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Flying

World’s Fastest FPV

World’s Fastest FPV

YouTuber Omegoolibird shows off what is said to be the fastest first-person view RC plane. The customized Vasamodel Fusion can hit speeds up to 265 mph thanks to its 2650 KV electric motor, which can spin at speeds up to 35,000 RPM. It sounds like an angry swarm of bees.

Tales From the Edge: Jeb Corliss

Tales From the Edge: Jeb Corliss

Daredevil flyer Jeb Corliss pays tribute to base jumper Uli Emanuele by attempting to fly some of the incredibly magnificent and dangerous flight paths his late friend was famous for. A truly immersive 360º experience you’ll want to watch in fullscreen or on a VR headset.

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Light Painting with a Drone

Light Painting with a Drone

Builder Tom Stanton attached a long vertical LED light bar to his drone, and managed to fly it horizontally to capture some cool long-exposure images. His design is based on Ivan Miranda’s light bar, but you might be able to pull off something similar with a Pixelstick.

The Foldable Drone

The Foldable Drone

The University of Zurich’s Robotics and Perception Group have developed a drone that can autonomously change size to fit through tight openings. The result is a stable quadrotor which can more reliably access disaster sites, improving search and rescue operations.

Hang Glider Close Call

Hang Glider Close Call

Gursk3 recently took his first hang glider flight. However, something went horribly wrong, and his safety harness wasn’t connected. Through a sheer feat of arm strength and will, he managed to hang on and survive the 2+ minute flight with relatively minor injuries.

G-AAAH

G-AAAH

Animator Lizzy Hobbs’ stop-motion short film pays tribute to the late Amy Johnson, a woman whose day job was working as a typist for a law firm, but whose real claim to fame was a record-breaking 9,500 mile solo flight from England to Australia in 1930.

R/C Podracers

R/C Podracers

The Phantom Menace was arguably the worst Star Wars film, but it did give us some memorable vehicles with its podracers. A group of R/C enthusiasts built their own custom podracers and buzzed them around in an exhibition, captured here by RC Media World.

Man vs. Wind

Man vs. Wind

We get a lot of nasty wind here in our hometown of Chicago, but nothing like the 457 mph winds that NASA’s predecessor made test pilots endure back in the 1940s. We’re surprised these guys still had their faces after this.

Loft: The Jetman Story (Trailer)

Loft: The Jetman Story (Trailer)

Loft: The Jetman Story is a documentary that features Jetman flying wing inventor Yves Rossy and his proteges Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen. The film sees them flying over the fjords of Norway and telling the story of their journey towards autonomous human flight.

World’s Fastest Jet Suit

World’s Fastest Jet Suit

WIRED takes a look at the Gravity jet suit, a plaything for the wealthy that makes James Bond fantasies come true. Richard Browning’s invention can fly at speeds up to 32 mph, though it requires a level of fitness and balance in order to safely fly it.

Hoversurf Hoverbike S3

Hoversurf Hoverbike S3
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Hoversurf is now taking pre-orders for its Hoverbike S3. The flying motorbike has a carbon fiber body, three-bladed carbon fiber propellers, and a battery that lasts up to 25min in pilot mode. It goes up to 16ft high and has a maximum speed of 60mph.

Bladeless Drone

Bladeless Drone

Engineer Mark Rober tipped us off to this impressive build by high school senior Stefano Rivellini. His flying machine uses four 90mm ducted fans concealed inside of a bent carbon fiber tubes. The result is a drone without the risk of injury from spinning fan blades.

Speedflying in Dreamland

Speedflying in Dreamland

A trio of pilots known as the Romaniacs fly through mountains, canyons, and forests in this thrilling and immersive speedflying video captured from the perspective of their helmet cams. Play it on the biggest screen you can find for maximum effect.

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Giant LEGO Helicopter

Giant LEGO Helicopter

LEGO fan and maker Adam Woodworth has supersized yet another model. This time he took the basic LEGO helicopter from the International Jetport kit and made a gigantic version that actually can fly. He had to use foam instead of plastic bricks to pull off such magic.

Gravity Jet Suit

Gravity Jet Suit

Gravity Industries is manufacturing a limited number of its jet suits. Powered by five engines mounted on the arms and the back, the suit lets the wearer go up to 32mph for up to 5 minutes at a time. Nine suits will be sold by Selfridges in London for about $450,000 each.

