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Lisa Airplanes AKOYA

Lisa Airplanes AKOYA

Similar to the ICON A5, the AKOYA is a two-seater LSA with foldable wings. It also has a pair of skis and retractable landing gear, enabling it to alight on land, snow and water.

Supersonic Shattering

Supersonic Shattering

(Warning: Loud) A pair of supersonic jets fly low over the Brazilian Supreme Court building with spectacular speed, inadvertently blowing out numerous windows of the government building.

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Air Lair Seat Pod Concept

Air Lair Seat Pod Concept

Contour Aerospace and Factorydesign’s new airplane seating configuration stacks passengers in double-decker pods, packing more seats in, while increasing comfort. No carry-on space, though.

Wind Lifts 747

Wind Lifts 747

Winds going over 70mph rush past a scrapped Boeing 747 airplane at a boneyard in Mojave, California. It’s a basic lesson of aerodynamics. It’s a bittersweet metaphor. It’s a viral video.

Paper Airplane vs. Birds

Paper Airplane vs. Birds

A guy drops a paper airplane from the 18th floor of a building, and as it makes its lengthy descent, something unexpected happens. We can only assume the birds of prey thought it was lunch.

45-Foot-Long Paper Airplane

45-Foot-Long Paper Airplane

Tuscon’s Pima Air & Space Museum built a paper airplane that was so big it had to be lifted and launched by helicopter. The 800lb. plane hit a top speed of 98mph before it crashed to the ground.

Longest Paper Airplane Toss

Longest Paper Airplane Toss

Former UC Berkeley QB Joe Ayoob and airplane builder John Collins recently set a world distance record with a flight that never left its hangar at McClellan Air Force Base; he tossed a paper airplane over 226 feet. (Thanks Triston!)

Motorcycle Jumps Airplane

Motorcycle Jumps Airplane

Watch in awe as freestyle motocross rider Petr Pilat heads straight for pilot Kirby Chambliss’ stunt flyer, repeatedly jumping over the plane as it comes just feet from the ground.

Maho Beach

Maho Beach

Located on the Caribbean island of St. Martin, Maho Beach is adjacent to an airport runway. Departing planes whip up blasts of water and sand, and incoming planes, well, just watch.

The Walkalong Glider

The Walkalong Glider

Using a piece of cardboard to create a smooth updraft, this MIT genius is able to fly a paper airplane nearly a 1/4 mile before it runs out of steam. Find out how here.

24 Hours on an Aircraft Carrier

24 Hours on an Aircraft Carrier

The Seventh Movement spent a day aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the first aircraft carrier to host an NCAA basketball game and the last place Osama bin Laden’s body was before he was buried at sea.

9.5G

9.5G

Footage from an aerobatic plane flying in formation with the rest of its squad. The side view is a bit disconcerting at first, but it’s a grower. The song is Normandie by the Shout Out Louds.

A Perfect Landing

A Perfect Landing

(NSFW: Language) We’re pretty sure that there’s some shenanigans going on here, but there’s a remote possibility that one of these paper airplanes just magically nailed the perfect approach.

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Cylinder Radial Engine Table

Cylinder Radial Engine Table
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You don’t have to be an airplane geek to appreciate the raw beauty of this table. Made using a Lycoming R680 9 Cylinder Radial Engine from a US Army Boeing-Stearman PT-13.

Spitfire Fly-By

Spitfire Fly-By

(NSFW: Language) A reporter has a close call with a Spitfire as it flies by. We don’t think we’d react differently with an airplane that close to chopping off our head either. At least this didn’t happen.

AvA02 R.E.D. Serafim Jet

AvA02 R.E.D. Serafim Jet

Timon Sager’s conceptual private jet would seat just two occupants and offer high-speed jet travel to “Rich 25-40 year old risk-takers, bored by life, naturally curious and driven by their emotions.”

Heavy Traffic at Logan

Heavy Traffic at Logan

Compressing about 70 minutes of take-offs at Boston’s Logan International Airport into just over 2:30 makes it look like these airplanes are taking off just a little too close to each other for comfort.

Plane vs. Mobility Scooter

Plane vs. Mobility Scooter

Colin Furze, who built the world’s fastest mobility scooter, has pitted it against an airplane in this video. We recommend wearing a helmet if you’re going to fly down a runway at 70+ mph, though.

The Biggest Little Airport

The Biggest Little Airport

You wouldn’t believe it from the looks of this image, but what you’re looking at is an incredible, working miniature model of an airport. More images and videos of the Knuffingen Airport here.

FlyNano

FlyNano
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This lightweight, single-person electric vehicle will zip along at up to 43mph on water, and takes off at up to 93mph into the air. Flies up to 1.8 miles high. Water landings only, please.

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SF to Paris – in Two Minutes

SF to Paris – in Two Minutes

Compressing 11 hours into two minutes, Nate Bolt’s stop-motion vid of his flight from San Francisco to Paris includes sheer gorgeousness: mountains, stars wheeling overhead, and the Aurora Borealis.

Airplane Shuttle Launch

Airplane Shuttle Launch

A fortuitous passenger flight leaving Orlando saw Discovery’s recent final launch from the air. The (very cool) footage offers great perspectives on speed and trajectory. (Thanks everyone!)

Balanzza Truco Suitcase

Balanzza Truco Suitcase
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The Balanzza Truco is a smartly designed 3 in 1 bag that becomes a full size carry-on when stacked together; it can be customized for specific travel needs using any combination of its elements.

Jet Sledding

Jet Sledding

They have JetSkis in the summer, so why not JetSleds in the winter? These maniacs tied their sleds to skitch behind a Swedish fighter jet. They left out the part where the jet takes off.

NYC R/C Flythrough

NYC R/C Flythrough

The guys at Team Black Sheep managed to fly a remote-controlled plane through the city’s iconic urban skyline, capturing some incredible aerial shots with a tiny camera mounted on the plane.

Paths of Flight

Paths of Flight

GE Aviation created this amazing video which combines the flight take-off and landing paths of multiple airplanes into a single shot. Hopefully, the FAA won’t start stacking planes this close together.

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