IXION's futuristic jet has no windows, as it uses external cameras to capture a full 360° panoramic view of the exterior of the plane, which is then adjusted for perspective and displayed on the cabin's display panels. In addition to the cool factor, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) says the lighter design is more practical since every 1% reduction in weight reduces fuel by 0.75%, saving money and reducing CO2 emissions. Continue reading for a video and more information.
First unveiled last year, Sikorsky's S-97 Raider helicopter has completed its first flight in West Palm Beach, Florida. Nicknamed "the Batmobile of the skies," it's designed to to be a multi-mission aircraft, capable of transporting six troops and external weapons, that will eventually replace the US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter. The company anticipates the S-97 will be capable of cruise speeds of up to 276mph, thanks to its "compound-coaxial helicopter" design, meaning it has two rotors that turn in opposite directions on a central mast. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
Forget private jets, the Saker S-1 is the aircraft to get if you have a spare $5-million laying around. The Saker S-1 Personal Jet is currently in production, set to hit the skies in 2019, and was inspired by military fighter jets. It can achieve speeds just shy of Mach 1 (Mach .99), and best of all, you won't need to attend military training to fly it, though normal you do need a pilot's license. For those wondering, yes, there's an optional ejection seat. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
For 92-year-old female ex-World War II pilot Joy Lofthouse, there's no better way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day than by flying through crystal-clear skies in a Spitfire fighter plane, just like the one she piloted in 1945 as a member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary. Continue reading for a video and more information.
We have seen the future of jumbo jets, and it includes the Progress Eagle. Designed by Barcelona-based Oscar Vinals, the AWWA*QG "Progress Eagle" is powered by electrical turbo fans and generates power through solar panels and wind generators. The 800-passenger aircraft has a massive 314-foot wing span (Airbus A380 has 280-foot wingspan for comparison). He predicts that airlines will start using a similar design by 2030. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of music made with normal tools.
Everyone needs to escape from the daily drudges of life at some point, and what better way than with the MVP Aero Model 3? It's claimed to be the "most versatile plane" that takes you anywhere. This seaplane can touch down on land or water, and once parked, the canopy moves upwards and back on a 4-bar link to sit atop the engine pylon, thus freeing up the nose of the plane to resemble the front of a classic bass-type fishing boat. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
The Boeing X-51 WaveRider is an unmanned scramjet aircraft for hypersonic (Mach 6, approximately 4,000 miles per hour at altitude) flight testing. It completed a 6-minute flight and reached speeds of over Mach 5 for 210 seconds on May 1, 2013 for the longest duration hypersonic flight. The aircraft has been nicknamed "WaveRider" because it uses its shock waves to add compression lift. Continue reading for more information.
The Rockwell-Boeing B-1B Lancer is basically a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered heavy strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF). It's primarily a low-level penetrator with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Next-Generation Bomber to start supplementing the B-1B in the 2020s. Continue reading for three videos and more information.
When is a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner not just a plane that takes passengers on long haul international routes? When it's painted to look like R2-D2 from the Star Wars universe. A newly released video shows the nose of the plane decorated with R2-D2's signature blue and white stripes, along with its various ports. This specially designed jet marks the start of a 5-year All Nippon Airways "Star Wars" project, which is set to include "a range of novel initiatives." It's been approved for international routes. Continue reading for the video and more pictures.
There are first class airline suites, and now the Bell 525 Relentless. This super-medium helicopter has many practical uses, including firefighting, rescue missions, and first-class transportation. Above, we see one of the many possible configurations, decking out the 88-square-foot cabin interior with lots of gold accents. The flight deck boasts several touchscreen displays, which are designed to minimize the hand and eye movements a pilot must use to control the vehicle, reducing fatigue during long flights. Continue reading for a video of the base model, more pictures and additional information.