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Paper Boeing Jet

Luca Iaconi-Stewart, a 25-year-old designer from San Francisco, spent the past 9-years building a 1:60 scale replica of an Air India Boeing 777 entirely from paper folders. "Luckily, these days there's a wealth of photos and videos online that don't really leave any detail to the imagination. Over the years I've amassed a collection of hundreds of images that I've used to draw up my own plans. I also got hold of the training manual for the 777-200ER that someone randomly posted online, and that's been immensely helpful for sections like the wings, which I'm currently designing," said Luca. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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NASA Supersonic X Plane

Those who missed flying on the the Concorde can take heart because a new era of supersonic flight is just a few years away, as NASA says that its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) project has passed its preliminary design review (PDR). This paves the way for design and construction of the Low Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) X-plane. The most significant issue Lockheed Martin has to solve is finding a way to reduce or eliminate the window-cracking. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Eviation Aircraft Electric Plane

Eviation Aircraft, a partner of NASA's on-demand mobility program, has revealed at the 52nd International Paris Air Show an all-electric private jet with a range of up to 600 miles on a single charge. It can fly 6-9 passengers, in addition to two crew members, on long distances trips. The plane aims to be commercialized by 2018, and thanks to its newly developed aluminum-air battery, consumers will be able to fly without harming the environment. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Airbus Racer Helicopter

Making its official debut at the 2017 Paris Air Show, the Airbus RACER (Rapid And Cost-Effective Rotorcraft is capable of hitting a cruising speed of 250 mph, thanks to a futuristic 'box-wing' design. When combined with a light hybrid metallic-composite airframe that provides extra lift, the pusher propellers quickly increase speed while the aircraft is moving forward. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Stratolaunch


Ukraine's Antonov An-225 was previously the world's largest plane, that is, until billionaire Paul Allen's Stratolaunch rolled its low-orbit-launch aircraft out of the company's hangar in the California desert for the first time. Its wings span 385-feet - larger than the An-225's 290 feet, and is powered by six high-bypass-ratio turbofan engines. Allen intentds to "provide convenient, reliable, and routine access to low-Earth orbit." This is why it has a designed maximum takeoff weight of 1.3 million pounds. "This marks a historic step in our work to achieve Paul G. Allen's vision of normalizing access to low-Earth orbit. We have a lot of exciting activity ahead as we enter the testing process, and we look forward to sharing our progress during the coming months," said Stratolaunch Systems CEO Jean Floyd. 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 waterless toilet backed by Bill Gates.

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747 Cockpit View

Photo credit: JPC Van Heijst via Bored Panda

Sure, corner offices are nice, especially in skyscrapers, but almost nothing beats the views that pilot JPC Van Heijst gets to experience. He's a first officer with Cargolux, and gets to fly Boeing 747 jumbo jets all over the world. "Seeing the entire world in my job, I feel privileged to be in a position to capture many different parts of the planet through my camera and immortalize the beauty of the places I visit," said Van Heijst. Continue reading to see some of his most popular shots. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Pagani Jet

Airbus partnered with Italian hypercar makers Atelier Pagani Automobili to create a custom ACJ319neo private jet that combines both luxury and speed. What sets this apart from other aircraft is its "Sky Ceiling," which encapsulates the entire roof of the cabin, providing either a live view of the sky above or any image of your choosing. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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TR-3B

The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) has recently received over 15 reports of 'triangle UFOs' being spotted in the skies, each one describing the craft as a silent triangle shape, defined by a series of lights, and are said to be in some cases as big as a football field, moving slowly across the sky. Conspiracy theorists allege the TR-3B is a secret "black project" spy craft of the US Government that can be flown into space. Continue reading for another video with more sightings, and additional information.

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F-35 Gun Pod


The US Marine Corps' F-35B just made history by firing its gun pod while flying for the first time. This weapon straps onto the belly of the aircraft, and enables the fighter the option to sacrifice a little stealth, drag, and range for 220-rounds of 25 mm firepower - a big upgrade from the 20 mm guns that current US fighter jets carry. One caveat: though F-35 can fire its gun while flying, the software update needed to properly aim the gun remains elusive, but should be coming later this year. 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 that shows how to cast a Batman fidget spinner from bullet shells.

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Boom Jet


Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has teamed up with Boom Technology to build a supersonic aircraft capable of traversing through the skies at twice the speed of sound. What does this mean? You'll be able to zip from New York to London in just 3.4-hours. The final aircraft will be able to carry 55 passengers in all-business-class suites. The first test flight is scheduled for 2018, and the full-sized aircraft is set to be ready in 2020, with certification from the Federal Aviation Administration following shortly afterward. 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 showing how to make slime from Elmer's glue.

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