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Tesla Model X 787

The Tesla Model X P100D towed a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner down a taxiway at Melbourne airport on Monday morning almost 300 meters. According to Qantas, it was the first time in history an electric passenger vehicle has towed a passenger plane, and Tesla even received a Guinness World Record for heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle. The long-term goal of this test is the eventual widespread use of electric vehicles to help airlines cut down on their emissions on the runway. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Uber Flying Car

Uber unveiled its newest flying car concept today at its second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, as the company aims to launch an aerial taxi service by 2023. This plane and helicopter hybrid boasts four retractable stacked rotors for lift, and afifth rotor on the tail to enable forward propulsion. If one fails, the others will continue operation to ensure a safe landing. Continue reading for one more picture and additional information.

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NASA Lockheed Martin X-Plane

We've heard quite a bit about NASA's X-Plane over the years, but now it's official, the agency has commissioned the $247.5 million project to Lockheed Martin's top secret Skunk Works division. Just to recap, it will be able to travel at supersonic speeds, without the boom, thanks to its uniquely-shaped hull, which sends the shockwaves away from the jet and prevents them from colliding. The proposed aircraft measures 94-feet long and has a wingspan of 29.5 feet. The first delivery is set for 2021. Continue reading for another video from the press conference and more information.

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NASA X-Plane

NASA has teamed up with Lockheed Martin to build the X-Plane, a Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) aircraft that will be able to exceed the speed of sound, but without the sonic boom. Once completed, passengers will be able to fly from New York to Paris in just 3.5-hours. "A sonic boom happens because the air doesn't know the airplane is coming," said Peter Coen, manager for the Commercial Supersonic Technology Project in NASA's aeronautics mission directorate. The agency expects the first delivery by the end of 2021. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of 6 drink chiller gadgets being put to the test.

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AirisOne Personal Aircraft

Let's face it, we'll eventually see flying cars in the skies, whether they be manually controlled or with autonomous technologies, and Airis Aerospace's AirisOne could be one of them. This all-electric, quad-winged aircraft is designed to carry up to 5 adults comfortably, and comes equipped with advanced avionics systems for autonomous navigation. Dual co-axial lift fans are used for vertical take-off / landing, while a series of eight articulating thrusters boost it up to 175 mph. When fully charged, expect a 200 mile range. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL Flying Car

The AeroMobil 5.0 VTOL flying car has seemingly been in development for years, or at least its predecessors, but this newest version has a four-seat interior and an autonomous flight mode, complete with an all-electric drivetrain. That's right, it features two electrically driven wing-mounted rotors, and a rear-mounted pusher propeller for forward thrust. Its wings provide maximum efficiency in flight, while the two rear tails provide enhanced flight control and stability. You can expect to see this model shortly after the AeroMobil 4.0 STOL is launched in 2020. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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U-2 Spy Plane Northern Lights

Photo credit: Ross Franquemont via Peta Pixel

U-2 spy plane pilot and photographer Ross Franquemont managed to capture the Aurora Borealis from the cockpit of this marvelous aircraft at 70,000 feet, and the ensuing images are breathtaking to say the least. He's mainly based out of Beale Air Force Base in California, but his most recent project took him out to the UK, and the rest is history. "I had no idea how fast the aurora moved and changed. It danced around, changing shape several times a second. That made it a challenge for the photographer in a spacesuit sitting in shaking metal can moving 500 mph," said Franquemont to The Aviationist. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Kitty Hawk Cora

Google co-founder Larry Page backed flying car startup Kitty Hawk has revealed Cora, a pilotless flying-taxi. This all-electric aircraft uses 12 fans to take off / land vertically, and once in the air, it uses a single propeller to maneuver, all the while carrying two passengers comfortably. When fully charged, it has a range of about 62-miles, and a top speed of 110 mph. In case of a catastrophic power failure, the plane comes equipped with a parachute. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a metal waterfall.

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Amelia Earhart Leica Camera

Amelia Mary Earhart, born July 24, 1897 and disappeared July 2, 1937, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as being known for writing best-selling books about her flying experiences. She was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots, and now, her personal Leica camera could be yours, if the price is right. "I'm selling Amelia Earhart's camera which was gifted by her to a family member in 1933 after returning back from a trip to Chicago with her husband. The camera has been in my family possession since that time and has been in long term storage, the camera appears to be working correctly. The hand signed card was personally signed by Amelia and given to my grandfather, along with the camera by Amelia Earhart back in 1933 in Rye, New York," said the seller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Pal-V Liberty Flying Car

The PAL-V Liberty is touted as the "world's first commercially available flying car," and it has made its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Priced from $399K ($599K for Pioneer model), this two-seater features a tricycle-inspired gyrocopter design and a roof-mounted rotor that unfolds at the push of a button, while power comes from dual engines - one for the road and one for flying. It's currently certified to fly under the rules of both the EASA in Europe and the FAA in the US. One caveat: a pilot's license is required to fly the PAL-V Liberty, which means take off / landing must be at an airfield or airstrip. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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