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Think of SkyRunner as both a dune buggy and plane, as it's capable of all-terrain driving and actual flight. The company designed this rugged vehicle to appeal to rescue teams and recreational enthusiasts, complete with its reflex paraglide wing technology that allows it to transform from car to aircraft in 3-minutes or less. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Have $40,000 (round trip between Abu Dhabi and London) burning a hole in your pocket and always wanted the private jet experience at first class suite prices? Etihad Airways "The Residence" is just for you. Located on the upper deck of the Airbus A380, the private cabins will accommodate up to two people and are described as "the world's most luxurious living space in the air", complete with a living room, separate double bedroom w/ensuite shower room and even the use of a personal butler trained by the Savoy Butler Academy in London. Official page. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Remote-controlled drones are one thing, this Airbus A380 is another. Swiss RC aircraft enthusiast Peter Michel unveiled a giant scale model Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 that's powered by four JetCat P120 jet turbines, delivering around 30 pounds of thrust each. It weighs in at a hefty 155-pounds and has almost the same power to weight ratio as its 1.2 million pound counterpart. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Here's an interesting look at Lockheed Martin's C-5 Galaxy, a gigantic military transport aircraft that provides the United States Air Force (USAF) with a heavy intercontinental-range strategic airlift capability. It can carry outsize and oversize cargos, including all air-certifiable cargo. The C-5 has been used for several unusual functions; during the development of the secretive stealth fighter, the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, Galaxies were often used to carry partly disassembled aircraft, leaving no exterior signs as to their cargo. Continue reading for more.

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Yes, what you're looking at above has not been Photoshopped, but is actually a real landing strip at Princess Juliana International Airport. The airport is perhaps best known for very low-altitude flyover landing approaches due to one end of its runway being extremely close to the shore and Maho Beach. Because the approach to Runway 09 is over water, pilots can become disoriented regarding their perceived altitude when operating under visual flight rules. Normal instrument checks, coupled with experience and situational awareness, mitigate potential problems. The departure from Runway 09 presents more "difficulties" than the approach, with a turn required to avoid mountains in the departure path. Continue reading for more.

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Macau-based web designer and developer Varun Thota has unveiled a new photo series, titled My Toy Plane. These creative photos basically show a perfectly placed hand guiding what looks like a toy airplane overhead in various locations. They also give viewers glimpses of urban life in Macau, Hong Kong, and other bustling cities in Asia. Click here to view the first image in this week's FAILS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a quadcopter flying through fireworks.

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Researchers at FareCompare conducted a number of studies proving "that the best time to buy airline tickets and shop for travel (domestically) is Tuesday at 3pm Eastern - yes shopping on Tuesday is the the best time to buy airline tickets, but be careful as most of these discounted airfare are pulled on Thursdays, so your probably paying too much if buying on the weekends." Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of what could quite possibly be the best sports interview yet.

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A new photo of a mysterious flying triangle over Kansas has surfaced, and it appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but some say that it's the rumored SR-72. There is another theory by The Aviationist, who speculates that the plane could be a RQ-180 stealth drone or a prototype of America's next generation long range strike bomber (LSRB). Continue reading for a video and more information.

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GoPro fans rejoice! Here is yet another awesome use for the action cam that involves speed and flying. Fighter Pilots are one of the most highly regarded positions in any air force. Selection processes only accept the elite out of all the potential candidates. An individual who possesses an exceptional academic record, physical fitness, healthy well-being, and a strong mental drive will have a higher chance of also exhibit reputable leadership and teamwork abilities. As such, in nearly all air forces, fighter pilots, as are pilots of most other aircraft, are commissioned officers. Continue reading for more.

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Sleek and slightly futuristic, the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey is a multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It's designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. The Osprey is the world's first production tiltrotor aircraft, with one three-bladed proprotor, turboprop engine, and transmission nacelle mounted on each wingtip. It is classified as a powered lift aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration. Continue reading for a fascinating video and more information.

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