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The Electric Skies of United

The Electric Skies of United

United Airlines might need to update its slogan to “It’s time to fly electric” and get some extra-long Lightning cables. They’re buying 100 electric planes being developed by Sweden’s Heart Aerospace. The 19-seaters could take off by 2026. They’re also buying 200 Archer electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for air taxi service.

How to Fly a Helicopter

How to Fly a Helicopter

This short video from Pilot Yellow provides an incredibly concise and easy to understand explanation of the basics of helicopter flight, using a small Guimbal Cabri G2 chopper to demonstrate. While it doesn’t go into the complexities of weather or flight safety, it’s a great primer on what all of those controls do.

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Aircraft Window Bar Shelf

Aircraft Window Bar Shelf
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Handcrafted by a Boeing long-haul pilot and an aircraft metal worker, this unique wall shelf is based on the dimensions of a 777 jumbo jet. The 44″ wide shelf has three portals for storing and showing off your barware or other small objects. It’s made from laser-cut aluminum with real rivets and upcycled pallet wood.

LEGO Ideas Steampunk Airship

LEGO Ideas Steampunk Airship

Designed by LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member BrickHammer, this wondrous 2720-piece flying machine combines pirate-themed elements, steampunk aesthetics, and a splash of color. Despite the pirate ship looks, its creator says it’s a flying research vessel with defensive cannons to take on space pirates.

Manned Racing Drone

Manned Racing Drone

Over the years, we’ve seen a couple of drones that could carry a person, but none of them were designed for speed. FliteTest visited with the guys at the Drone Champions League (DCL), who built a single-person flyer with a Formula One cockpit for maximum speed. For now, they’re only flying it with a dummy, but it is awesome.

Hayao Miyazaki’s Airships

Hayao Miyazaki’s Airships

There’s a whole lot to love about the visuals and storytelling in Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Among his regular subjects are flying machines, and The Royal Ocean Film Society takes to the skies to find out why they’re a recurring theme, and why aircraft are so important to this master of anime.

DIY Flying Car

DIY Flying Car

Fed up with the terrible traffic in the Philippines capital of Manila, inventor Kyxz Mendoza decided to build himself a vehicle that he hopes to fly OVER the jams. His 16-rotor carbon fiber-wrapped metal drone has seating for one, and flies for up to 15 minutes on a 2.5 hour charge.

Homemade Spacecraft

Homemade Spacecraft

Luke Geissbuhler and his family attached an HD camera to a weather balloon and sent it skywards. On its 100,000-foot odyssey, it captured some incredible footage and landed safely back on Earth.

B&R BR01-92 Radar Watch

B&R BR01-92 Radar Watch

The latest watch from Bell & Ross is inspired by the radar you’d find in a cockpit. Three concentric discs rotate red, yellow and green bars to indicate hours, minutes and seconds. Limited to 500 pieces.

Concept: NASA Puffin

Concept: NASA Puffin

NASA’s Puffin is a one-man VTOL aircraft with top speeds of 300 mph; thanks to electric motors, LiPo batteries and carbon fiber composites, it’s not only green and light but stealthy.

The Frictionator Jet Truck

The Frictionator Jet Truck

The Frictionator claims it’s the only street legal jet truck in the world, and with a 7,000 hp GE J85 jet engine, we ain’t gonna argue; it’s mounted to a Ford F650 and tops out at 200 mph.

Style Your Garage

Style Your Garage
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Show your neighbors once and for all who has the best ride with Style Your Garage: it lets you Velcro tanks, fighter jets, racecars and other over-the-top objects to your garage.

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