Aeroflot, the Russian flag carrier and member of the SkyTeam alliance, has just received its first A350-900, becoming the launch operator of the latest-generation widebody aircraft in Eastern Europe and CIS. Fetauring a distinctive new livery that embraces its almost 100-year heritage, 28 private Business Class suites with full-flat seats, 24 Comfort Class with extra legroom and 264 Economy Class. Plus, each seat comes equipped with a Panasonic eX3 in-flight entertainment system, HD screens and Wi-Fi connectivity/ Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Boeing AH-64 Apache is basically a twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two, complete with a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. It comes armed with a 30 mm M230 chain gun carried between the main landing gear, under the aircraft’s forward fuselage, and four hardpoints mounted on stub-wing pylons for carrying armament and stores. Read more for a video and additional information.
Airbus has just revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls), which is the company’s “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. It features a disruptive aircraft design that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% compared to current single-aisle aircraft. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
For those who don’t know, the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker is a military aerial aircraft designed specifically for refueling missions. It’s the US Air Force’s first jet-powered refueling tanker, replacing the KC-97 Stratofreighter, and was initially tasked with refueling strategic bombers, but was used extensively in the Vietnam War and later conflicts such as Operation Desert Storm. Read more to see it refuel a B-2 in mid-air.
Ehang successfully completed its first US flight for its 216 Autonomous Aerial Vehicle just a few weeks ago, and unlike the 184 model, this one can seat two-passengers, making it perfect for future air taxi services. So far, the company has made 2,000 passenger-grade flight tests of its Autonomous Aerial Vehicles in varying weather conditions, including winds of 43 mph as well as in fog with poor visibility. Read more for a video and additional information.
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.