Roads and highways can often make good makeshift or temporary landing strips. While the practice is not common, armed forces still do train for the exercise. The video here shows a F-18 Hornet taking off from a highway outside Joroinen in Sweden. Shot in 2011, the video shows the highway was closed off for traffic while the Swedish armed forces carried out the training exercise.
South Africa’s Kulula Airlines has its planes dressed in a livery that is a far cry from usual standards. Perhaps the most interesting one is the Flying 101, a plane that is painted with descriptive words for most parts of the aircraft, and humorous quips to go with them. For example, it shows off the plane’s “Secret Agent Code” which happens to be its registration number, seats that are “better than taxi seats”, and a place dubbed as the “mile high club initiation chamber”, which just happens to be the loo.
Forty year old Laurent Aigon wanted to be a pilot. Since life has its weird ways, he could not achieve that dream and 40 years is probably too old to start in that line. So he did the next best thing, Aigon built a Boeing 737 simulator to enjoy the sensation of flight, and have his children enjoy the same too.
European aerospace consortium EADS has a new idea for the future, an airplane that is less noisy and has cleaner emissions. The future here, is talking about 2050 though. E-Thrust is a collaboration between EADS Innovation Works program and engine manufacturer Rolls Royce. Working quite like some hybrid cars, the basic idea is to have batteries and motors power up airplanes for the flight.
Being rich and having a personal aircraft is okay, but what you really want is a personal jet. One that goes 0.99 Mach and costs $7,000,000. Even while being on the pricey side, the manufacturers have kept the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Saker S-1 Personal Jet in sight. It is dubbed 20% more efficient than its competitors and has a claimed operating cost of just $2 per nautical mile.
Jeff Bloch, a Police Officer from Kershaw, South Carolina in the USA has a car that is bound to attract attention. Spirit of LeMons as it is called, was built by the officer and his friends by combining an abandoned Cessna aircraft and a Toyota van. The ride now is 27-foot long, looks like an airplane, runs on the road and can reach a top speed of 90 miles an hour.
If you’ve got a taste for aviation, super hot technology or just a view from the cockpit of an F-18, this video should take care of your needs. The video is the work of Carrier Strike Group 8 and shows the complete experience of flying a VFA-103 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower.
The video by Cy Kuckenbaker shows all landings at the San Diego Airport on Nov 23, 2012 between 1030am and 300pm.
That “face” you see here isn’t flying out of someone’s imagination. It is very much a truth that appears whenever airplane fly. It isn’t just clearly visible because the air isn’t colored like the green fog in the image that was placed especially for this test. These happen to be wingtip vortices; not entirely uncommon, but super cool to look at, especially when you set up an experiment specifically for them. Hit ahead for the gif image of the action, and if you want it more hardcore, there’s a video too (action begins at 5min 53seconds).
Lamborghini Aventador races the F16 Fighting Falcon on the tarmac. You don’t get to challenge an F16 unless you’ve got some good ol’ muscle to back you up.