Boeing’s 777X jetliner took to the skies this past weekend in front of thousands at Paine Field in Everett, Washington, at 10:09 a.m. local time for a successful three hour, 51 minute flight over Washington state before landing at Seattle’s Boeing Field. This new widebody aircraft will deliver 10 percent lower fuel use and emissions and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition through advanced aerodynamics, thanks to the latest generation carbon-fiber composite wing and the most advanced commercial engine ever built, GE Aviation’s GE9X. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Unlike current commercial aircraft, the Hero Zero by JDXP is powered by electric motors with batteries to drive propellers, complete with an on-board electric generator. Its wings are set high and to the back of the plane so they sit over the bulk of the plane’s weight, batteries and motors to improve the overall efficiency of the aircraft. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Japanese startup SkyDrive Inc., led by former Toyota engineers, have begun test flights of their prototype flying car with a human pilot. They are planning a public demonstration with a human pilot this summer. It’s touted as the world’s smallest flying car and features a slim cabin with four horizontal drone-style propellers at each corner. Read more for a video and additional information.
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This most certainly isn’t the first homemade full-motion flight simulator we’ve featured, but definitely the first that incorporates a virtual reality headset. To be more specific, it was designed for carrier launches and light aerobatics, complete with DOF 360° movement and Valve Index VR. Read more for a video showing this beast in-action.
The US Navy has the twelve largest nuclear-powered fleet carriers in the world, capable of transporting around 80 fighter jets each; the total combined deck space is more than twice that of all other nations combined. In addition to the aircraft carrier fleet, they also have nine amphibious assault carriers that are used for carrying up to 20 F-35B Lightning II V/STOL fighter aircraft, as well as helicopters, and are similar in size to medium-sized fleet carriers, giving the United States 32 total active service carriers. Read more to see the precision required to land an aircraft on one of these warships.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is essentially a large military transport aircraft that was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. This aircraft typically performs tactical and strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world; additional roles include medical evacuation and airdrop duties. Read more for a video showing how it uses full reverse and spoilers to come to a complete step in under 1,000-feet.
The Boeing F-15 Eagle may not be the latest and greatest aircraft that our military has in its arsenal, but it’s still a sight to behold in the skies, especially during sunrise. This twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter aircraft was originally designed by McDonnell Douglas, first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976. Read more for the video and additional information.
NASA and MIT researchers have teamed up to build as well as test a radically new kind of airplane wing that is assembled from hundreds of tiny identical pieces. Due to its design, the wing can change shape to control the plane’s flight, and provides a significant boost in aircraft production, flight, and maintenance efficiency. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is essentially a large military transport aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. This aircraft can most often be found on tactical / strategic airlift missions, transporting troops and cargo throughout the world. This photographer managed to capture one flying through Star Wars Canyon in California. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The all-electric Lilium Jet has completed yet another test flight, and this five-seat canard light sports aircraft is powered by 36 electric motors, each acting on a ducted propeller. To be more specific, there are six on each of the two front wings and twelve on each rear wing. Plus, the fixed part of the wings, the propellers and engines are each installed in twelve tilting wing parts, or landing landing. Read more for the test flight video and additional information.