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For Sale: Aircraft Carrier

For Sale: Aircraft Carrier

Britain’s Ministry of Defense has put the HMS Invincible, an old aircraft carrier from the Falklands war, up for sale to cut a deficit. Bidders have until January 5 to make an offer, so get cracking.

The Flying Car

The Flying Car
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Designed by a team from MIT, this 100 hp, 4 cylinder vehicle converts from a street legal automobile to a Light Sport aircraft in 30 seconds and easily stores in a garage. (Thanks Ron!)

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World’s Largest Private Jet

World’s Largest Private Jet

Rappers frequently name drop Gulfstream jets, but an unnamed billionaire just redefined high-class flying, spending $480M to have an Airbus A380 – a passenger jet – converted into a private jet.

WWII Airplane Camera Footage

WWII Airplane Camera Footage

This recently declassified footage was shot by cameras mounted on American planes – likely P-51 Mustangs and Thunderbolts – as they engaged in dogfights and attacked airstrips and ports.

The Airplane Suite

The Airplane Suite

Nestled in a cozy enclave in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, the Hotel Costa Verde’s latest 2-bedroom suite is housed inside the fuselage of an old Boeing 727 airplane. Guess they couldn’t find the runway.

The Singapore Suite

The Singapore Suite

The Singapore Suite, on Singapore Air’s A380s, is a deluxe haven of tranquility. Fully isolated from the airplane, it has a real bed, 3′ wide armchair and multimedia center with integrated 23″ TV.

Backyard B-50 Bomber

Backyard B-50 Bomber

Tony Nijhuis’ incredible R/C model plane not only looks just like the real B-50 bomber on which it’s based, it actually flies. The plane has a 19-foot wingspan, and took 2 years and $9000 to build.

ARC Rescue Chopper

ARC Rescue Chopper

Designer Leong Huang Zi envisions a future in which his duo-fan propeller aircraft is saving lives. While this concept military chopper will probably never see the light of day, we still think it’s cool.

Crow Attacks R/C Plane

Crow Attacks R/C Plane

YouTube contributor andrewid1976 claims he was flying his R/C airplane when it was followed, attacked, and ultimately downed by it’s natural nemesis, the hooded crow.

Flight Patterns Visualized

Flight Patterns Visualized

Aaron Koblin took data from FAA flight traffic control and ran it through a Processing application, After Effects and Maya to produce these incredible images of airplanes’ nerve-like interconnections.

Airplane Safety

Airplane Safety

In the event of a water landing, be sure to read over this handy flight safety instruction card illustrator Will Schneider found in the seatback pocket in front of him.

Airplane! = Zero Hour!

Airplane! = Zero Hour!

So we all know that Airplane! is one of the great comedies of all time, right? Well, did you know that the film actually drew much of its inspiration from a 1957 movie called Zero Hour!? Well, you do now.

Boeing Phantom Ray

Boeing Phantom Ray

The 36 foot-long unmanned aircraft could be used for reconnaissance and to deliver weaponry without putting soldiers in harms way. Boeing expects the prototype to take of as early as this summer.

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ABJ Explorer Jet Concept

ABJ Explorer Jet Concept

This concept design for a super-luxury jet from BAE and Design Q would have comfy chairs, a white marble entryway, and a pop-out “air deck” providing an elevated view of exotic surroundings.

A Real Paper Airplane

A Real Paper Airplane

People Too’s intricate paper model of a tiny airplane cabin will blow your mind. Check out the weensy french fries and airline mystery meat on the food trays. There’s even “coffee” in the mugs.

The Making of Florida One

The Making of Florida One

Just how long does it take to build an entire Boeing 737-700? In the bright, shiny world of Southwest Airlines (and with a smidge of help from time-lapse video), oh, about 2 and a half minutes.

Tempelhof Airplane Hangers

Tempelhof Airplane Hangers

Kolja Clemens turns a play on words into a squadron on the wall with her Tempelhof Airplane Hangers, named after an airport in Berlin; each bomber/hook is made out of aluminum.

Google Maps: The Boneyard

Google Maps: The Boneyard

The Boneyard near Tucson, Arizona is where old military aircraft permanently bail out, and is viewable on Google Maps; there are over 4,000 planes spread out across 2,600 acres.

Video: Airborne Laser

Video: Airborne Laser

Nothing explodes, but we’re still dazzled by this test of a jet-mounted airborne laser (ABL) as it targets a MARTI missile loaded with sensors; a shoot-down test takes place later this year.

Quanum R/C Bomb System

Quanum R/C Bomb System
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The last thing R/C enthusiasts need is an arms race, but the Quanum Bomb System is sure to be a blast; it drops a nylon bomb that can be filled with powder for explosive effect.

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Time Lapse: Hudson Miracle

Time Lapse: Hudson Miracle

David Martin honors the other hero of the Miracle on the Hudson; this time lapse video shows the recovery of Flight 1549’s Airbus A320 from the river next to his apartment. Thanks, Colin!

Fighter Sidecar Mashup

Fighter Sidecar Mashup

Henrik Toth’s Fighter Sidecar Mashup may not be particularly road or air-worthy, but it’s one sweet flight of fancy; it features a mini-WW2 cockpit bolted on to a Yamaha Wild Star.

Launch Trailer: Wings of Prey

Launch Trailer: Wings of Prey
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Actual aviators may want to look elsewhere, but Wings of Prey is ideal for casual WW2 fighter fans; it includes six theatres of war, 50 missions, 40+ planes, multiplayer, and future DLC.

Spitfire Sculpture

Spitfire Sculpture

Own a piece of WW2 history with this Spitfire Sculpture; limited to 24 pieces, it’s crafted from the Spitfire engine of an RAF ace who fought in the Battle of Britain; #13-24 sit on engine conrods.

DIY: Jim’s P-38

DIY: Jim’s P-38

Easily the baddest-ass DIY’ers ever, 81-year old Jim O’Hara and his wife have built a two-thirds scale P-38 fighter using little more than CAD plans; it made its maiden flight 10/24/09.

Fighter Provenance Pen

Fighter Provenance Pen

Dunhill’s Fighter Provenance Fountain Pen doesn’t just spit ink but fire: it’s made from the engine casing of a Spitfire fighter and features a propeller-shaped pen clip and plexiglass cap.

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