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Plane Pieces

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Etsy shop Plane Pieces makes lamps, sculptures, tables and other furniture and accessories out of pistons, propellers and other parts from World War II-era aircraft. Items are limited and can be customized with different colors.

Flying an Airbus Indoors

Flying an Airbus Indoors

You can’t fly a real jet plane indoors, but watch Martin Müller’s 1:22 scale R/C model of the Airbus A310-200, flown impeccably around this German airshow a few years back. Its inflatable fuselage gives it that dreamy feel as it flies.

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Red Bull Air Race: Pylon Hits

Red Bull Air Race: Pylon Hits

When you’re flying around in a stunt plane during an air race, you’re not supposed to hit the pylons. But that doesn’t mean it’s not part of the fun for spectators. Here are a few of the best pylon hits from the Red Bull Air Race season.

MegaPlane Take-off

MegaPlane Take-off

A rare appearance of the Antonov 225 Mriya as it takes off from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This massive airplane has a 290ft. wingspan, 32 landing wheels, and six engines to help it lift over 1.4 million pounds.

Flying Five Jumbo Jets in Formation

Flying Five Jumbo Jets in Formation

We’ve seen how the Airbus A350 jumbo jet is made. Now watch in awe, as the French aircraft maker shows off the agility of their massive widebodied jetliners by flying five of them in a synchronized drill. Skip to 3:35 for the action.

How an Airplane is Made

How an Airplane is Made

Airbus took MinutePhysics on a multi-country tour of its facilities to show how thousands of minds and millions of parts come together to design, build and test its new A350 airliner. Worth watching just to see the Beluga in action.

Boeing Custom Hangar

Boeing Custom Hangar

Boeing’s Custom Hangar limited editions store offers sculptures, furniture and other decorative items made of old airplane parts, including ones from the 747, 727, DC9, P-51 Mustang, F-4 Phantom and B-29 Superfortress.

Carbon Flyer

Carbon Flyer

An R/C plane with a body made entirely out of carbon fiber, making it extremely durable yet lightweight. Its swappable battery lasts about 3min. per charge. It has a 640×480 camera, but you can’t stream the video feed live.

Jumbo Jet Agility Demo

Jumbo Jet Agility Demo

If you’ve ever flown on a jumbo jet and worried about the plane taking a steep angle or bank, this video should put your mind at ease – as test pilots show off just what the 280 passenger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is capable of. More here.

Soviet Russian Flight

Soviet Russian Flight

A group of people appear to push a 30-ton plane free from the frozen ground at the Igarka Airport in Russia. Officials say that a truck off-camera was that one that freed the plane, but some of the passengers are sticking to the story.

Folding the Perfect Paper Airplane

Folding the Perfect Paper Airplane

A couple of years back, John Collins broke the world’s record for the longest paper airplane flight. Earlier this year, John revealed how to make the same sort of plane for ourselves. Now, just try to break his 226 foot world record flight.

Aeromobil 3.0

Aeromobil 3.0

An impressive demo video of the flying car’s third prototype. Supposedly “very close to the final product”, the Aeromobil 3.0 goes up to 100mph on land and 124mph on air, and has a range of 540mi on land and 430mi in the air.

Paper Airplane Machine Gun

Paper Airplane Machine Gun

This amazing device was built using 3D printing, a cordless screwdriver, and mechanical know-how. What does it do? It takes flat sheets of paper, folds paper airplanes, and fires them. If ever a project needed to be on Kickstarter, it’s this.

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Warbird Pilot: Behind the Visor

Warbird Pilot: Behind the Visor

Rob W. Scribner’s short profile of John-Curtiss Paul, an air racer and warbird pilot. John flies and maintains legacy aircraft for the Warhawk Air Museum, a job that he’s well aware is a privilege, albeit a risky one.

IXION Windowless Jet Concept

IXION Windowless Jet Concept

Technicon Design’s concept luxury jetliner that replaces windows with panoramic projection surfaces which relay what’s outside the aircraft using video cameras. It’s a cool idea, but we can only imagine the glare on our laptop screens.

Airport Near Miss

Airport Near Miss

Three airplane videos went viral this weekend, the most dramatic of them being this nearly catastrophic screw up. A Boeing 767-300 about to land at an airport in Barcelona almost collided with an Airbus A340 crossing the runway.

Fulcrum Drivers II

Fulcrum Drivers II

POV and on board clips from Polish Air Force pilots in MiG-29 fighters. Watch them practice formations, engage in mock dogfights and even fire a missile. The song is The Glitch Mob’s We Can Make the World Stop. Part 1 here.

Man Pulls Boeing 777

Man Pulls Boeing 777

Using only a rope and a ladder, strongman Franz “Austrian Rock” Müllner managed to pull a 142-ton Boeing 777, moving it by about 48ft. Mance Rayder should’ve summoned Franz instead of the giants. More here.

Motorcycle Jumps Airplane

Motorcycle Jumps Airplane

In this insane stunt, motorcycle rider Cody Elkins hit a ramp while pilot Skip Stewart flew his plane directly beneath him. And the guys from Pixelworkers and AeroMedia Group were on hand to capture it all in slow-mo.

The Filmography of Aircraft

The Filmography of Aircraft

Calm the Ham follows up its Filmography of Cars poster with one that lists a hundred years of aviation in film. You can also pledge to get a Collector’s Book that has large versions of the 66 aircraft illustrations and more.

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US Navy VFA-27 Cruise Video

US Navy VFA-27 Cruise Video

A teaser for Shoot ‘Em if You Got ‘Em, a compilation by the US Navy’s F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter squadron VFA-27. The video features awesome cockpit and POV footage of the pilots flying and testing their weapons.

The Windy Airport

The Windy Airport

Birmingham Airport in England is plagued by crosswinds during winter, pushing planes around, flexing their wings and overall leading to white knuckle takeoffs and stomach clenching landings.

F1 Car vs. F/A-18 Hornet

F1 Car vs. F/A-18 Hornet

Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo takes on F/A-18 Hornet pilot Michael Keightley in an epic demonstration of speed on the ground and in the air, while comparing notes on how they each arrived at their incredible careers.

Manila Folder 777

Manila Folder 777

This amazing 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777 airliner is being crafted from thousands of meticulously cut pieces of manila folders by papercraft artist Luca Iaconi-Stewart. The doors even have working hinges. WIP videos here.

Flying Tiare

Flying Tiare

A typical commercial flight as seen from the point of view of pilots, mechanics and other airline crew. This amazing time-lapse POV video was captured by engineer Lionel Rabaud and his friends for Air Tahiti Nui.

Air New Zealand Smaug Reveal

Air New Zealand Smaug Reveal

Sick of snakes on a plane? How about Smaug on a plane? The greedy, strong and wicked dragon’s full form in the upcoming The Hobbit movie was recently unveiled by Air New Zealand, plastered on a Boeing 777-300. More here and here.

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