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Russian Aerobatic Team

Russian Aerobatic Team

Awesome – and surprisingly soothing – footage from inside and outside the cockpits of Russian stunt flyers as they took to the skies over Penza in celebration of City Day. Video by STALFORM Engineering. Best watched in full screen HD.

Eagle POV 2

Eagle POV 2

YouTuber Srachi is back with more footage taken by his special cameraman – er, camerabird. Watch it soar through a variety of landscapes and even past its human friends. Who needs a quadcopter when you have an eagle?

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R/C Flying Witch

R/C Flying Witch

R/C builder Otto Dieffenbach has made men fly before, but this time he’s outdone himself, making a flyable witch (or is it a warlock?) on a broomstick. What we wouldn’t give to have one of these this Halloween – with a pointy hat.

Red Bull Air Force: Rio Wingsuits

Red Bull Air Force: Rio Wingsuits

The Red Bull Air Force team took to the skies over Rio de Janeiro to jump out of a helicopter and fly by the iconic Cristo Redentor statue in their wingsuits and fan-powered parachutes. More Rio footage here and here. Pics here.

Eagle POV

Eagle POV

YouTuber Srachi uploaded this awesome POV footage taken from a camera that was strapped to an eagle. The bird was soaring above the Mer de Glace glacier in the Chamonix valley in France. It’s at once amazing and soothing.

Jet World Masters

Jet World Masters

Jet World Masters is a competition where builders show off detailed scale jet models. The planes look amazing up close, but they really shine when they fly. The 2013 show is over, so you’ll have to wait til next year to attend.

How to Start up a Boeing 737

How to Start up a Boeing 737

YouTuber golfcharlie232 pieced together several videos to simulate the standard procedure for firing up a Boeing 737 airliner. Needless to say, it involves fiddling with dozens of cryptic switches, knobs, buttons and more.

Burning Man ’13 Drone’s Eye View

Burning Man ’13 Drone’s Eye View

Eddie Codel mounted a GoPro HD Hero3 and an Arris CM2000 gimbal on his DJI Phantom Quadcopter to take videos of this year’s Burning Man festival. The background music is by Fingers in the Noise. We’d love a nighttime version now.

Microdrone Crosses the Alps

Microdrone Crosses the Alps

Ever wanted to travel to the Alps, but didn’t have the time or money to take the journey? Well sit back for the next 22 minutes and enjoy a 7.5 mile flight to an altitude of over 7,000 feet in a 3-foot-wide Microdrones MD4-1000 UAV.

Hex Nanocopter

Hex Nanocopter

Hex is just like a tiny RC car, except it flies. It’s cheap, it’s easy to control and it’s easy to customize. It uses 3D printed shells with different shapes, sizes and number of propellers. It can also be fitted with a camera.

Red Bull Matadors POV

Red Bull Matadors POV

Red Bull’s stunt flying team takes to the skies at the UK’s Sunderland Airshow, and gives us a dizzying eagle’s eye view from the inside the cockpits and along the wings of their single-engine flying machines.

Summer of Flight

Summer of Flight

A beautifully-shot promo for the 2013 summer wearables collection from Staple captures models flying through the air in slow-motion, using a Phantom Miro camera. A truly imaginative way to showcase the clothes.

Saving Pool

Saving Pool

A couple of years ago YouTuber João Guimarães woke up to the sounds of a firefighting helicopter. The firefighters borrowed some water from his swimming pool to put out a nearby fire. The pilot’s maneuvering skills are amazing.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2 Power Edition

Parrot AR.Drone 2 Power Edition

A limited edition of the AR.Drone 2.0 personal quadcopter. It comes with customized inner and outer hulls, four sets of different colored propellers and two 1500mAh batteries for a total of 36 minutes of flight time.

First Flight of the Phantom

First Flight of the Phantom

Filmmaker Nicolas Doldinger captured this awesomely smooth fly-over footage around New York City using his GoPro Hero3 camera, attached to a Zenmuse H3-SD Gimbal mounted to a DJI Phantom quadcopter. We want more.

Aeros with Josh

Aeros with Josh

(NSFW: Language) YouTuber Anthony L. said his friend Josh is “a tad scared of flying.” So Anthony did what any pal would, and took Josh up for some aerobatics. Because that’s how you cure someone’s fear of flying.

RC Plane Fireworks POV

RC Plane Fireworks POV

For July 4th, the guys from Louisiana Hog Control sent their RC plane into the air and shot fireworks at it, providing a unique POV on the pyrotechnics as they whiz by the wings of the flyer. We want bigger fireworks next time.

ZEROº Helicopter Concept

ZEROº Helicopter Concept

A one-seater helicopter designed for zipping over rush hour traffic. We’re not certain about the airworthiness of Héctor del Amo’s chopper design, but we’re all over the concept, and hope to see something like it produced at some point.

Wings over Venezia

Wings over Venezia

Team BlackSheep took their R/C planes to the skies over Venice, Italy, capturing the beauty of the exotic city from a unique perspective. Apparently they had quite a time finding a place to land. Quadcopter footage here. (Thanks Niki!)

Parajet Zenith Flyer

Parajet Zenith Flyer

In Man of Steel, you’ll believe a man can fly. But for those of us without the powers of Krypton in our blood, these fan-powered one-man flyers are the next best thing, reaching heights up to 10,000ft and speeds up to 45mph.

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B R/C Car Quadcopter

B R/C Car Quadcopter

B is a remote-controlled car and quadcopter in one. Its body is made of durable polycarbonate while its wheel housings and propellers are extremely elastic. Its battery lets it buzz around for up to 15min. per charge.

Not Now, We’re on the Plane

Not Now, We’re on the Plane

Remember that scene in Transformers 2 with the parachute? No? We don’t blame you. Well as with most things, actually opening your chute too early is a bit more jarring in real life.  The goods are at the 27s mark.

R/C Starship Enterprise

R/C Starship Enterprise

An impressive DIY build in which R/C enthusiast TheMiro59 built a model of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D which can actually fly. It even has fiber-optic lighting. Though it flies using a propeller, not warp nacelles.

Insane R/C Copter Skills

Insane R/C Copter Skills

R/C pilot Bert Kammerer takes the lessons we learned from this helicopter flying video to a whole ‘nother level, flipping and twirling his chopper thorough a seemingly physics-defying flight. Bert, will you please come mow our lawn?

Landing Vortex Effect

Landing Vortex Effect

An Airbus A340 makes a landing on a foggy runway in Zurich, Switzerland, creating a beautiful vortex effect as its wings penetrate the misty night air. (Thanks Michael!)

Wingsuit Cave Flight

Wingsuit Cave Flight

Wingsuit flyer Alexander Polli keeps on living 2013 the way he started it: daring death to come get him. This time he flies at about 155mph through an extremely narrow hole in a mountainside.

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