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U-2 Spy Plane Northern Lights

Photo credit: Ross Franquemont via Peta Pixel

U-2 spy plane pilot and photographer Ross Franquemont managed to capture the Aurora Borealis from the cockpit of this marvelous aircraft at 70,000 feet, and the ensuing images are breathtaking to say the least. He's mainly based out of Beale Air Force Base in California, but his most recent project took him out to the UK, and the rest is history. "I had no idea how fast the aurora moved and changed. It danced around, changing shape several times a second. That made it a challenge for the photographer in a spacesuit sitting in shaking metal can moving 500 mph," said Franquemont to The Aviationist. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Kitty Hawk Cora

Google co-founder Larry Page backed flying car startup Kitty Hawk has revealed Cora, a pilotless flying-taxi. This all-electric aircraft uses 12 fans to take off / land vertically, and once in the air, it uses a single propeller to maneuver, all the while carrying two passengers comfortably. When fully charged, it has a range of about 62-miles, and a top speed of 110 mph. In case of a catastrophic power failure, the plane comes equipped with a parachute. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a metal waterfall.

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Amelia Earhart Leica Camera

Amelia Mary Earhart, born July 24, 1897 and disappeared July 2, 1937, was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as being known for writing best-selling books about her flying experiences. She was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots, and now, her personal Leica camera could be yours, if the price is right. "I'm selling Amelia Earhart's camera which was gifted by her to a family member in 1933 after returning back from a trip to Chicago with her husband. The camera has been in my family possession since that time and has been in long term storage, the camera appears to be working correctly. The hand signed card was personally signed by Amelia and given to my grandfather, along with the camera by Amelia Earhart back in 1933 in Rye, New York," said the seller. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Pal-V Liberty Flying Car

The PAL-V Liberty is touted as the "world's first commercially available flying car," and it has made its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Priced from $399K ($599K for Pioneer model), this two-seater features a tricycle-inspired gyrocopter design and a roof-mounted rotor that unfolds at the push of a button, while power comes from dual engines - one for the road and one for flying. It's currently certified to fly under the rules of both the EASA in Europe and the FAA in the US. One caveat: a pilot's license is required to fly the PAL-V Liberty, which means take off / landing must be at an airfield or airstrip. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Airbus Flying Taxi

The Airbus Vahana is a prototype flying car / taxi that has just completed its first test flight at an airport in Oregon. This Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft boasts wings and tail sections that rotate from vertical to horizontal. Vahana measures 20 feet long and almost 19 feet wide, while offering a projected battery range of 62 miles. You'll be able to take off and land in small areas such as parking lots or even the rook of a skyscraper. Despite hovering for just a minute in the test, Vahana aims to bring its autonomous flying car to market by 2020. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of glass potato chips.

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HSP Magnavem

There's jumbo jets, super jumbo jets, and then the HSP Magnavem. Unlike other planes, this one comes equipped with a Compact Fusion Reactor (CFR-Portable) that powers the hybrid engines. Thanks to a combination of several technologies, including graphene, superconductors, magnetic monopole devices, and new plasma accelerators systems, it's capable of taking off and landing on an 800m runway. Inside, you'll find a 2 deck layout with a 500 passenger capacity, complete with a Super Tourist Class that can accommodate up to 360 people. As for speed, it can reach a top speed of Mach 1.5, and with zero emissions Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to power a house using a ShakeWeight.

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NASA

NASA successfully tested a new technology in flight that enables aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series took place at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in California and was part of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project (SAW), a project that aims to validate the use of a cutting-edge, lightweight material to be able to fold the outer portions of aircraft wings and their control surfaces to optimal angles in flight. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Short Story Dispenser

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There's nothing new or special about airports, but once in a while, you'll come across something that catches your eye, like this "Short Story Dispenser". Simply put, the top of this dispenser sports three shiny metallic buttons labeled "1 min.," "3 min." and "5 min," and after pressing the button for the length of story you want, an original short story is printed on a receipt-like piece of paper within moments. Continue reading for more unusual things spotted at airports.

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Boeing Hypersonic Plane


Boeing has developed a hypersonic plane that could theoretically circle the globe in just 3-hours, as it's designed to use its own shockwaves to increase its speed, and could herald a new era of flight. More specifically, this "waverider" style aircraft uses the shockwaves to hit speeds of Mach 5 or higher. The development of this hypersonic plane could also change the way we engage in warfare since it would only take minutes to identify targets and prepare a defense. As a passenger plane you would be able to travel across the Atlantic in 1-hour, and anywhere across the Pacific in two hours at twice the speed of the Concorde. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of ten hidden tricks that every iPhone user should know.

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EHANG 814 Manned Drone

The Ehang 184 has gone through a multitude of tests these past few months, 1,000 test flights with human passengers to be more specific, and they included a 984-foot vertical climb while carrying over 500-pounds. Their most recent test flight covered 9.3-miles that saw the manned drone reach a top speed of 80.7 mph. For added safety, the team also tested it under high heat, heavy fog, night tests, and even a Category 7 typhoon with gale-force winds. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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