Awesome Airplanes

The Endless Runway

The Endless Runway

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.

The Economics of Airline Class

The Economics of Airline Class

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.

Advertisement

Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster

Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster

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.

Airplane Wing Tables

Airplane Wing Tables

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.

Jet Engine Ceiling Fan 2.0

Jet Engine Ceiling Fan 2.0
Buy

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.

R/C Airplane Freestyle Flying

R/C Airplane Freestyle Flying

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.

Insane R/C Jumbo Jet

Insane R/C Jumbo Jet

This massive remote-controlled aircraft based on the Airbus A-320 jumbo jet was built by Airstage.de. The airplane-shaped dirigible has a 15.7 foot wingspan, but weighs less than a pound. It might officially be an airplane, but it’s still incredible.

Alpha Jetman

Alpha Jetman

For his latest formation flight, original Jetman Yves Rossy and his two padawans flew alongside the French Air Force’s aerobatic team Patrouille Acrobatique de France. Definitely one of the sickest things we’ve seen this year.

Superwog Airlines

Superwog Airlines

(PG-13: Language) Australian comedy duo Theo and Nathan Saidden aka Superwog are known for their bad attitudes and short fuses, so who better to staff a jumbo jet than these two guys with a unique perspective on “customer service?” They’re no better as doctors.

An Empty Boeing 787

An Empty Boeing 787

It’s rare that a single image is as satisfying as this one, showing off the interior of a Boeing 787 jumbo jet without any of the seats installed. We like to imagine spreading out some sleeping bags on the floor when we’re not skateboarding around the cabin.

Near-Zero Visibility

Near-Zero Visibility

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.

707-320 Jet Desk Hutch

707-320 Jet Desk Hutch
Buy

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.

F-4 Exhaust Cone Table

F-4 Exhaust Cone Table
Buy

The Boeing Store’s Custom Hangar features custom furniture and accessories made from components of the company’s retired aircraft. One of our faves? This anodized aluminum table with the engine exhaust cone off an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet as its centerpiece.

Advertisement

Feeling the Forces of a Fighter Jet

Feeling the Forces of a Fighter Jet

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.

Dead Stick Landing

Dead Stick Landing

In 2014, pilot Mark Penell encountered a problem that would have caused lesser men to panic. His single-seat Rans S-10 airplane lost its propeller mid-flight. But Mark kept his cool, and brought the plane in for a safe landing without its primary means of propulsion.

Recreating Top Gun’s Photo Scene

Recreating Top Gun’s Photo Scene

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.

Starting a 737

Starting a 737

A highly abridged walkthrough of the many cryptic buttons and knobs pilots must use to start up a Boeing 737 jet. You’d think that with today’s tech, they could just punch in a destination, but these complex machines require significant manual input to fly.

NERF-firing R/C Plane

NERF-firing R/C Plane

If ajw61185’s flying scale model of an A-10 Warthog fighter wasn’t awesome enough, it’s got a cool trick up its sleeve – there’s a modded NERF Rival Zeus blaster inside, which can launch a dozen foam balls on command. You can see it fire at 1:02.

787-9 Dreamliner Shows off

787-9 Dreamliner Shows off

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.

RC Airplane Show Aerial POV

RC Airplane Show Aerial POV

YouTuber Mr Steele returned from the 2016 Joe Nall RC airplane show with footage that’s possible only through a camera-equipped drone and one hell of an operator at the controls. The song is The Glow by Big Data.

Advertisement

Combat Vehicles of the US Military

Combat Vehicles of the US Military
Buy

Pop Chart Lab’s newest print contains an illustration of every (known) United States military combat vehicle that’s currently in service. The 24″x 36″ chart groups the 180 vehicles into several classes, sub-classes and branch.

High Velocity Aerial Filming

High Velocity Aerial Filming

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 Willow Run Bomber Plant

The Willow Run Bomber Plant

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 Paper Plane Machine

LEGO Paper Plane Machine

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.

Why Airplane Windows Are Round

Why Airplane Windows Are Round

Released in 1952, the de Havilland Comet was the world’s first commercial jetliner. Sadly, engineers did not know at that point that a seemingly innocuous feature – square windows – would doom the pioneering plane and many people’s lives.

Building a Super Hornet

Building a Super Hornet

Watch the complex process of assembling an F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jet, reduced to just about three minutes. Each $52 million dollar plane is almost entirely handbuilt at Boeing’s St. Louis plant, with robots handling only a small portion of the process.

ADVERTISEMENT
« Previous
Next »

Home | About | Suggest | Contact | Team | Links | Privacy | Disclosure
Advertise | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Sites We Like

Awesome Stuff: The Awesomer | Gadgets, Games & Geeks: Technabob | Cool Cars: 95Octane
Site Design & Content © 2008-2022 Awesomer Media / The Awesomer™
Visit our Friends at: Not Always Right