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Heater Jet RC Plane

Heater Jet RC Plane

YouTuber Samm Sheperd loves to make cheap model airplanes. One of his latest creations is a foamboard plane that flies using jet propulsion, thanks to an impeller that he took from a broken heater’s motor.

RC Boeing 747-400

RC Boeing 747-400

RCScaleAirplanes shot this video of an imposing 18ft.-long (1:13 scale) Boeing 747-400 model plane. Model Airplane News says builder Adi Pitz spent over 2,000 hours making it. Its jet engines sound as amazing as they perform.

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Stress Testing a Jumbo Jet

Stress Testing a Jumbo Jet

If you’ve ever wondered just how much stress an airplane can handle in turbulence, you’ll feel a whole lot better after you watch this test footage from Airbus as they push the wings and fuselage of their A350 XWB jet to the extreme. The water ingestion tests are amazing too.

Etihad A380 The Residence

Etihad A380 The Residence

Bryan Kelly aka The Points Guy made a name for himself by maximizing loyalty points, but he spent $32,000 to be one of the first to try Etihad Airways’ VIP trip from New York to Abu Dhabi. Here’s what he experienced. No wonder the 1% don’t want to share.

LEGO Concorde Concept

LEGO Concorde Concept

ABStract’s proposal for a mid-sized LEGO Concorde. It’s 31″ long and has an adjustable nose. It also comes with mobile ladders and a model of the plane’s engine. Check ABStract’s Updates tab for the latest mockups. 개인창작 made the physical prototype.

Living in an Airplane

Living in an Airplane

Since 1999, engineer Bruce Campbell has been converting a Boeing 727 into his home. He believes that instead of scrapping retired planes or leaving them in boneyards to rot, we’d be better off turning them into houses or even lifeboats for tsunami risk zones.

Airformer

Airformer

It starts out like any ordinary aircraft landing, but this video of a Boeing 777 coming in at Frankfurt Airport in Germany takes an unusual turn about half way through, thanks to the use of some clever VFX. You’ve gotta love the discussions on YouTube whether it’s fake or not.

Manila Folder A380

Manila Folder A380

Last time we checked in with artist Luca Iaconi-Stewart, he was building an intricate paper model of a Boeing 777 out of manila folders. Here, he applies his same incredible knife and tweezer skills to craft a replica of a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.

Joby S2 Personal VTOL Aircraft

Joby S2 Personal VTOL Aircraft

Joby Aviation’s two-seat fixed-wing flyer has 12 propellers to help it take off and land like a helicopter, but can stow eight of them and flip the other four to turn it into a conventional airplane while cruising. It uses electric motors to fly at speeds up to 200 mph.

The Gimli Glider

The Gimli Glider

On 7/23/83, Air Canada Flight 143 ran out of fuel in mid-air. The pilots decided to make an emergency landing on an inactive Air Force base in Gimli, Manitoba, but they didn’t know that the runway had been converted to a go-kart race track. Don’t worry, it ends well.

Porta Estel·lar

Porta Estel·lar

(Flashing lights) Playmodes used Eduardo Cajal’s upcycled fuselage to make Porta Estellar (Star Gate), an audiovisual installation that took audiences on a breathtaking six-minute interstellar trip. It was opened to the public in Barcelona’s Ciutadella park this past Sept.

Water Jet Takeoffs

Water Jet Takeoffs

Check out this amazing footage of a pair of Russian Beriev Be-200 jet planes, as they each roll off of dry land and into the water to take off, each spewing forth a massive wake and scooping up water into their fire-fighting bellies as they take to the skies.

Gaming at 10,000 Feet

Gaming at 10,000 Feet

To promote its SHIELD gaming system, NVIDIA dropped professional skydiver Jeff Provenzano from a C-130 Hercules transporter while playing games in his living room. They want us to question whether it’s real or fake, but we’re thinking it’s real, given Jeff’s credentials.

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Jetman Dubai x Emirates Airlines

Jetman Dubai x Emirates Airlines

Daredevils Yves Rossy and Vincent Reffet want to remind us that while we may not have hoverboards, we do have jetpacks. Watch as the two Jetmen fly in formation with an Emirates Airlines’ Airbus A380 over Dubai. Go behind the scenes of the impressive stunt here.

Seaplane Spin Landing

Seaplane Spin Landing

While performing a stunt, a seaplane was coming in for a touch-and-go landing on a lake, when it hit an unidentified object in the water, forcing the plane to spin out as it touched down. Fortunately, nobody was injured, but the plane required some repairs.

Airplane Street Landing

Airplane Street Landing

While most people install dashcams in their cars in order to record accidents, they’ve also been known to capture other events. For instance, this small plane made an emergency landing in Irvine, California, and taxied down the street along with the rest of traffic.

Working Jet Engine Model

Working Jet Engine Model

An incredibly detailed model of a GE turbofan engine from a Boeing 787 airplane, made using 3D printed parts, and capable of pushing out an impressive amount of thrust. Its builder, Harcoreta, plans on flying it on an RC plane soon. Build log here.

Soft Crash Landing

Soft Crash Landing

2012 footage of a Lockheed SP-2H Neptune making a nail-biting emergency landing. Not only did the pilot have to deal without landing gear on one side, but with strong crosswinds. Had the moving propeller hit the ground at speed, it could have been disasterous.

Insane Jumbo Jet Landing

Insane Jumbo Jet Landing

This KLM jumbo jet had to contend with strong crosswinds while landing at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. It looks funny now, like a gigantic drunk bird, but we bet the passengers and flight crew had a different opinion.

Airport Tilt-shift Time Lapse

Airport Tilt-shift Time Lapse

Photographer darwinfish105 turned Tokyo International Airport into a calming sight by miniaturizing and speeding up the hustle and bustle in and around it. I Am Robot and Proud’s Summer Colour also helped set the tone.

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Ski-Jump Takeoff

Ski-Jump Takeoff

Amazing footage of an F-35 Lightning II fighter jet as it takes off from an insanely short runway that works like a ski jump to angle the plane into the air. Stick around, and you’ll be treated to a vertical landing too.

Space Shuttle Endeavour over LA

Space Shuttle Endeavour over LA

This video taken from one of the Endeavour’s F/A-18 escorts shows the shuttle flying over some of Los Angeles’ landmarks before touching down at LAX for its 2013 parade. You can visit her at the California Space Center.

Landing without Nose Gear

Landing without Nose Gear

U.S. Marine Corps Captain William Mahoney recounts the harrowing experience of landing an AV-8B Harrier jet on the USS Bataan without his nose gear. The VTOL aircraft and its pilot were saved by what amounts to a simple hack.

Aerobatics with Friends

Aerobatics with Friends

YouTuber Sebb Stratta is training to be an aerobatic pilot at Take Flight Aviation. He’s also a good friend. Here he is alternately delighting and frightening the crap out of his friends on a Slingsby T67 Firefly.

St. Martin Landing Slow-Mo

St. Martin Landing Slow-Mo

The international airport in Saint Martin is known for having its runway insanely close to the beach. Here, world traveler Paul Luning captured one of the landings in slow-motion, and it’s visual that’s so unreal that you’d think it was a VFX shot.

Russian Air Force Museum Drone POV

Russian Air Force Museum Drone POV

This flyover of Russia’s Central Air Force Museum provides a unique perspective on these retired Russian airplanes and helicopters parked in the snow. The Concorde’s cousin Tupolev Tu-144 on the far left side is our favorite.

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