We have seen the future of fighter jets, and it includes the BAE Systems / Rolls-Royce Tempest. This aircraft will be able to fly unmanned, and use swarming technology to control drones. That’s not all, built-in artificial intelligence deep learning technologies will also help control directed-energy weapons, while Cooperative Engagement Capability gives it the ability to cooperate on the battlefield.
Tokyo-based SkyDrive is planning to have theSD-XX, the world’s smallest flying car, in the skies by 2023. This all-electric vehicle can be used as an autonomous aircraft or on the road as a self-driving taxi. It measures 13 feet in length and 11.5 feet wide, and less than 5 feet tall, while weighing in at 1,102 pounds. There’s room for two passengers and it sports eight propellers on the four corners of the vehicle. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Virgin Galactic Mach 3 aircraft has just been revealed, and it could be the future of supersonic air travel. This delta-wing aircraft, with capacity for 9 to 19 people, would fly at an altitude above 60,000 feet, while incorporating custom cabin layouts to address customer needs, including Business or First Class seating arrangements. It would pave the way toward use of state-of-the-art sustainable aviation fuel. Read more f or additional pictures and information.
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Former aerospace mechanic for the Royal Air Force and now a stay-at-home dad Steve Jones managed to transform hollowed-out jet engine shell from a Vickers VC10 into a functional camper trailer for his family in Lancashire, England. In all, he spent around 1,000-hours between January and mid-March to complete the build. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Always wanted a chance to fly on the Concorde, but was never able to for any reason? Well, Boom Supersonic’s Overture should do the trick. The company announced this week that they’ve partnered with Rolls-Royce to build the propulsion system for the company’s flagship supersonic passenger aircraft, Overture. Teams from both parties will investigate whether an existing engine architecture can be adapted for supersonic flight, while Boom’s internal team continues to develop the airframe configuration. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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North American X-15, a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is the fastest yet, setting numerous speed as well as altitude records in the 1960s. It reached the edge of outer space and returnied with valuable data used in aircraft and spacecraft design today. It set the official world record for the highest speed ever recorded by a crewed, powered aircraft, set in October 1967 when William J. Knight flew at Mach 6.70 (4,520 mph) at 102,100 feet. Read more for a video and additional information.
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For those who aren’t aviation enthusiasts, the Cirrus SR22 is a single-engine four- or five-seat composite aircraft that has been the world’s best-selling general aviation (GA) airplane every year since 2003. It’s currently the single most-produced GA aircraft made from composite material, and comprises over 30% of the entire piston aircraft market. However, when you combine one of these with a Chevrolet Tracker, this monstrosity ensues. Read more for additional pictures and information.
You’ve probably heard about Boeing’s AV-8B Harrier II, F/A-18 Hornet, C-17 Globemaster III and the Joint Strike Fighter X-32A, but what about the T-7A Red Hawk? This aircraft, originally known as the Boeing T-X, is basically an American/Swedish advanced jet trainer developed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security in partnership with Saab Group. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Northrop Grumman’s B-21 Raider is a next-generation heavy bomber under development for the United States Air Force (USAF) and set for its first flight test in 2022, with active duty slated for 2025. This aircraft is part of the Long Range Strike Bomber program (LRS-B) and designed to be an advanced very long-range, large, heavy-payload stealth intercontinental strategic bomber capable of delivering conventional and thermonuclear weapons. Read more for two videos and additional information.
At first glance, this may appear to be an aircraft nose, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize it’s just a 1988 Pulse Autocycle. Does it look familiar? If so, that’s because they have made an appearance in Back to the Future II, or more specifically, the downtown Hill Valley area in 2015. A red Pulse was actually the first vehicle Marty McFly saw as he exited the alleyway opposite the courthouse, driving along Main Street from right to left. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.