Priced from $185000 USD, the amphibious ICON A5 is a 1510-pound craft that boasts a 100 bhp Rotax 912 iS petrol engine, giving it a top speed of 120mph and a range of 345 miles. Its 10.36m wings are not only foldable for easy towing, they easily fit in a normal-sized garage, while the engine runs on both regular petrol and aviation fuel. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
The Pal-V One helicopter motorcycle is essentially a two-seat hybrid car and gyrocopter that just went on sale today. At $395,999, it's both road and air legal, capable of reaching speeds of up to 112mph and goes from 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds when driven on the road. Continue reading for a video, more information and the product page.
AVX has just unveiled a futuristic super helicopter that's set to win a $100-billion contract from the Pentagon. Unlike its predecessors, it uses two rotors to create lift, while fans propel it forward to reach 270mph. That's not all, the superchopper also has retractable landing gear and the attack variant carries all armaments stored inside until needed which provides a 'clean' aerodynamic design. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The Mikoyan MiG-31 is basically a supersonic interceptor aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 "Foxbat". Like the MiG-25, MiG-31 is a large twin-engine aircraft with side-mounted air intakes, a shoulder-mounted wing with an aspect ratio of 2.94, and twin vertical tailfins. Unlike the MiG-25, it has two seats, with the rear occupied by a dedicated weapon systems officer. Continue reading for more.
The Airbus A350 XWB is a family of long-range, two-engined wide-body jet airliners and the first Airbus with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. It can carry 250 to 350 passengers in a typical three-class seating layout, or maximum seating of 440 to 550 passengers, depending on variant. This plane is often considered a direct competitor to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Continue reading for more.
Since the appearance of the B-2 Spirit flying wing stealth bomber in the 1990s, its similarities in role and shape to the Ho 229 has led many to retrospectively describe the Ho 229 as "the first stealth bomber". A static reproduction of the only surviving Ho 229 prototype, the Ho 229 V3, in American hands since the end of World War II was later tested by the U.S. military who found the basic shape, paint and laminating adhesive composition of the mockup copy would provide for 37% reduction in detection range against the Chain Home radar of the 1940s. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very intelligent dog who frees itself and friends from cages.
Juliane Koepcke was a German Peruvian high school senior student studying in Lima, who dreamed of becoming a zoologist, like her parents. She and her mother, ornithologist Maria Koepcke, were traveling to meet with her father, biologist Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke, who was working in the city of Pucallpa. Unfortunately, the airplane was struck by lightning during a severe thunderstorm and broke up in mid-air, disintegrating at 3.2 km (10,000 ft). Koepcke, who was seventeen years old at the time, fell to earth still strapped into her seat. She survived the fall with only a broken collarbone, a gash to her right arm, and her right eye swollen shut. With her eyeglasses lost and one eye swollen shut, she struggled to no avail. She later found out her mother had initially survived the crash as well, but died several days later due to her injuries. Continue reading to see how she looks now.
Reddit isn't just awesome for random internet goodness, but also useful information as well. For example, a recent Q&A asked pilots and flight attendants what they thought flyers should know, and here are some of the best responses. Starting off, did you know that pilots actually sleep in the cockpit? That's right, according to former airline captain John Greaves: "Do pilots sleep in there? Definitely. Sometimes it's just a ten-minute catnap." Continue reading for more.
A man from China purchased a refundable first-class ticket aboard China Eastern Airlines that came with a complimentary meal at the airline's VIP lounge approximately 1-year ago. Every day since the purchase (after eating his meal), the man would then reschedule his flight for the following day. Then he'd return to the airport, eat, change his flight and go home. Eventually, China Eastern Airlines caught on to the man's ruse and confronted him. This was after officials noticed that his ticket had been canceled and re-booked an incredible 300 times over the course of one year. Since the ticket was fully refundable, the man was able to turn it in and get all his money back. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a great white shark attacking an inflatable boat.
Drones are usually used for surveillance purposes, but the video you're about to see shows just how destructive they can be. The tests, conducted at the US Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, California, show the Brimstone-equipped MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) scoring 9 direct hits against stationary and maneuvering targets traveling at speeds as fast as 70mph, while launching from up to 7-miles away at altitudes as high as 20,000 feet. Continue reading for the clip and more information.