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.
Just because your airplane model looks like an airplane doesn’t mean you actually have to fly it like one. Watch as pilots Donatas Pauzuolis, Marc Faulhaber, and Gernot Bruckmann seemingly defy physics with these crazy indoor freestyle flights, captured by 777BlueAngel.
YouTuber Papierfliegerei made a significantly better version of his playful gun. The portable paper plane factory now has a modular construction for easier repair, and is more durable and more powerful. It can make and fire up to 120 paper planes in a minute.
TopFelya captured this incredible footage at a runway at London’s Gatwick Airport, as a series of jumbo jets each manages to successfully land or take off in a dense fog that seems to swallow up the planes. The mist coming off the wings of the planes is especially eerie.
Another of the many cool recycled aeronautical items from the Boeing Custom Hangar, this desk hutch is bookended by authentic instrument panels from a 707-320 flight deck. The sturdy shelf on top is made from a 1/8″ sheet of hot-rolled steel, then black lacquered.
The 560th Flying Training Squadron invited SmarterEveryDay for a test flight in the trusty Northrop T-38 Talon, a supersonic trainer jet used by the US Air Force and NASA. It gives us a thrilling glimpse of just how hard it is to handle such powerful birds.
Photographer Blair Bunting and his assistant wondered if Goose’s upside down Polaroid shot in Top Gun could actually be done – and done well – in real life. They managed to convince the Patriots Jet Team to help them recreate the stunt. Behind-the-scenes here.
Footage of Boeing’s 787-9 Dreamliner being put through its paces in preparation for the recently completed 2016 Farnborough Airshow. The takeoff and extreme banking maneuvers are especially impressive for a jet that can carry 280 passengers. More flying footage here.