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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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IXION Jet

IXION's futuristic jet has no windows, as it uses external cameras to capture a full 360° panoramic view of the exterior of the plane, which is then adjusted for perspective and displayed on the cabin's display panels. In addition to the cool factor, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) says the lighter design is more practical since every 1% reduction in weight reduces fuel by 0.75%, saving money and reducing CO2 emissions. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider

First unveiled last year, Sikorsky's S-97 Raider helicopter has completed its first flight in West Palm Beach, Florida. Nicknamed "the Batmobile of the skies," it's designed to to be a multi-mission aircraft, capable of transporting six troops and external weapons, that will eventually replace the US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. The company anticipates the S-97 will be capable of cruise speeds of up to 276mph, thanks to its "compound-coaxial helicopter" design, meaning it has two rotors that turn in opposite directions on a central mast. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Saker S-1 Personal Jet

Forget private jets, the Saker S-1 is the aircraft to get if you have a spare $5-million laying around. The Saker S-1 Personal Jet is currently in production, set to hit the skies in 2019, and was inspired by military fighter jets. It can achieve speeds just shy of Mach 1 (Mach .99), and best of all, you won't need to attend military training to fly it, though normal you do need a pilot's license. For those wondering, yes, there's an optional ejection seat. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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92-Year-Old WW2 Female Pilot

For 92-year-old female ex-World War II pilot Joy Lofthouse, there's no better way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day than by flying through crystal-clear skies in a Spitfire fighter plane, just like the one she piloted in 1945 as a member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Solar-Powered Jet

Photo credit: Oscar Vinals via Laughing Squid

We have seen the future of jumbo jets, and it includes the Progress Eagle. Designed by Barcelona-based Oscar Vinals, the AWWA*QG "Progress Eagle" is powered by electrical turbo fans and generates power through solar panels and wind generators. The 800-passenger aircraft has a massive 314-foot wing span (Airbus A380 has 280-foot wingspan for comparison). He predicts that airlines will start using a similar design by 2030. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of music made with normal tools.

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MVP Aero Model 3 Seaplane

Everyone needs to escape from the daily drudges of life at some point, and what better way than with the MVP Aero Model 3? It's claimed to be the "most versatile plane" that takes you anywhere. This seaplane can touch down on land or water, and once parked, the canopy moves upwards and back on a 4-bar link to sit atop the engine pylon, thus freeing up the nose of the plane to resemble the front of a classic bass-type fishing boat. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Boeing X-51 WaveRider

The Boeing X-51 WaveRider is an unmanned scramjet aircraft for hypersonic (Mach 6, approximately 4,000 miles per hour at altitude) flight testing. It completed a 6-minute flight and reached speeds of over Mach 5 for 210 seconds on May 1, 2013 for the longest duration hypersonic flight. The aircraft has been nicknamed "WaveRider" because it uses its shock waves to add compression lift. Continue reading for more information.

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