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ICON A5 Plane

The problem with most private planes is they require storage at an airfield, but ICON Aircraft's A5, aims to change that. At $190,000, less than half the cost of a new Lamborghini Aventador, this 2-seat aircraft is powered by a Rotax 912 engine that generates 100-horsepower to a single propeller located behind the cockpit, good for a top speed of 109 miles per hour and maximum altitude of 15,000. It's versatile enough to dock and take off from the water, with a 400-mile flight range. You'll only need a sport pilot license, and 20 hours of training to start enjoying your new toy. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what happens when you place a light bulb in liquid nitrogen.

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Colbalt Valkyrie

The ultra wealthy will soon have yet another toy to add to their stable, and it's the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie personal aircraft. Cobalt's inaugural model has a top speed of 299mph, making it the fastest production-model single-engine piston plane yet. Thanks to the aircraft's canard design, you won't have to worry about it stalling in the air, while the engine placement at the rear reduces cabin noise. Each plane will be certified individually after it is built, and the introductory price is about $700,000. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of an invisible driver prank in a Tesla Model S.

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Kyoto Airship

Unlike other private jets, the Embraer Kyoto Airship - based on the Embraer Lineage 1000E aircraft - includes ubiquitous body-length windows that arch 180° around the fuselage, providing plenty of natural light, as well as a lounge-style layout. You'll also find a spa-inspired bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom suite, and a cutting edge entertainment system. Continue reading for more private jets that take luxury to the next level.

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Airbus H160 VIP

Billionaires of the world have a new toy they can add to their stable: the Airbus H160 VIP. At $22-million, it's the world's first all-composite civil helicopter with a range of 500 miles. It's powered by two Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines that generate 1,300 shaft horsepower, enabling the aircraft to cruise at speeds of up to 185mph. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Lilium Personal Aircraft

Forget electric cars, and say hello to Lilium's electric creation. This two-seater vehicle is designed for personal use, and is the "world's first ultralight vertical takeoff and landing aircraft created for personal use." It's made to launch vertically, so runways aren't required, enabling owners to lift off from just about anywhere, like rooftops, or even a backyard. The personal aircraft can travel at nearly 250mph, with a range of 310-miles. Click here to view the first picture in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the most dangerous stretch of water in the world.

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Boeing 737 Chair

Photo credit: Fallen Furniture

Aviation enthusiasts rejoice! The 737 Cowling Chair by Fallen Furniture, is made from a real Boeing engine cowling that measures 2m by 2m. The chair sits atop a highly polished aluminum base, which also enables one to spin it effortlessly on its axis. Inside the cowling, you'll find plush black leather that complements the shiny shell quite nicely. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Windowless Plane

Here's another look at IXION, a futuristic windowless plane that uses external cameras to capture a full 360° panoramic view of the exterior. These images are then automatically adjusted for perspective and displayed on the cabin's interior display panels that span the entire cabin, providing the illusion of transparency. Solar panels on the frame ensure that everything is powered in case of emergency. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to make your own LED shoes.

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Travolta Airport Home

John Travolta is not only a successful actor, but also a certified private pilot who owns five aircraft, so it's no surprise that he owns a home in Florida with two runways. "We designed the house for the jets and to have at our access the world at a moment's notice, and we succeeded at that. For the last 11 years, we've been able to globe-trot for Qantas and movies...I've been really able to operate out of this house for business and personal reasons," said the actor. Travolta has been a Qantas "ambassador-at-large" since 2002 and keeps his personal Qantas Boeing 707 parked in the front yard, just a 10-minute flight from Orlando. Continue reading for more fascinating pictures from around the web.

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Gimbal Fighter Jet

Photo credit: Peta Pixel

The GSS 520 5-axis gimbal is not something you'll see photographers, even professionals, use out in the field, as it was specifically designed to work at "high velocity". In other words, it works perfectly when strapped, along with a Red Dragon 6K camera and Canon 30-300mm lens, to the side of a Saab Defence fighter jet at 2.5 Gs in -20°C temperatures. The picture was transmitted via the Paralinx Tomahawk HD inside the cockpit to a Atomos 7 recorder and monitor. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for an unedited viral video of high school life in 1994.

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Savage Bobber Plane

For those who love tuning motorcycles and / or cars, the Savage Bobber is plane you'll probably want to check out. This light aircraft can be customized any way you want, such as changing the engine color / open fuselage, type of luggage holder, seat styles, propeller designs, engine modifications, instrument panels, and lots more. Best of all, each one includes 10-hours of ground school plus 5-hours of flight training with the company's factory trained CFIs. Continue reading for two more videos and information.

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