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Chengdu J-20

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.

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Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA

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.

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Boeing C-17 Globemaster III

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.

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MQ-9 Reaper Drone

The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, previously known as the Predator B, is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remote controlled or autonomous flight operations for long-endurance, high-altitude surveillance. It's basically the larger, heavier, and more capable version of the earlier MQ-1 Predator, powered by a 950hp turboprop engine. The extra power allows the Reaper to carry 15 times more ordnance payload and cruise at almost three times the speed of the MQ-1. Continue reading for more cool facts you may not have known.

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Manta Resort Underwater Room

Not just any hotel room, the Manta Resort Underwater Hotel Room in Zanzibar, Africa comes complete with a rooftop deck, living space, bathroom / dining areas on the middle floor, and then fully-submersed lower level lined with windows for expansive views of the marine life. Yes, there's still room service, but you may have to wait a while. Depending on the season, you can book a one-night stay for as low as $1,000. Continue reading for more cool underwater hotel rooms.

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SR-71 Blackbird

The Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" was truly ahead of its time, as we've yet to see a successor. This long-range, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft, operated by the United States Air Force, was developed as a black project from the Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance aircraft in the 1960s by Lockheed and its Skunk Works division. If a surface-to-air missile launch was detected, the standard evasive action was simply to accelerate and out-maneuver the missile. A total of 32 aircraft were built; 12 were lost in accidents with none lost to enemy action. Continue reading for more interesting things you may not know about the "Blackbird".

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Enhanced Sniper Rifle

Remington's XM2010 Enhanced Sniper Rifle lives up to its name, as in tests, it was able to hit targets with pinpoint accuracy up to 1200-meters, and carries more gun powder in the bullets it fires. It's also equipped with a flash suppressor, sound suppressor as well as thermal sleeve for stealthy attacks on enemies. When U.S. Snipers finish training, they're capable of hitting an adult-sized target 9 out of 10 times at 600 meters - over a third of a mile away - with the XM2010. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Janet Airline

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For those who aren't conspiracy theorists, "Janet" - said to stand for 'Just Another Non Existent Terminal' - refers to a small fleet of passenger aircraft operated for the United States Air Force. The airline primarily transports military and contractor employees and currently serve mostly Area 51 from their terminal at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. Continue reading for five interesting facts, along with a couple videos of people who tried askin about the airline.

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Galena

Galena, the natural mineral form of lead(II) sulfide, may look beautiful, but it also has a dangerous side. It crystallizes in the cubic crystal system often showing octahedral forms, and often associated with the minerals sphalerite, calcite as well as fluorite. Though beautiful, it poses a high risk of lead poisoning to those exposed to it for prolonged periods either through simple contact or by inhalation of its dust. Continue reading for more.

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Vector V8 Twin Turbo

The Vector W8 is essentially an American supercar produced from 1990 to 1993. It was manufactured by Vector Aeromotive Corporation, and designed by Gerald Wiegert in partnership with David Kostka. The company utilized the newest and most advanced aerospace materials in building the W8s, which they said justified applying to the car the term "Aeromotive Engineering." Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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