In the early years of aviation, biplanes were all the rage for some, because of their superior stability over earlier single-span planes. Over time, as airplane technology evolved, biplanes became slow and outdated. But for nearly sonic boom free supersonic flight, oddly enough, the biplane might be the thing.
With a sequel to Top Gun in development, we now know that the film will have Tom Cruise in the starring role, but since it’s the 21st century, Maverick won’t be flying the F-14 Tomcat. Instead, Cruise will be playing a test pilot flying the F-35 Lightning.
Right now, unmanned drone aircraft can only fly over parts of military bases and along the US borders. However by 2015, the FAA will open up all US airspace to unmanned aircraft for military, law enforcement and civilian use. This is obviously good news to local law enforcement, bad news if you’re already paranoid about being spied on by The Man.
After a bit of a hiatus, Microsoft’s popular flight simulator is being reborn this spring as simply Microsoft Flight. And the other good news? It will be free to play, at least to start off with, with the option of purchasing additional content to expand your reach and options.
It was sort of a bummer when the Concorde stopped flying, but airlines wanted to go cheaper and more economical, not faster. But that’s going to change in the coming decades, as technology advances and the demand of super high speed air travel increases. But the new generation of fast planes won’t be as fast as the Concorde. They’ll be much, much faster. This concept from the ESA would take 300 passengers blazing above the Earth at Mach 5.
In the early days of military airplanes, attacks were limited to dropping bricks or shooting pistols out of the cockpit, since you couldn’t exactly risk tearing up your propellors by mounting guns in their way. But as a solution, this 11.8-liter WWI-era Hispano-Suiza engine has a 37mm cannon mounted directly between its cylinder banks.
There are plenty of apps that tell you when commercial flights arrive and take off from airports, but now Wolfram Alpha is the only one that can tell you what planes are high above your head at any given moment.
People do all sorts of things while jumping out of planes— knitting, ironing, playing chess, riding motorcycles, etc. But the FAA isn’t too happy for some reason about a porn company that decided to do the first mid-air fuck, with two porn stars jumping out of a plane while fucking.
Air travel is awesome, but one of the things that slows it down is that the damn plane has to land eventually and that can add hours and hours to the overall trip and it’s not the most fuel-efficient way to do it. In the future, you could take a passenger plane so far, land on a perpetually aloft airport in the sky, swap planes in mid-air and keep going.
While the US military isn’t looking to replace any of its fighters or bombers any time soon, it’s the job of defense and weapons tech companies to be constantly thinking about what’s going to be next. This above long-range bomber from Northrop isn’t going into production any time soon, but by the time the US is ready for a new bomber, this design that looks like it could be straight out of something like R-Type could be it.