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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.

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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.

B-1B Afterburners

B-1B Afterburners

During the 2017 EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, WI, a B-1B bomber took to the skies, and flaunted its mighty afterburners for the crowd. That cloud you see around the plane is a vapor cone formed by instant condensation. Kudos to Airailimages for the awesome video.

Airdog ADII Auto-follow Drone

Airdog ADII Auto-follow Drone

The latest version of AirDog’s autonomous action drone has a new 3-axis gimbal that fits the GoPro Hero5, several presets for scenic captures, and a user-friendly but versatile waypoint system where you can also set its altitude and orientation.

F-16 R/C Plane

F-16 R/C Plane

Pilot Christian Gschwenter’s amazing remote-controlled scale model looks and flies just like a real F-16 Cobra fighter jet. While its engine doesn’t have a real afterburner, it’s got a ring of LED lighting out back to simulate flame, and even can make smoke trails.

Workhorse SureFly

Workhorse SureFly

Designed to carry two passengers up to a height of 4000 feet at speeds up to 70 mph, this gas/electric hybrid quadcopter is small enough to fit in your driveway, thanks to its folding blade arms. It’s made primarily from carbon fiber, and weighs just 1,100 pounds.

Manned Multirotor Flight

Manned Multirotor Flight

AmazingDIYProjects spent countless hours building this crazy loud electric flying contraption using dozens of drone motors. He captured footage of the marvelous machine’s maiden manned flight. Second flight starts at 15:30, and POV footage at 22:30. (Thanks Rob!)

Nap-of-the-Earth Flight

Nap-of-the-Earth Flight

Pilot Linkerius posted this incredible seat-of-your-pants footage of a PC-7 trainer aircraft being flown on an extremely low-altitude course. A Nap-of-the-Earth (NOE) flight is designed to help fighter pilots avoid detection by enemies via radar or visual reconnaissance.

FlightLapse #01: MilkyWay

FlightLapse #01: MilkyWay

Sales Wick of BeyondClouds has the benefit of being both a commercial airline pilot and a pro photographer, which allowed him to capture this time-lapse footage of the night sky from the vantage point of his 777’s cockpit as they flew across the Atlantic towards South America.

Drone Trick Shots

Drone Trick Shots

Devin Graham teamed up with Cinechopper to rig up some drones to carry a variety of objects, from basketballs to bowling balls, then applied their precision flying skills to perform a variety of tricks and cause general mayhem. BTS here.

Chicken Bucket Airplane

Chicken Bucket Airplane

Peter Sripol and his pals like to fly r/c airplanes, but he tried something a bit different for his latest flyer by building a plane that uses two spinning KFC buckets to get airborne, courtesy of the Magnus Effect. Flight KFC185 hits the skies around the 11-minute mark.

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The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

The Future of Airliners: Aurora D8

Real Engineering presents the first in a series of videos which look at future airplanes which could disrupt the commercial airline industry which has been locked up tight by Boeing and Airbus for years. First up, the Aurora D8, an unusual jet with a “double-bubble” fuselage.

Autel X-Star Premium Drone

Autel X-Star Premium Drone

Autel Robotics‘ top-rated X-Star drone matches the DJI Phantom 4 spec for spec, but for much less money. It packs a 4K/30 camera, a 3-axis gimbal, a 25m flight time, dual GPS/GLONASS navigation, and the ability to control and view flight from up to 1.2 miles away.

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.

JetPack!

JetPack!

There’s nothing ordinary about a guy flying a jetpack to begin with, but Team Supertramp took things to a whole new level with the eyepopping visuals, vibrant colors, and smooth motion in their clip of a pilot showing off one of JetPack Aviation’s awesome flying rigs.

Scorpion-3 Hoverbike

Scorpion-3 Hoverbike

Colin Furze might have done it first, but Hoversurf actually plans on producing its drone-like hovering motorbike. The single-seat Scorpion-3 flying platform could also be used as a kind of taxi or to transport goods, but mostly it just looks like dangerous fun.

I Come in Peace, Wherever This Is

I Come in Peace, Wherever This Is

We’ve seen a firefighter’s helicopter visit a civilian because it needed water. On the other hand, this military helicopter that was caught in a snowstorm needed something far simpler – directions. Now that’s a story for the truck stop.

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Drone Meets Paragliders

Drone Meets Paragliders

If the incredible mountaintop footage of Tirol, Austria that Team Blacksheep captured with their TBS Vendetta FPV flying racer wasn’t enough, stick around long enough, and you’ll see the remote-controlled flyer zig and zag around a duo of paragliders.

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.

In Flight Northern Lights

In Flight Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis are one of nature’s most spectacular displays. It turns out that you don’t need to land on the ground up North to see them either. Photographer Aryeh Nirenberg captured this stunning view right out of her airplane window flying from NYC to Iceland.

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.

Flying Christmas Tree

Flying Christmas Tree

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the guys at R/C flying channel FliteTest rigged up a special Christmas tree stand with a set of rotors attached to it. The result: a tree which can easily follow you as you stroll around singing Christmas carols.

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.

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