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ParaJet SkyCar

ParaJet SkyCar
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ParaJet is now accepting refundable $16k deposits for its SkyCar, which flew from the UK to Africa; the design has evolved since then, but the car should be ready to deliver by late 2010.

Video: F-35 Lightning II

Video: F-35 Lightning II

Liked the F/A-18F time lapse? The 80s music is a bit jarring, but this F-35 Lighting II video is far more thorough with a thorough run-down of the assembly and flight test processes.

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Video: Horten 2-29

Video: Horten 2-29

Before the B-2 bomber was Germany’s Horten 2-29, which NatGeo has recreated to test out its stealth abilities; the result? World War 2 London would have never seen it coming.

Corvette vs F/A-18 Hornet

Corvette vs F/A-18 Hornet

In the interests of suspense we won’t reveal the ending, but come on: a Corvette ZR1 vs an F/A-18 Hornet? MotorTrend’s “race” is a little silly, but still fun; the action starts at 8 minutes.

F-4 Ejection Seat

F-4 Ejection Seat

Fly by the seat of your pants through your office with this F-4 Ejection Seat; it features an authentic seat from the Vietnam-era F-4 Phantom fighter jet with matching aluminum base.

Video: 73 RC Airplanes

Video: 73 RC Airplanes

Just “plane” awesome: 73 remote controlled airplanes take flight simultaneously at the 2009 Joe Nall, a gathering of RC flight enthusiasts at the Triple Tree Aerodrome in South Carolina.

Hotelicopter

Hotelicopter

With 18 guest rooms, gardens and more, the Hotelicopter smells like an April Fool’s joke, but we’ll play along: it makes its maiden flight 6/26, so get those fictional boarding passes ready.

Stay on Target Tee

Stay on Target Tee
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Relive the legendary Death Star trench run of Gold 5 with this Stay on Target t-shirt, this time with equally legendary WWII era fighters including a Spitfire, Corsair and Warhawk.

24 Hours of Air Traffic

24 Hours of Air Traffic

Air traffic has never looked so beautiful–or been so interactive: artist Aaron Koblin has created Google Maps of 205,000 flight paths on 8/12/08; they’re sortable by altitude, make and model.

5th Gen Fighter Planes

5th Gen Fighter Planes

Pilot Alan Norman shows off Lockheed Martin’s 5th gen airplanes, the F-22 and F-35, above; he explains how stealth, aerodynamics and integrated avionics all contribute to air dominance.

Video: Icon A5

Video: Icon A5

While we’ve previously featured Kirk Hawkin’s Icon A5, Wired has an short but sweet video interview up with some great panning and in-flight shots; note: 15 second ad pre-roll.

ICON A5 Floatplane

ICON A5 Floatplane
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Engineered by the SpaceShipOne team, the ICON A5 is designed for recreational flying; it’s able to land on water, features wings that fold away and runs on unleaded.

Homemade F-35 Jet

Homemade F-35 Jet

Tired of waiting for the real-life JSF, Dutchman Arthur van Poppel has created his own drivable mini F-35; the plane is awesome, but Arthur, seriously… a John Denver soundtrack?

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World’s Biggest Airplanes

World’s Biggest Airplanes

Our buddies over at Dark Roasted Blend have posted The World’s Biggest Airplanes, which include everything from steampunk airships to monstrous, sky-splitting Russian planes.

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