshall Islands before being allegedly captured by the Japanese military. The photo alleges to show the duo in front of a barge towing an airplane, and the image is even stamped with the official markings of the Office of Naval Intelligence. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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F-22 Raptor Truck

You read that right, this is a one-of-a-kind F-22 Raptor jet-inspired Ford F-150, which is being auctioned off at the annual EAA Gathering of Eagles on July 27. It's not just about the looks, as under the hood, you'll find a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine tuned by Ford Performance engineers, complete with Whipple intercooler, to boost power output to an impressive 545 hp. 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 an extremely powerful 4000 psi BB gun.

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Lockheed Martin SR-72


After many years of speculation, Lockheed Martin has finally confirmed that its Skunk Works unit has started building the first SR-72 flight demonstrator. The aircraft is envisioned with an air-breathing hypersonic propulsion system that has the ability to accelerate from standstill to Mach 6.0 using the same engine, making it about twice as fast as the SR-71. At speeds of Mach 5 and above, aerodynamic friction becomes hot enough to melt conventional metallic airframes, so engineers are looking to composites such as high-performance carbon, ceramic, and metal mixes, for fabrication of critical components. The SR-72 follows the US Air Force's hypersonic road map for developing a hypersonic strike weapon by 2020, and a penetrating ISR aircraft by 2030. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing the first four minutes of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Workhorse Surefly Personal Aircraft

The Workhorse SureFly Personal Aircraft may look like a drone at first glance, but it's actually a two-seater that aims to reinvent the helicopter. It's powered by eight independent motors power that turn eight carbon fiber propellers, all run on a gasoline engine. In case things go wrong, there's a battery backup, but should that go belly up, ballistic parachutes are provided for all passengers. The SureFly has a 70 mile range and a running time of one hour. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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