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MiG-29 Fulcrum Vertical Takeoff

Aviation enthusiasts probably know that the MiG-29 Fulcrum can achieve Mach 2.25, but now this clip, filmed at the recent RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo) at RAF Fairford, UK, shows the jet beginning its display with an incredible vertical take-off. We used the term 'going ballistic' for the Mig-29's vertical climb in full afterburner even though the term refers to the ballistic path (similar to the trajectory of a thrown or launched projectile) a jet put into a nearly-vertical climb would follow under the action of gravity, without propulsion," says The Aviationist. Continue reading for another video of the MiG-29 reaching the edge of space and more information.

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Erkanoplan Russian Ship-Tank-Plane

Here's a rare look at the Lun-class ekranoplan, which is a ground effect vehicle (GEV) designed by Rostislav Evgenievich Alexeyev and used by the Soviet and Russian navies from 1987 until sometime in the late 1990s. It flew using the lift generated by the ground effect of its large wings when they were close to the surface of the water - about 4-meters to be exact. While they might look similar and have related technical characteristics, ekranoplans, such as the Lun, are not aircraft, seaplanes, hovercraft, or hydrofoils - ground effect is a separate technology altogether. Continue reading for a longer video of this craft in-action and more information.

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MAARS Robot Tank


When a miniature tank meets an advanced weapons system and robotics, you get the MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System). It's basically a 3-foot tall, remote-controlled ground vehicle that can assist in anything from camera surveillance disarming IEDs to keep soldiers out of harm's way. The MAARS can move at 7 mph and travel 800-1000 meters from its controller. It has a seven cameras for driving, situational awareness, and for the weapon that can operate in daytime or thermal modes. MAARS is armed with an M240B machine gun and four M203 grenade launcher tubes on a 360 degree rotating turret. It carries 450 rounds of machine gun ammo and four grenade rounds. Grenades can include sponge, buckshot, and tear gas for less-lethal purposes, and explosive and airburst for lethal purposes. Each tube is loaded individually, allowing lethal and less-lethal capabilities to be available and selected when needed. If weapons aren't needed, they can be replaced with a manipulator arm that can lift 120-pounds, which is enough strength to pick up 155mm artillery rounds. 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 genius who solved a 7x7 Rubik's Cube in record time.

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Active Denial System

The Active Denial System, also known as ADS, is basically a non-lethal, directed-energy weapon developed by Raytheon for the U.S. military. Its main purposes are area denial, perimeter security and crowd control. Sometimes, it's referred to as a ray gun since it works by heating the surface of targets, such as the skin of targeted human subjects. Raytheon is currently marketing a reduced-range version of this technology. Continue reading for more cool facts.

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Combat Guard Vehicle Real Halo Vehicle

The Halo Warthog may look cool, but it's not very practical in the real world, while Combat Guard on the other hand, is as close as you'll get to a real-life version. Weighing in at 8-tons, this all-terrain vehicle comes equipped with 54-inch tires and 0.7-meters of ground clearance, enabling it to drive through 1.5-meter deep water obstacles. Power comes from a rear-mounted 6.5L diesel engine, paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Even with 1.5-tons of weapons, it can reach speeds of up 75 miles per hour. Now why is it like a tank? Well, its thick layer of armor was designed to withstand both ammunition rounds and hidden 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 one showing how kids react to the first-generation iPod.

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Lockheed F-35B VTOL

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is basically a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multi-role fighter jets undergoing testing and final development by the United States. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (CATOBAR) variant. Continue reading for more cool facts about the aircraft.

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Avro Vulcan Bomber

The last Avro Vulcan bomber may not be in service anymore, but it's been flying in private hands since 2007, and one of the last remaining aircraft performed a crazy stunt at the Royal International Air Tattoo in RAF Fairford, UK, one of the world's largest air shows, this past week. According to Jalopnik, "on takeoff yesterday, the massive delta-winged beast rolled hard to the right just above the runway. The maneuver, which was lower and steeper than any performed by the aircraft before, provoked a collective gasp and then cheers from the crowd as the huge jet powered through the extremely low-level turn." Continue reading for the video.

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V-22 Osprey

At first glance, you may think the aircraft above is a Transformers robot, but it's actually the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, a tiltrotor military aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL), and short takeoff and landing (STOL) capability. It combines the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft. Continue reading for more interesting facts.

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F-35A Cannon

The F-35A is armed with a GAU-22/A, a four-barrel version of the 25 mm GAU-12 Equalizer cannon. The cannon is mounted internally with 182 rounds for the F-35A or in an external pod with 220 rounds for the F-35B and F-35C; the gun pod has stealth features. The F-35 has two internal weapons bays, and external hardpoints for mounting up to four underwing pylons and two near wingtip pylons. Continue reading to see it firing for the first time in public view.

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360-Degree Vid Tech

Always wanted to fly in a fighter jet? Well, Google's new 360-degree video technology will let you do just that, virtually. Simply move your mouse cursor around while watching the video, and you'll be able to pan around the cockpit. Everything from the stick and throttle movements to the amazing scenery is at your fingertips. The Northrop F-5A/B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E/F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Continue reading for the interactive video and more information.

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