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.
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.
Defense company SAAB commissioned Gyro-stabilized Systems for a custom version of its C520 5-axis gimbal that can handle speeds of at least 300 knots (~345mph). The result is some crazy steady flying footage, taken on a Red Epic Dragon with the help of a $40,000 Canon lens.
The Yankee Air Museum aims to open an amazing new national aviation attraction in the old Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, MI. To kick off the latest phase of their efforts, they moved three classic planes back inside the plant. Support their efforts here.
LEGO machine building expert Arthur Sacek was approached by Arrow Electronics to design and build a LEGO contraption that could take a sheet of paper and turn it into an airplane. The result was not only a cool machine, but a great commercial. Behind the scenes video here.