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Napcabs

So, your flight is delayed and all of the airport lounges are closed. Introducing Napcabs, which are basically luxurious "sleeping cabins," located right in the middle of the terminal. Think of them as tiny private rooms, complete with luggage storage, a bed and a small workspace. Simple swipe credit card on a touchscreen, book a $35 (minimum) time slot - priced between $12 - $18 per hour - and you're ready to relax. Continue reading for two videos.

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F-35 Weapons

Lockheed Martin has just released a new picture showing the sleek F-35 Lightning II with all of the weapons it can use after being tested by the Systems Development and Demonstration Weapons Suite. According to Jalopnik, "This represents a baseline capability that will be expanded with other weapons once the jet is fully operational towards the end of the decade." Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a supermarket mascot gone wild.

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JSF Helmet

Did you know that the F-35 does not need to be physically pointing at its target for weapons to be successful? It uses sensors to track and target a nearby aircraft from any orientation and then provide the information to the pilot through their helmet for complete vision - also sends data to the seeker-head of a missile for accurate targeting. The helmet system replaces the display-suite-mounted head-up display used in earlier fighters. The F-35's systems provide the edge in the "observe, orient, decide, and act" OODA loop; stealth and advanced sensors aid in observation, automated target tracking helps in orientation, sensor fusion simplifies decision making, and the aircraft's controls allow the pilot to keep their focus on the targets, rather than the controls of their aircraft. Continue reading for more.

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Breaking Sound Barrier Shock Eggs

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

You've probably seen plenty of pictures online of jets being mislabeled as breaking the sound barrier, when they actually show them moments before. You see, shock eggs, also known as vapor cones, are created as jets travel at high speeds. The sudden change in pressure can cause water to condense around the vehicle, creating an odd conical shape. In addition to making the shock waves themselves visible, water condensation can also occur in the trough between two crests of the shock waves produced by the passing of the object. However, this effect does not necessarily coincide with the acceleration of an aircraft through the speed of sound or Mach 1. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 4 foot 5 inch basketball player who doesn't let his height stop him.

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Missing Boeing 727-223

A Boeing 727-223, registered N844AA, was stolen from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, Luanda, Angola on May 25, 2003. Its disappearance prompted a worldwide search by the FBI and the CIA. Shortly before sunset on that day, two men boarded the plane, one of them being flight engineer Ben Charles Padilla (seen at controls), and the other, a hired mechanic from the Republic of the Congo. Neither man was certified to fly the Boeing 727, which normally requires three aircrew. They had been working with Angolan mechanics to get the plane flight-ready. The aircraft began taxiing without communicating with the control tower and maneuvered erratically while entering a runway without clearance. The tower tried to make contact, but there was no response, and the tracking transponder was turned off. With its lights off, the aircraft took off, heading southwest over the Atlantic Ocean. Neither the plane nor the two men have been seen since. Continue reading for more mysterious disappearances.

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Jet Engines Tank Fire

Believe it or not, extreme fires, call for extreme measures, and in this case, it meant that Hungarian engineers needed to use a decommissioned Russian tank combined with the jets from a MiG-21 fighter jet. It's officially called the Big Wind, and can blow powerful shots of water to stop oil fires in an instant. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Giant Arrows Ground

Photo credit: The MEta

You'll find these giant arrows on the ground all over the US, but they weren't placed their by Google. These were used by pilots for the US Postal Service, before the digital age, in the 1920s. The line of beacons bisect the country longitudinally from San Francisco to New York City. After World War II, these beacons were obsolete due to advancements in radio technology. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Siberian Husky mom handling her pups like a champ.

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AirAsia Flight 8501

Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 (Airbus 320-200) lost contact with Jakarta air traffic control at approximately 6:17am EST with 162 passengers on board - no distress signal had been sent. The pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. "The aircraft was on the submitted flight plan route and was requesting deviation due to enroute weather before communication with the aircraft was lost," the airline said in a statement. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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X-15

The North American X-15 is touted as the world's fastest rocket-powered aircraft. It set speed and altitude records in the 1960s, reaching the edge of outer space and returning with valuable data used in aircraft and spacecraft design. As of 2014, the X-15 holds the official world record for the highest speed ever reached by a manned, powered aircraft. Its maximum speed was 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h). Continue reading for more.

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Air Travel 1970s

Flying first class now days equates to your own private suite, complete with lie-down bed and 5-course meals, but it might surprise you to know that this was already available back in the 1970s. You see when Boeing originally designed the 747 never expected that it becoming a cultural icon of the modern era. Commercial air travel in the 1970s was an affluent and social affair, with most airlines offering free coach lounges where passengers were able to stretch their legs, have a drink and network with their peers. You'll see in these photos: spacious cabins, comfortable lounge chairs and very neatly passengers, reminding us of the 'golden age' of commercial aviation free to stretch their legs, have a drink and network with their peers.

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