Flyboard Air Fun

Flyboard Air Fun

We’ve seen the insane Flyboard Air in action before, but never like this. Filmmaker Devin Supertramp spent some time capturing Zapata’s amazing flying platform as it zoomed overhead at speeds over 100 mph. We so want to fly one of these things.

Chemtrails Explained

Chemtrails Explained

The cloudy white lines that aircraft sometimes leave behind in their wake are commonly known as chemical trails, or chemtrails. But they’re technically called contrails, short for condensation trails. As Reactions points out, that’s because they’re mostly made of water.

Project Wingman

Project Wingman
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Project Wingman is an upcoming flight combat game for Windows in the vein of Ace Combat – easy to pick up and play, fast-paced and single player. The final game will have over 20 aircraft and over 40 weapons to play with. Download the demo here.

LHR to SFO in 4 Minutes

LHR to SFO in 4 Minutes

It’s a flight that takes about 11 hours, but thanks to time-lapse video and British Airlines captain Dave Wallsworth, you can experience the transcontinental wonder of flying from London Heathrow airport to San Francisco International Airport in 0.006 of the time.

Magnus Effect R/C Plane

Magnus Effect R/C Plane

Most of the aircraft have traditional wings or helicopter-style blades to take flight. But this contraption works very differently. Watch as an ingenious kid named Finley shows Essential RC his plane that takes advantage of the spinning Magnus Effect to stay airborne.

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The Beauty of Old Lahore

The Beauty of Old Lahore

Photographer Asif Rashid shares some beautiful aerial footage of his hometown of Lahore, Pakistan, showing off some of the wonderful old structures in the Punjab capital city. And after you take the tour, be sure to stick around after the end credits for a special bonus.

Giant Spruce Goose R/C Plane

Giant Spruce Goose R/C Plane

RC Media World presents footage of a remote-controlled airplane replica, based on Howard Hughes’ 8-engine H-4 Hercules aka “Spruce Goose.” Builder Jürgen Schönle’s surprisingly quiet flyer has a 12-foot wingspan, and can take off and land on water, just like the real deal.

A Terrifying Landing

A Terrifying Landing

Insane footage of a Eurowings airplane as it comes in for a harrowing landing at the Düsseldorf Airport during a windstorm. With gusts clocked at nearly 70 mph, we can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a passenger on this flight.

Superflight

Superflight

Made by three game design students, Superflight lets is a wingsuit flying game with procedurally generated maps. Aim for a high score by flying near or even through the mountains. Or you can just enjoy the rush of the wind and the supernatural sights.

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

Homebrew Electric Plane Pt. 2

A few days ago, Peter Sripol shared a video of him doing short hops on his homemade electric airplane. It was a sight to behold but technically… that wasn’t flying. This is. Peter got better batteries and finally gave the people what they want. Amazing stuff.

Homebrew Electric Plane

Homebrew Electric Plane

Flight fanatic Peter Sripol has built his share of small, unmanned flying machines, but he’s now turned his attention to something a bit bigger, building himself a single-seat aircraft powered by electric motors, and airworthy enough that he was willing to be its test pilot.

This Is Why We Fly…

This Is Why We Fly…

Incredible footage captured from the flight deck of a jet airplane as it descends above Queenstown, New Zealand. From the snow-capped mountains, to the orange sunset, to the puffy white clouds, it’s simply one of the most stunning real-world visuals we’ve ever seen.

Giant R/C Helicopter 2

Giant R/C Helicopter 2

This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered a huge R/C helicopter, but watching these mechanical marvels fly around never gets old, so here’s another for your enjoyment. Pilot Francis Paduwat shows off his 1/4-scale, 90″ long EC-120 from Vario Helicopter.

Large Formation Flight POV

Large Formation Flight POV

Pilot and adventure seeker Linkerius shared this footage of what he sees when flying in a huge formation of more than 20 single-engine military planes during an air show. It amazes us that that so many planes can fly so closely to each other and with such coordination.

Drone vs Roller Coaster

Drone vs Roller Coaster

We just saw a sweet video of a drone chasing down a locomotive, and now we have another awesome bit of aerial acrobatic footage as a quadcopter does its best to keep up with a couple of thrill rides at France’s Nigloland amusement park. (Thanks Hugo!)

Drone Buzzes Freight Train

Drone Buzzes Freight Train

NURK FPV and sponsor FPVDirect present some of the sweetest first-person view drone footage we’ve seen, as the pilot deftly maneuvers a quadcopter through a bridge, alongside and over a train, and turns in some thrilling loops and tricks the whole way along.

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