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Hypersonic SABRE Aircraft

In the near future, you may be able to travel anywhere in just 4-hours or less, aboard a hypersonic aircraft. That's right, the SABRE engine burns hydrogen and oxygen, acting like a jet engine in Earth's thick lower atmosphere, taking in oxygen to combust with onboard liquid hydrogen, while switching over to Mach 5 at an altitude of 16-miles to reach orbit. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates and funny fixes gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a guy who built a working water-powered smartphone charger.

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Airbus Thunderbird Drone

Sure, there are military drones capable of much more than any consumer model, but if aircraft manufacturers start building their own, we could see designs like the sleek Thunderbird above. When not in use, it can be disassembled and placed into a carrying case, but when emergency calls, the craft can be used to deliver life-saving medical supplies. Other practical uses include: package / food deliver and rescue missions. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Parajet Skyquad

Half ATV and half plane, the SkyQuad sports a go kart-like design and its Rotax engine tackles rugged terrain with ease, while ram-air parafoil wing technology can achieve 55 mph in the air at a maximum altitude of 10,000-feet. It transitions from land to air very quickly, enabling you to access to a number of areas unreachable by traditional aircraft. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the incredible machine that lays down railroad track.

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UFO Miami

Airport workers have probably seen it all, from UFO hoaxes to just Chinese lanterns floating in the sky, but this recent sighting has stirred the interest of conspiracy theorists worldwide. Shot at Miami Airport, some are saying that the "plume is from a hydrogen powered rocket engine, water vapor condenses in the high altitude forming a cloud of ice crystals reflecting light from the sun which, from this viewpoint, is below the horizon." Continue reading for another strange sighting and more information.

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F-35 Cannon

Sure, the F-35 project might have cost $3.5-billion, and is 8-years late, but this stealth fighter recently tested its cannons, and all systems are go. It fired approximately 3 airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system, while 3 bursts of one 30 rounds and two 60 rounds each were fired from the aircraft's four-barrel, 25-millimeter Gatling gun. "The successful aerial gun test sortie was a culmination of several years' planning, which intensified in the first half of 2015 at the Edwards F-35 Integrated Test Force (ITF) Flight Test Squadron with a team of Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, and Northrop Grumman personnel," said Mike Glass, Edwards ITF flight test director. 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 a Star Wars: Rogue One behind-the-scenes featurette.

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Thunderstorm from Plane

Photo credit: Santiago Borja via Bored Panda

In addition to traveling the world, airline pilots also get to see some crazy weather conditions from up above. Ecuador Airlines pilot and photographer Santiago Borja sometimes passes directly through thunderstorms, and this time, he managed to capture this image from 37,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean south of Panama. Continue reading for one more image and additional information.

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Northrop YF-23

The Northrop YF-23 was an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth fighter aircraft technology demonstrator designed for the United States Air Force (USAF). Several companies submitted design proposals; the USAF selected proposals from Northrop and Lockheed. Northrop teamed with McDonnell Douglas to develop the YF-23, while Lockheed, Boeing and General Dynamics developed the YF-22. The YF-23 was stealthier and faster, but less agile than its competitor. After a four-year development and evaluation process, the YF-22 was announced the winner in 1991 and entered production as the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Terrafugia TF-X

Terrafugia's flying car designs have been in development for quite some time (2006), but their latest model, the TF-X, has just received FAA approval. Featuring fold-out wings and helicopter-like rotor blades, the semi-autonomous TF-X has a cruising speed of around 200mph, powered by a 300-horsepower engine. The company is hoping that its full-sized unmanned prototype, with a 4-person capacity and 500-mile range, will be ready to hit the skies by 2018. "The TF-X operator will have final say over whether an approved landing zone is actually a safe place in which to land, and they may abort the landing attempt at any time," said a representative. 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 five simple science experiments you can try at home today.

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Flash Falcon

Oscar Vinals unveils Flash Falcon, a double-decker supersonic aircraft that would reach a top speed of Mach 3 (approximately 2,300mph), enabling you to travel from London to New York in just 2.5-hours. It has capacity for 250 passengers, and is powered by carbon-free energy, with a portable fusion reactor-based supersonic engine, as well as six electric-combustion engines that would tilt 10 to 20 degrees and allow the plane to take off or land vertically. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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K-36D Ejection Seat

The K-36 Ejection seat provides emergency escape for a crew member in a wide range of speeds and altitudes of aircraft flight, from zero altitude, zero speed (zero-zero) upwards, and can be used in conjunction with protective equipment, such as pressure suits and anti-g garments. The seat consists of the ejection rocket firing mechanism, gear box, headrest rescue system with a dome stowed in the headrest, and other operating systems all of which are aimed at providing a safe bail-out. Continue reading for two videos on how ejection seats work, and more information.

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