The North American X-15 is touted as the world's fastest rocket-powered aircraft. It set speed and altitude records in the 1960s, reaching the edge of outer space and returning with valuable data used in aircraft and spacecraft design. As of 2014, the X-15 holds the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft. Its maximum speed was 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h). Continue reading for more.
Flying first class now days equates to your own private suite, complete with lie-down bed and 5-course meals, but it might surprise you to know that this was already available back in the 1970s. You see when Boeing originally designed the 747 never expected that it becoming a cultural icon of the modern era. Commercial air travel in the 1970s was an affluent and social affair, with most airlines offering free coach lounges where passengers were able to stretch their legs, have a drink and network with their peers. You'll see in these photos: spacious cabins, comfortable lounge chairs and very neatly passengers, reminding us of the 'golden age' of commercial aviation free to stretch their legs, have a drink and network with their peers.
We've featured Etihad's The Residence before, but now the airline has released several new images, along with a video, that takes you inside the $20,000 (one way) luxury penthouse in the sky, aboard its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft. Once you step into the cabin, you're greeted with a 125-square-foot, three-room private suite, which comes complete with a Savoy-trained personal butler. Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of the United Arab Emirates' national airline, says: "For a three-room cabin, it's not overpriced. Effectively it's four times the price of a first class ticket, so that's double if you're traveling in a couple." Continue reading for a video, more images and additional information.
Hubsan's X4 H107C RC Quadcopter is currently being offered for just $64.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $130. An incredible quadcopter, so compact it can fit comfortably in your hand and fly on precision controlled exercises into the narrowest of nooks. The X4 features 4 formidable motors, which give you the versatility to perform expert takeoffs and vertical climbs. Product page. Continue reading for another video test and more information.
Hubsan X4 H107C RC quadcopter with HD 2MP Camera: Recording module.
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Aviation experts claim that the loud bangs heard around New York and the UK last night were from a type of experimental jet engine, the Aurora Project to be more specific. According to Dr Khandelwal, an engineering research associate from Sheffield, these sounds come from a pulse detonation engine: " It makes the same kind of pulsing sound as the one on this audio. When we run a test engine it's a real industrial noise and you can hear it for miles. We have people coming to us asking to make less noise or keep it to the daytime. The engine works by using the force from a series of explosions, caused by mixing a fuel mist and air intake, to thrust itself forward. It can theoretically power planes at five times the speed of sound." Continue reading for a video on the Aurora Project.
One internet user aboard an Air Canada flight to Vancouver heard a noise mid-flight, and then proceeded to see a screw come loose from the propeller before it headed straight into the window pane by his seat. In Skips_LegDay's own words: "So about halfway through my flight I heard a loud POP, looked out my window at a bolt that flew off the prop and broke through the outer pane." Once other passengers heard and saw what happened, they became frenzied. Fortunately, the plane landed safely. Continue reading for an up-close shot and more information.
The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American all-weather multirole fighter, and has been deployed for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. During these operations the F-15E has carried out deep strikes against high-value targets, combat air patrols, and providing close air support for coalition troops. This amazing video shows them flying through the Cascade Mountains. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a real-life Fruit Ninja.
The Jumbo Hostel in Sweden was one of the first plane to hotel conversions, but KLM brings a personal touch with their own version. Currently listed on Airbnb, this McDonnell Douglas MD-11 successfully charted 3,675 flights over its lifetime and now is a luxurious apartment, complete with "an open plan lounge room, study zone, master bedroom with a king size bed, second bedroom with two single beds, two fully equipped kitchens, 116 jet windows, eight tiny bathrooms and a panoramic cockpit." Continue reading for more images and information.
Spending $20,000 on a First Class Suite may sound luxurious, but it's definitely not as unique as this place. Opened in 2008, the Jumbo Hostel at Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, Sweden, is a hostel located inside a decommissioned 747-200 jetliner. The Jumbo Hostel has 27 rooms with three beds in each and its more expensive "cockpit suite" located on the upper deck. Altogether the hostel holds 79 beds. All rooms have a flat screen television where guests can watch the times of departure for all flights. Throughout the jetliner guests have access to wireless broadband. All rooms share a shower and toilet in the corridor, except for the cockpit suite and a single person room which features their own. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the amazing 11-year-old washing machine drummer.
We covered Nixie not too long ago, but here's yet another look at the world's first wearable camera drone. This portable gadget folds up and attaches to a wrist strap, and when the wearer wants it to start filming, they just have to press a button. The drone then unfolds and flies overhead, tracking their movements using motion sensors. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.