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Airbus Hypersonic Jet

Within the next decade, you may be able to fly from London to NYC in just 1-hour aboard the new Airbus hypersonic jet, which was the US Patents and Trademark Office just approved. This Concorde 2.0 of sorts would soar the skies at a blistering Mach 4.5, or four and a half times the speed of sound (3000mph). "Two turbojets mounted under the fuselage would be used in conjunction with a rocket motor mounted at the rear so as to take off, and would ascend vertically - more in the manner of a space shuttle than an airplane. The turbojets would then shut down and retract into the fuselage, while the rocket engine would lift the aircraft to a cruising altitude of 100,000 feet. And that's when it gets really curious; hydrogen-powered ramjets, which are more commonly used on missiles, would propel the jet to its cruising speed," according to Inhabitat. Continue reading for a news report on the SR-72 hypersonic spy plane currently being developed by Lockheed Martin.

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TWA Terminal 1962

The TWA Flight Center first opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Once intended as a ceremonial entrance to the new adjacent Jet Blue terminal, the Port Authority has since looked at various reuse scenarios for the original head house, which stands empty as of 2015. The Wall Street Journal reported that JetBlue and its partner, a hotel developer, are negotiating for the rights to turn the head house into a hotel. Continue reading for more pictures.

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UFO JFK Airport

A plane spotter recently captured an unidentified flying object overtaking a Virgin Atlantic flight at high-speed during take-off from New York's JFK airport. This peculiar object has led to speculation that it may be an extraterrestrial craft. "The person that saw this UFO at JFK films planes often and looks to catch UFOs on video. I even try to film UFOs myself often. Planning on a UFO hunt in NYC soon to hopefully air on LookNowTV. I thought this one doesn't look like a bug or another plane in the background," says Rick from LookNowTV. Continue reading to watch.

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MiG-29 Fulcrum Vertical Takeoff

Aviation enthusiasts probably know that the MiG-29 Fulcrum can achieve Mach 2.25, but now this clip, filmed at the recent RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, UK, shows the jet beginning its display with an incredible vertical take-off. We used the term 'going ballistic' for the Mig-29's vertical climb in full afterburner even though the term refers to the ballistic path (similar to the trajectory of a thrown or launched projectile) a jet put into a nearly-vertical climb would follow under the action of gravity, without propulsion," says The Aviationist. Continue reading for another video of the MiG-29 reaching the edge of space and more information.

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ICON A5 Aircraft

You may have seen or heard about the ICON A5 before, but the first production model has been delivered, and the video shows off some of its capabilities. This amphibious light-sport aircraft is designed to be "predictable and easy-to-fly" and has retractable landing gear for takeoff / landing on water. To keep things light, it sports a carbon fiber airframe, with power coming from a 100-horsepower, Rotax 912 ULS engine (runs on both auto and aviation gas), good for 120mph in the air. Folding wings allow it to be stored at home and towed on the highway with a trailer. Buyers will also get a propeller guard, wing angle of attack indicator as well as an integreated parachute that helps the entire aircraft come land a bit easier in an emergency. 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 an insane perpetual Slinky machine.

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Erkanoplan Russian Ship-Tank-Plane

Here's a rare look at the Lun-class ekranoplan, which is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s. It flew using the lift generated by the ground effect of its large wings when they were close to the surface of the water - about 4-meters to be exact. While they might look similar and have related technical characteristics, ekranoplans, such as the Lun, are not aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, or hydrofoils - ground effect is a separate technology altogether. Continue reading for a longer video of this craft in-action and more information.

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Terrafugia TF-X

You've probably heard about this company for years, but now they've officially taken the wraps off their TF-X model, a street-legal, four-seat fixed wing aircraft. Its engine and electric power source are similar to an electric car, but in addition to wheels, there are fold-up wings. A built-in GPS will help drivers navigate both land and air, as well as assist with auto-landing when in inclement weather. The company so far has 100+ pre-orders for the craft, which is estimated to cost $279,000, without any options. This updated model features an improved hybrid engine system, making it faster, heavier and roomier, with rotor blades on each wing tip that assist take off / landing, while folding away during flight. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for today's five most popular viral videos, including one on how to draw a perfect circle freehand.

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Lockheed F-35B VTOL

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is basically a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role fighter jets undergoing testing and final development by the United States. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant. Continue reading for more cool facts about the aircraft.

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Avro Vulcan Bomber

The last Avro Vulcan bomber may not be in service anymore, but it's been flying in private hands since 2007, and one of the last remaining aircraft performed a crazy stunt at the Royal International Air Tattoo in RAF Fairford, UK, one of the world's largest air shows, this past week. According to Jalopnik, "on takeoff yesterday, the massive delta-winged beast rolled hard to the right just above the runway. The maneuver, which was lower and steeper than any performed by the aircraft before, provoked a collective gasp and then cheers from the crowd as the huge jet powered through the extremely low-level turn." Continue reading for the video.

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V-22 Osprey

At first glance, you may think the aircraft above is a Transformers robot, but it's actually the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor military aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It combines the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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