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China J-20

Two of China's secretive J-20 stealth fighters swept over a large crowd at the Zhuhai Air Show Tuesday. The fighters were not officially listed on the schedule and appeared in the sky just after an aerobatics show by the People's Liberation Army Air Force. After screeching into the sky as a pair at low-level, one of the J-20s quickly disappeared over the horizon, leaving the other to perform a series of turns, revealing its delta wing shape against bright sub-tropical haze. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Valkyrie Private Plane Rose Gold


For $1.5-million, you could either buy a new hypercar or a Colbalt Valkyrie-X Rose Gold private jet. It's built in California, and currently one of the fastest piston aircraft in the world, equipped with a 350-horsepower engine that propels it at speeds up to 230 mph, with a range of 1,150 land miles. The shell is made from carbon composite, with precision controls and solid stainless steel and aluminum alloys for the retractable landing gear, to keep things light. You also get hand-stitched cream leather seats and the largest one-piece canopy in the world for breathtaking panoramic views of the sky. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why you should never try to drive your car off a tow truck after it's been hooked in.

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B-2 Stealth Bomber

Northrop Grumman's B-2 Spirit, also known as the Stealth Bomber, features low observable stealth technology designed for penetrating dense anti-aircraft defenses; it is a flying wing design with a crew of two. The bomber can deploy both conventional and thermonuclear weapons, such as eighty 500 lb (230 kg)-class (Mk 82) JDAM Global Positioning System-guided bombs, or sixteen 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) B83 nuclear bombs. Continue reading for more interesting facts about the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Lockheed U-2

Lockheed's U-2, also known as "Dragon Lady", is a single-jet engine reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, ultra high-altitude (70,000-feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. It has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes. Continue reading for more cool facts about the U-2. Click here for a few bonus images.

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NASA Super Guppy

The The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy, operated by NASA, is a large, wide-bodied cargo aircraft that is used for hauling oversized cargo components. It was the successor to the Pregnant Guppy, the first of the Guppy aircraft produced by Aero Spacelines, which in turn was named for its resemblance to a pregnant guppy. A total of five examples were built in two variants, both of which were colloquially referred to as the "Super Guppy". Continue reading for five more cool facts you may not have known about this aircraft. Click here for a few bonus images of the Super Guppy.

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Flying Airplane 1960s 1970s

First class suites sound nice, but air travel has come a long way since the 1950s - 1970s, and some even consider this period the Golden Age. With commercial flights being a new market, airlines struggled to top each other by offering the fanciest of meals, such as TWA's "full meal" to be served in-flight: soup, meat, salad, vegetables and dessert, complete with real glassware as well as a main lobster entree. Flying was so rare that passengers were given postcards during boarding with pictures of the plane or in-flight meal, to show their loved ones what the experience was like. "The tradition at the time was that you would use your in-flight time to write people you knew on the ground, describing your flight," said historian Guillaume de Syon. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery.

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Amelia A7 Fighter Jet

Created by product designer Juan Garcia Mansilla, the Amelia-7 (A7) Fighter Jet was inspired by the props seen in the Captain America movie. Daniel Simon, the film's prop designer, specialized in creating historically accurate props that combined classic design with modern touches, and that really sparked the interest of Mansilla. Continue reading for more pictures.

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747 Pilot Picture

Photo credit: Christiaan van Heijst

Boeing 747 pilot Christiaan van Heijst makes perfect use of downtime while in the sky by capturing stunning scenes unlike any you see on the ground, with a Nikon D800, like the storm above. "From an early age on I have found great joy in capturing the beauty of natural light in all its forms. Later on, I combined that with flying and a new passion emerged. Seeing the entire world in my job, I feel privileged to be in a position to capture many different parts of the planet through my camera and immortalize the beauty of the places I visit," said Heijst. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters and funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an absolutely insane mountain bike course.

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CriCri Smallest Plane

The Colomban Cri-Cri may not sound like anything special, but it is currently the world's smallest twin-engined manned aircraft, designed in the early 1970s by French aeronautical engineer Michel Colomban. It features a cantilever low-wing, a single-seat enclosed cockpit under a bubble canopy, fixed tricycle landing gear and twin engines mounted on pylons to the nose of the aircraft in tractor configuration. Click here for more images of the CriCri. Continue reading for another flight test video.

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F-15 Cannon


The F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) to gain and maintain air supremacy in aerial combat. The Eagle can be armed with combinations of four different air-to-air weapons: AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles or AIM-120 AMRAAM advanced medium range air-to-air missiles on its lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder or AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles on two pylons under the wings, and an internal 20 millimetres M61 Vulcan Gatling gun in the right wing root. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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