A passenger aboard an American Airlines flight from San Jose, California to Houston, Texas, managed to snap a series of photographs of a giant metallic disc in the Nevada desert. There was a 'blinding bright light' in the desert below near Luning and Gabbs that caught his eye at first. "I saw a large silver disc that appeared to be in the middle of the desert. This disc was shooting orb like lights into the air. The disc itself had multiple lights that were blinding to the eyes. I pulled out my phone and took pictures until my phone died," said the passenger. Continue reading for a video titled "Top CIA Secrets of Area 51: Real Truth Behind".
Most bird strike accidents occur when there is a collision involving a winged animal and the windscreen. These cause annual damages that have been estimated at $400-million within the US alone, and up to $1.2-billion worldwide. In addition to property damage, collisions between man-made structures and conveyances and birds is a contributing factor, among many others, to the worldwide decline of many avian species. Click here to view more images of damage caused by bird strikes. Continue reading for two more videos.
Unlike other business jets, the $120-million Airbus Aerion AS2 is the world's first private supersonic jet, enabling passengers to travel between London and New York in just three hours, or from Los Angeles to Tokyo in a mere six. It has a top speed of 1,217 mph (Mach 1.5), which is a hair under the Concorde's 1,350 mph, using supersonic laminar flow technology. The carbon fiber wing design will allow for lighter fuel consumption and increased travel ranges by reducing aerodynamic drag by 20%. The cabin is designed to accommodate up to 12 passengers. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Why get a $699,000 supercar, when you could get the Batwing-inspired Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie personal fighter jet? This five-seat, propeller-driven aircraft was designed with three iPad-style screens that display the most essential information - flight duration left depending on fuel level, etc. The Valkyrie sports a smaller forewing near its nose, in front of the main wing, to help prevent mid-air stalls, making it a canard aircraft. It's powered by an aft propeller, paired with a turbocharged 350-horsepower engine, enabling it to achieve speeds in excess of 300 mph, making it the in its class. In addition to the one-piece canopy that provides an expansive 320° view, passengers will find Hermes craftsmen stitched premium leather seats and a minimalist dashboard. "Ten years ago, I had a vision to disrupt the aviation industry with an innovative private aircraft, that is not only technologically sound and safe, but also design-centric and luxurious. Today, Cobalt is no longer just a prototype. It's a world class aircraft, complete with advanced safety, technology, and modern design features for travel-loving consumers and aviation enthusiasts," said Cobalt CEO David Loury. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a new Force Awakens teaser with previously unseen footage.
For their latest stunt, the Jetman Dubai aerial aerobatics showcase their flying skills in a crazy video in which they keep pace with a massive Emirates A380. As you can see, the two-winged jetpack (powered by four Jet-Cat P200 jet engines) flyers swarm around the aircraft at about 1,200-meters as they swoop over Dubai, with the Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa as the backdrop. The daredevils fly at about 300kph over the plane and maneuver alongside its wings, falling into formation on either side before breaking away.Continue reading for two more videos of Yves "Jetman" Rossy, and more information.
The F-35 project has cost $3.5-billion thus far, and it's eight years late to boot, but the craft has finally fired its first shots (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system shots in the air. Approximately, three bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft's four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun, which is hidden behind closed doors to reduce its radar cross section until the trigger is pulled. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
The SAAB 35 Draken was basically a Mach 2.2 Swedish fighter aircraft manufactured between 1955-1974, and built to replace the J 29 Tunnan. The indigenous J 35 was an effective supersonic Cold War fighter that was also successfully exported to Austria, Denmark, Finland, and to the United States as a test pilot training aircraft. The Draken was the first fully supersonic aircraft to be deployed in Western Europe. Now, you can pick one up for $425,000. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information, including the product page.
For those who haven't been following Yves Rossy, is a Swiss pilot and aviation enthusiast, nicknamed "Jetman", best known for his "wingsuit", a individual jet pack which uses carbon-fiber wings for flight. A recent video showed Rossy flying once more over the gleaming emirate, accompanied by skydiver and BASE jumper Vince Reffet, who also had a jetpack strapped to him. He's previously soared over the English Channel, the Grand Canyon and Mount Fuji. Continue reading for for two more videos and additional information.
The NASA AD-1 was an experimental oblique wing aircraft associated with a special flight test program conducted between 1979 and 1982 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. The research team successfully demonstrated an aircraft wing that could be pivoted obliquely from zero to 60° during flight. It was flown a total of 79 times during the research program, which evaluated the basic pivot-wing concept and gathered information on handling qualities and aerodynamics at various speeds and degrees of pivot. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Designed and built by the now-defunct Swisscopter AG, the Dragonfly DF1 is a one-man helicopter that uses a pair of hydrogen peroxide fueled rockets attached to the tips of the rotors for power instead of a more conventional gas turbine engine. Weighing just 234-pounds, this helicopter can still carry a 500-pound load - pilot, fuel and cargo. The rockets enable it to achieve a top speed of 115mph and cruise at 40mph for up to 100-minutes with an extra fuel tank. Continue reading for another video and more information.