Airplanes that can lift off vertically, then fly horizontally are quite fascinating, doing away with the need for long and tactically-vulnerable runways. Real Engineering takes a look at the history of Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft and how they work.
A video has been making the rounds showing what it’s like to open an airplane slide from the passengers’ point of view. That’s interesting and all, but this clip of a slide being opened without an airplane attached is far more entertaining. Stabilized version here.
A few days ago, Peter Sripol shared a video of him doing short hops on his homemade electric airplane. It was a sight to behold but technically… that wasn’t flying. This is. Peter got better batteries and finally gave the people what they want. Amazing stuff.
Flight fanatic Peter Sripol has built his share of small, unmanned flying machines, but he’s now turned his attention to something a bit bigger, building himself a single-seat aircraft powered by electric motors, and airworthy enough that he was willing to be its test pilot.
Pilot and adventure seeker Linkerius shared this footage of what he sees when flying in a huge formation of more than 20 single-engine military planes during an air show. It amazes us that that so many planes can fly so closely to each other and with such coordination.
A pure-electric 2-seater jet plane designed to take off and land without a runway. The Lilium Jet can transition from hover to airplane mode once airborne, and is expected to offer speeds up to 300 km/h (~186 mph) and a 300 km (~186 mi) range, if and when it goes into production.
Aviation International News shares an informative look at FlexSys‘ morphing wing flap technology, which improves the aerodynamics of airplanes by eliminating exposed hinges and rivets. Apparently it’s made using a carbon fiber honeycomb core and a flexible composite skin.
These clever picture frames from South Korean design house TEEV turn any wall into the cabin of an airplane, looking out over the sky. You can load your own images, though it appears they do make them with a selection of cityscapes as well. Sold in a set of three.
During the 2017 EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, WI, a B-1B bomber took to the skies, and flaunted its mighty afterburners for the crowd. That cloud you see around the plane is a vapor cone formed by instant condensation. Kudos to Airailimages for the awesome video.
Back in 2015, Virgin Australia repainted all of its airplanes with a fresh new look. It took 18 painters, about 69 gallons of paint, and 11 days to complete each jet. The most fascinating part of the time-lapse footage is watching the old paint melt off after it’s bathed in thinner.
Josh and Josh of FliteTest check out an incredible build from fans at Flite Fest West ’17 – a gigantic version of their Super Bee plane, packing 10 engines. It took some trial and error, but the behemoth eventually got airborne. The plane takes flight at 3:09.
Return to the grand days of air travel with a meal aboard a replica Boeing 747 jumbo jet. $300+ for dinner isn’t cheap, but it’s less than a First Class ticket just about anywhere. This LA hotspot sells out months in advance, and they’re considering a Las Vegas location.
While it’s won’t push out the kind of air it would on an plane, there’s no denying that Phighter Images latest design is looks cool. It’s made from the nose cowling of a vintage Boeing 707, and fitted with a modern carbon-look blade. Available with an authentic or replica cowl.
Real Engineering presents the first in a series of videos which look at future airplanes which could disrupt the commercial airline industry which has been locked up tight by Boeing and Airbus for years. First up, the Aurora D8, an unusual jet with a “double-bubble” fuselage.
Henk Hesselink of the Netherlands Aerospace Centre presents a conceptual runway design, designed so airplanes can land from a variety of vectors to avoid dangerous crosswinds, as well as reducing concerns about wake turbulence caused by jets flying one behind the other.
After exploring cost as a limiting factor in the speed of commercial airplanes, Wendover Productions looks at how despite us all arriving at the same place at the same time, the bigger seats, drinks and meals of premium classes are big moneymakers for airlines.
Wendover Productions explores the speeds at which passenger airplanes get us around these days, and why they’re really no faster than planes were 50 years ago. In fact, between the cost of operation, safety limitations, and congestion, we’re actually slower these days.
Phighter Images’ aviation-themed tables are custom built from the ribs of airplane wings integrated with a sturdy metal base. Sizes range from a 4 ft coffee table ($5500+) or 6 ft desk ($7700+) to a massive 28 ft conference table, and can be embellished with custom artwork.
After tremendous response to their jet engine ceiling fan, Phighter Images came up with a lower priced model that looks just as cool. We love the carbon-fiber look on the blades. They’ve also got a smaller version in the works for kid’s rooms that will go for under $500.