Awesome Airplanes

IKEA Chairplane

IKEA Chairplane

The guys from YouTube channel FliteTest love to make all kinds of crazy R/C flying machines, and their latest build is a doozie. They managed to convert a wooden chair from IKEA into an airplane that reliably flies. Lift-off at 7:13.

LEGO Kinetic Flight Sculptures

LEGO Kinetic Flight Sculptures

Jason over at JK Brickworks came up with this fun idea – a kinetic sculpture which features two airplanes flying through the air. After lots of positive feedback, he created an alternate version based on the trench run in Star Wars. Vote for The Pursuit of Flight kit on LEGO Ideas.

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Why Planes Crash

Why Planes Crash

Real Engineering usually teaches about how things work. But here, they explain some of the bad things that can cause complex systems like airplanes to fail and plunge from the sky. Despite the gloomy premise, the truth is that flying is safer than it’s ever been.

Giant Spruce Goose R/C Plane

Giant Spruce Goose R/C Plane

RC Media World presents footage of a remote-controlled airplane replica, based on Howard Hughes’ 8-engine H-4 Hercules aka “Spruce Goose.” Builder Jürgen Schönle’s surprisingly quiet flyer has a 12-foot wingspan, and can take off and land on water, just like the real deal.

How Overnight Shipping Works

How Overnight Shipping Works

The short answer? Secondhand airplanes. Hundreds of secondhand airplanes. Wendover Productions gives us an overview of the huge networks of airports that FedEx, UPS and DHL operate to make overnight shipping possible and affordable.

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

DCS: F/A-18C Hornet

The military aircraft simulator Digital Combat Simulator World (DCS World) is preparing to launch its “most authentic and detailed simulation” yet. Developed with the help of Boeing, this upcoming add-on introduces the versatile F/A-18C Hornet.

A Terrifying Landing

A Terrifying Landing

Insane footage of a Eurowings airplane as it comes in for a harrowing landing at the Düsseldorf Airport during a windstorm. With gusts clocked at nearly 70 mph, we can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a passenger on this flight.

How VTOL Airplanes Work

How VTOL Airplanes Work

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.

Air Travel in Real Life

Air Travel in Real Life

Comedy duo Tripp and Tyler envision a world in which the first-world problems of air travel are everyday occurrences, even when carpooling to work in the back of an SUV. We can so relate to that neck bend thing when waiting to deplane.

Opening an Airplane Slide

Opening an Airplane Slide

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.

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

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.

Homebrew Electric Plane

Homebrew Electric Plane

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.

R/C Jet Crash

R/C Jet Crash

This amazing remote-controlled model plane was a dead ringer for an Airbus A330-300 jetliner, and it looked absolutely fantastic flying about for the first 3+ minutes of this video. Sadly, something went horribly wrong right before landing, and the plane is no more.

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Insanely Fast R/C Plane

Insanely Fast R/C Plane

By strapping a turbine powered delta wing R/C plane to a catapult, these guys were able to fly a model aircraft at speeds up to 451 mph, making it nearly as fast as a full-size jet plane. We’re impressed that the pilot was able to control and land it.

Large Formation Flight POV

Large Formation Flight POV

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.

Lilium VTOL Jet

Lilium VTOL Jet

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.

FlexSys Morphing Airplane Wing

FlexSys Morphing Airplane Wing

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.

Airframe Picture Frames

Airframe Picture Frames
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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.

Foam Airplane Trick Shots

Foam Airplane Trick Shots

The dudes from Dude Perfect prove they’re not just good at sportball, and turn in some impressive trick maneuvers with the help of some well-aimed lightweight foam gliders. The breakaway bottles were a bit of a cheat though.

B-1B Afterburners

B-1B Afterburners

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.

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Repainting Jumbo Jets

Repainting Jumbo Jets

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.

Homemade 10-foot R/C Plane

Homemade 10-foot R/C Plane

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.

The Future of Supersonic Flight

The Future of Supersonic Flight

Real Engineering looks at the economic and physical challenges of supersonic flight, and how Boom, a high tech startup hoping to bring back these faster-than-sound planes as a method of rapid, luxury transcontinental flight.

Pan Am Dining Experience

Pan Am Dining Experience

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.

Jet Engine Wall Fan

Jet Engine Wall Fan

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.

The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

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.

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