Before the F-35B, there was Bell's X-22, an American V/STOL X-plane with four tilting ducted fans with takeoff occurring while the are either propellers tilted vertically upwards, or on a short runway with the nacelles tilted forward at approximately 45°. This craft was built to provide more insight into the tactical application of vertical takeoff troop transporters such as the preceding Hiller X-18 and the X-22 successor, the Bell XV-15. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Lockheed Martin's F-35C carrier variant (CV) is the US Navy's first stealth fighter, and the world's only 5th-Generation, long-range stealth strike fighter built explicitly for carrier operations. This aircraft combines the unique capability of operating from a carrier deck with the unmatched capabilities of stealth, fused sensors and reliability, making it the Navy's future first-day-of-the-war strike fighter. Continue reading for more cool facts.
This isn't a toy plane, just the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, an American prototype fighter aircraft conceived during World War II by McDonnell Aircraft. It was intended to be deployed from the bomb bay of the giant Convair B-36 bomber as a parasite fighter. The XF-85's intended role was to defend bombers from hostile interceptors, a need demonstrated during World War II. Two prototypes were constructed before the program was terminated. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Sure, the US Air Force may not have had the technology then (or now) to create a flying saucer capable of interstellar travel, but they did want to create something that could possibly mistaken for one back during the 1950s. Meet The Avro Canada VZ-9V Avrocar, proposed in the 1950s. This was a flying saucer in the true sense of the word, and used three turbojets to turn a central impeller which kept it airborne by providing downward thrust. A vane and shutter system allowed the aircraft to be maneuvered by venting thrust in any direction desired. It was capable of carrying two crew seated in separate enclosed cockpits on either side of the aircraft. Total diameter of the Avrocar was 18-feet, however it measured only 3.5-feet tall. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
The Northrop N-9M was a 'flying wing', a design developed by Jack Northrop, consisted of a steel tube center section which housed the pilot, though wood was used for a large part of the aircraft to reduce weight. Initially, the N-9M was powered by twin 290hp Menasco C65-1 engines, driving two-bladed propellers. The later N-9M-B model was upgraded to 400hp Franklin engines. The Northrop N-9M proved useful in helping to train XB-35 and XB-49 pilots however once the US Army canceled the XB-35 program all but the final (N-9M-B) aircraft were scrapped. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
The Rockwell B-1B Lancer - nicknamed "The Bone" - is basically a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered heavy strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF), with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. It carries the largest payload of both guided and unguided munitions in the entire USAF inventory. Continue reading for more cool facts.
Here's a first look at what could be the Concorde 2, with the design based on a patent awarded to Airbus in July. Unlike its supersonic predecessor, this plane will be able to achieve a maximum speed of Mach 4.5, meaning a journey from New York to London would take just one hour. How is this possible? Well, two turbo jets enable the aircraft to climb vertically at take-off, before retracting into the fuselage as it reaches the speed of sound. A rocket motor would then take it to an altitude of 100,000 feet, at which point the wing-mounted ramjets take control to push the jet to its final speed. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Halloween-ready quadcopter drone.
An alleged piece of F-117 Nighthawk stealth skin has just sold for a whopping $210. The 1999 F-117A shootdown was an incident that took place on March 27, 1999, during the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, (Operation Allied Force, Operation Noble Anvil), when an Army of Yugoslavia unit used a S-125 Neva/Pechora to down a Nighthawk stealth aircraft of the United States Air Force. The pilot ejected and was rescued by search and rescue forces. Continue reading for more pictures and information, along with the eBay listing page.
An aircraft carrier is essentially a warship that serves as a seagoing airbase, equipped with a full-length flight deck and facilities for carrying, arming, deploying, and recovering aircraft. They have evolved from converted cruisers to nuclear-powered warships that carry numerous fighter planes, strike aircraft, helicopters, and other types of aircraft. Sometimes, these aircraft have to make night landings, and these videos will show you exactly how crazy the process is. Continue reading for two more videos of the F/18 Hornet making night landings on a carrier.
The MH-53E Sea Dragon is the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military, it fills the United States Navy's need for long range minesweeping or Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM) missions, and perform heavy-lift duties. The helicopter has a cruise speed of 173 mph (278 km/h) and a range of 621 miles (1,000 km). This awesome video shows the massive helicopter performing a quick stop, or in other words, hitting the brakes and executing a maximum deceleration maneuver. Continue reading for two more videos of the MH-53E.