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Volkswagen Schimwwagen

Before modern amphibious cars, like the WaterCar Panther, there was Volkswagen's Type 166 Schwimmwagen, used extensively in World War II. It's essentially a four wheel drive vehicle on first gear - reverse gears with some models - that has ZF self-locking differentials on both front and rear axles. Similar to the Kubelwagen, the Schwimmwagen had portal gear rear hubs that gave better ground clearance, while at the same time reducing drive-line torque stresses with their gear reduction at the wheels. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Saker S-1 Personal Jet

Forget private jets, the Saker S-1 is the aircraft to get if you have a spare $5-million laying around. The Saker S-1 Personal Jet is currently in production, set to hit the skies in 2019, and was inspired by military fighter jets. It can achieve speeds just shy of Mach 1 (Mach .99), and best of all, you won't need to attend military training to fly it, though normal you do need a pilot's license. For those wondering, yes, there's an optional ejection seat. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.

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Dodge Challenger Vapor


One thing's for sure, the US Air Force's stealth black Dodge Challenger is one car you don't want to mess with. In addition to biometric-controlled Lambo doors, it's equipped with an infrared thermal image camera on the front bumper and a roof-mounted 360-degree surveillance camera that enables the driver to see darkness via the built-in dashboard command center. Inside, there are three displays that display technical info as well as let you activate the "stealth exhaust system". 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 Jetman Yves Rossey flying with his custom-built jetpack over Dubai.

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92-Year-Old WW2 Female Pilot

For 92-year-old female ex-World War II pilot Joy Lofthouse, there's no better way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VE Day than by flying through crystal-clear skies in a Spitfire fighter plane, just like the one she piloted in 1945 as a member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Combat Guard Vehicle

Israel Military Industries' Combat Guard is a futuristic armored 4x4 vehicle that appears to be straight from the Halo video game series. This all-terrain vehicle weighs 8-tons, thanks partially to the 54-inch tires and 0.7 meters of ground clearance, but also making it perfect for zombie-fighting duties. It's capable driving straight through 1.5-meter deep water obstacles. Powered comes from a rear-mounted 6.5L Cobra diesel engine, mated to a four-speed automatic transmission. Need to carry weapons? You'll be glad to know that Combat Guard has a 1.5-ton payload capacity as well as enough seating for 8 passengers. The exterior armor was designed to withstand both ammunition rounds and the unforeseeable land mines. 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 a miniature Bruce Lee.

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UHAC Beach Assault Vehicle

The U.S. Marines have developed a new amphibious vehicle designed to storm beaches, transport troops and scale buildings. Called the UHAC (Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector), the final vehicle will have a top speed of about 25mph and be capable of scaling obstacles up to 10-feet (sea walls, etc.) high. It can carry a payload of 200-tons, thanks to tank-like tracks that are fitted with captured-air foam cells to provide buoyancy when in the water. Continue reading for two videos and more information.

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Rockwell B-1 Lancer

The Rockwell-Boeing B-1B Lancer is basically a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing, jet-powered heavy strategic bomber used by the United States Air Force (USAF). It's primarily a low-level penetrator with long range and Mach 1.25 speed capability at high altitude. The B-1B is expected to continue to serve into the 2030s, with the Next-Generation Bomber to start supplementing the B-1B in the 2020s. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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Comanche Helicopter

The Boeing-Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche is basically an advanced 5-blade armed reconnaissance and attack helicopter designed for the United States Army. During the early 1980s, the U.S. Army began formulating a requirement for the replacement of its helicopters then in service, resulting in the Light Helicopter Experimental program. In 1991, the Boeing-Sikorsky team was chosen to produce prototypes. The Comanche would incorporate stealth technologies, featuring a number of designs previously untried. Continue reading for more.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is basically a single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft originally developed by General Dynamics for the United States Air Force (USAF). Designed as an air superiority day fighter, it evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft. The Fighting Falcon has key features including a frameless bubble canopy for better visibility, side-mounted control stick to ease control while maneuvering, a seat reclined 30 degrees to reduce the effect of g-forces on the pilot, and the first use of a relaxed static stability/fly-by-wire flight control system helps to make it a nimble aircraft. Continue reading for more.

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AV-8B Harrier Jet

In this crazy video, you'll see and hear U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, AV-8B Harrier aircraft pilot talking about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on the aircraft aboard the USS Bataan, at sea. The AV-8B Harrier II is a single-engine ground-attack aircraft capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL). Continue reading for the video and more information.

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