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Crew Compartment Jet

For those who have been on long-haul international flights, you may think flight attendants rest by just catching a few winks in the back, but in reality, they have their very own sleeping quarters. These secreat areas are often hidden in a compartment at the top of the plane, or a sealed off section in the same main cabin. On at least one configuration of Cathay Pacific's 777-300ER, there's a secret staircase at the rear of the plane that leads up to the area, which itself is tunnel like. Surprisingly enough, it comfortably sleeps up to eight flight staff at once. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.

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Jet Engine Espresso Machine

Engineer Paolo Mastrogiuseppe is known for his Formula 1-inspired creations, and for his latest product, he's designed an espresso machine that looks just like a miniature jet engine, called the "Aviatore Veloce." Capable of brewing espresso and tea through a high pressure system, this 61-pound machine is made from aviation grade aluminum alloy, stainless steel, and aluminum bronze. It's a lot easier to use than it looks, as operation requires one to just slide open the back, pour in purified water, drop ground coffee / tea into the filter, slide the machine shut, and choose between a small or medium cup. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus latte art images.

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2050 Plane

H/T: APH

We have seen the future of commercial jets, and they include this futuristic blended wing "2050" design, with enough space for up to 1,000 passengers. There would be very few windows, thanks to transparent LCDs that let you view the scenery outside via cameras or just watch films / listen to music using the in-flight entertainment system. However, instead of the traditional touchscreen display, you'll have integrated virtual reality headsets for a fully immersive 3D experience. What's even cooler is that the visors automatically fold away on takeoff and landing. This aircraft would run on low-emission biofuels and be propelled by clusters of electric fans powered by small engines. 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 terrifying magnetic darts.

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Ahrlac

Story credit: The Daily Mail

AHRLAC may appear to be some type of drone at first, but it's actually a "High Performance Reconnaissance and Light Attack Aircraft" by South Africa's Paramount Group. This high-wing aircraft, capable of achieving 310mph, features stadium seating for the pilot and sensor operator. This plane can will be strapped weapons and use Boeing's mission systems during combat, which enables it to respond to low-intensity conflicts. Click here for more pictures of the AHRLAC. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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MVP Aero Model 3

Finally, the MVP Aero Model 3 is moving closer to production, as evidenced by the prototype you see above. This is basically a boat, plane and camper in one, complete with a canopy that quickly slides back on a 4-bar link to sit atop the engine pylon, thus freeing up the nose, and slightly resembling the front of a classic bass-type fishing boat. When not taking to the skies, its 100-horsepower engine and outboard motor can be used to navigate the waterways, or turned off when resting in the hammock. Prices are expected to begin at $189,000. 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 a new sport that has you flying underwater.

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Sukhoi T-4

The Sukhoi T-4 was a Soviet high-speed Reconnaissance, anti-ship and strategic bomber aircraft that did not proceed beyond the prototype stage. The T-4 had intake ramps similar to the XB-70, was made largely from titanium and stainless steel, and featured a quadruple redundant fly-by-wire control system but also employed a mechanical system as a backup. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman has released never-before-seen footage of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. This aircraft can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb B83 nuclear bombs. The B-2 is the only acknowledged aircraft that can carry large air-to-surface standoff weapons in a stealth configuration, and capable of all-altitude attack missions up to 50,000 feet, with a range of more than 6,000 nautical miles on internal fuel - over 10,000 nautical miles with one midair refueling. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including showing why "Robots Lives Matter".

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Northrop Grumman Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman has just won the contract to produce the next-generation stealth bomber, and while technical specifications weren't announced, we do know that each unit will cost a minimum of $564-million. Other known details include: the aircraft package consists of engines and sub-systems, with Initial Operational Capability set for 2025. Continue reading for a video of the concept in action, and more information.

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AH-1Z Viper Helicopter

The Bell AH-1Z Viper is a twin-engine attack helicopter based on the AH-1W SuperCobra, that was developed for the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The AH-1Z features a four-blade, bearingless, composite main rotor system, uprated transmission, and a new target sighting system. It incorporates new rotor technology with upgraded military avionics, weapons systems, and electro-optical sensors in an integrated weapons platform. It has improved survivability and can find targets at longer ranges and attack them with precision weapons. The Z-model's integrated avionics system (IAS) has been developed by Northrop Grumman. The system includes two mission computers and an automatic flight control system. Each crew station has two 8 x 6-inch multifunction liquid crystal displays (LCD) and one 4.2 x 4.2-inch dual function LCD display. Continue reading for more. Click here for more pictures of the AH-1Z.

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FlyShip

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the FlyShip? Yes, this hybrid craft can not only hover just above the water, but is also capable of reaching speeds over 155mph (250km/h) in the sky. It has a 100 passenger capacity, with cabin space spanning an area of 1,500 square ft. The FlyShip hovers above land and water by creating a cushion of air under the 'reversed delta wings', propelling it from the ground. A three crew team is enough to keep everything running, as it consumes just 270 liters of fuel every hour, compared to jet liners which consume up to 3,300 liters per hour. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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