Long before the B-2 Stealth Bomber, there was the Horten Ho 229 (H.IX), a German prototype fighter designed by Reimar and Walter Horten and built by Gothaer Waggonfabrik late in World War II. The aircraft was the first pure flying wing powered by jet engines. The design was a response to Hermann Goring's call for light bomber designs capable of meeting the "3x1000" requirement; namely to carry 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lb) of bombs a distance of 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) with a speed of 1,000 kilometres per hour (620 mph). Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
The MVP Aero is touted as "the world's most versatile amphibious plane," and we'd have to agree. This machine can not only take to the skies, but also touch down on land or water. Once you're safely landed, the canopy moves up and back on a 4-bar link to sit atop the engine pylon, thus freeing up the nose of the plane. You know what that means...fishing time. Or, you can use the craft's 100hp engine and outboard motor to navigate back to land to use it as as a camper for the night. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including what happens when puppies meet the new BB-8 Droid.
Lockheed Have Blue HB1001 / HB1002 was basically the code name for the company's prototype aircraft that preceded the F-117 Nighthawk. Designed by Lockheed's Skunk Works division, and tested at Groom Lake, Nevada, the Have Blue was the first fixed-wing aircraft made from an electrical engineering (rather than an aerospace engineering) perspective. The aircraft's plate-like, faceted shape was designed to deflect electromagnetic waves in directions other than that of the originating radar emitter, greatly reducing its radar cross-section. Two flyable vehicles were constructed, but both crashed during the flight-test program. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack is a variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. It currently holds the titles of the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep aircraft built. Only the North American XB-70 Valkyrie had higher empty weight and maximum speed. The Tu-160 has the heaviest take off weight of any military aircraft besides transports. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The MiG-29 is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union, first entering service with the Soviet Air Force in 1983. While originally oriented towards combat against any enemy aircraft, many MiG-29s have been furnished as multirole fighters capable of performing a number of different operations, and are commonly outfitted to use a range of air-to-surface armaments and precision munitions. These days, civilians can pay to ride a MiG-29 Fulcrum to the edge of space. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The TriFan 600 VTOL by Denver, Colorado-based XTI Aircraft looks like a small jet, but it utilizes three-ducted fans to takeoff and land vertically from heliport-sized areas. In just seconds, the six-passenger (5 + 1 pilot) aircraft's two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to high-speed flight. It reaching a maximum 400mph cruising speed at 30,000-feet in 90-seconds and can travel up to 1,200-miles without refueling. "We fully expect that investors, especially crowdfunders and those with an interest in aviation, will be drawn to the idea of having their own 'Kitty Hawk' moment by being part of a truly new aircraft program that will change flight as we know it,' said XTI. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including one of an awesome transforming Optimus Prime Transformers birthday cake.
The Chengdu J-20 is a stealth, twin-engine fifth-generation fighter aircraft prototype being developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). It completed its first flight on January 11, 2011, and is expected to be operational in 2018. However, sightings of this elusive aircraft remain far and wide. The platform has the potential to be a capable, long-range strike system in the Asia-Pacific region. Continue reading for more interesting facts.
The Sukhoi T-50, designed for the PAK FA program, is a stealthy, single-seat, twin-engine jet fighter, and is the first operational aircraft in Russian service to use stealth technology. This fighter specializes in air superiority and attack roles, thanks to its supercruise, stealth, super-maneuverability, and advanced avionics. Continue reading for more cool facts.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is currently the world's third largest military transport aircraft. It was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) by McDonnell Douglas, and commonly performs strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include tactical airlift, medical evacuation and airdrop duties. Continue reading for five more interesting facts.
There are video games, and then the F-35 Advanced Simulator, located at the Luke Air Force Base on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. Everything in the cockpit was modeled after its real-life counterpart, including countless levers and buttons as well as the feeling of flying at several thousand feet when looking out the window. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, which was the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. Continue reading for two videos of the real F-35 and more information.