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Next-Gen Typhoon Tranche 3 Combat Jet Makes First Test Flights

The first-generation Typhoon fighter jets are considered the most advanced multi-role/swing role combat aircraft in operation, and the next-gen Typhoon Tranche 3 models are even more impressive. Taking flight for the first time in a series of test runs, check out this beast of the skies in these majestic videos. Read More >>

Freezing a Fighter Jet in Mid-Air with 30,000 Watts of Flash

It can be hard to take a good picture of something moving relatively fast, but it's really hard to take a good picture of a jet moving at 650-ish KPH through the sky. Yuri Acurs, stock photographer extraordinaire, tried to tackle that challenge with excess—in the form of 30,000W of flash. Read More >>

You Won't Believe These Soaring Fighter Jets Are Just Toys

What you're looking at is not a real fighter plane. It's a scale model that photographer Dan Ledesma shot to look like a real, full-sized jet. Badass. Read More >>

Inside the Pentagon's Trillion Dollar F-35 Embarrassment

It's not news that the Pentagon's fated F-35 program is riddled with dilemmas. For more than a decade, it's bumped into roadblock after roadblock. When the planes aren't grounded, they're forbidden to fly in bad weather, combat missions or at night. Vanity Fair just published a lengthy look at just how bad a mess it is. Read More >>

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This F-35B's Vertical Night Landing Makes It Look Like a Badass UFO

On August 14th, the amazing, hovering F-35B made its first, vertical, at-sea night landing on the USS WASP. We've seen it hover before, and even do a vertical take off, but man, nothing quite compares to the sheer night-vision, sci-fi awesomeness of this clip. Read More >>

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Bing Maps Has Revealed Russia's Secret Stealth Fighter Jet

Bing Maps is apparently really great at one thing: revealing classified military information. After capturing a top secret military base, Bing has now caught on camera a stealth Russian aeroplane that's been shrouded in mystery. The Bing Maps image above shows Russia's MIG Project 1.44, Russia's first attempt at building a stealth fighter jet. A jet that Russia might have sent to China to kick start China's stealth program. A jet that was supposed to be Russia's answer for the F-22 Raptor. Read More >>

A Private Jet Catalogue That Actually Flies: This Is How You Sell Luxury

When you're dealing with clients who will potentially be spending millions of pounds on your product, it doesn't hurt to splurge a little on your promotional items. After all, you've got to spend money to make money, so the brochure for Embraer's new Lineage 1000 private jet was designed to fly just like the aircraft itself — or float, at least. Read More >>

This Is What It's Like to Have an iPad in the Cockpit

American Airlines has been leading the charge when it comes to replacing old-fashioned paper with new-fashioned iPads, and the flight into a paperless future just took a big step. American Airlines is the first airline to have the iPad replace the bulky, Jepperson manuals, eliminating around 40lbs of paper in total. This is what that freedom looks like. Read More >>

Skyflash, the Personal Jetpack That Needs a Runway and a Death Wish

Skyflash is a German DIY invention that involves strapping a wing and a pair of rockets to man and seeing if it all flies. And, as today's latest test video shows, it does. Only at an altitude of a few inches, but it's a good start. Read More >>

A Prank Call Caused Two F-15s to Scramble to Protect an Alaska Airlines Flight

Two F-15s scrambled from Portland to meet Alaska Airlines flight 819 in the middle of the Pacific last night because there was supposedly a hijacker on board. A hijacker probably named Mike Crotch because there was really no hijacker at all—the whole thing was the result of a prank call. Read More >>

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Sharks, Mini Submarines, and Fighter Jets -- Yep, GTA V's Gonna Be Awesome

Just before Christmas, Rockstar's released five more screens from GTA V to keep you salivating over your controller. If you were in any doubt that the latest open-world pedestrian-squishing romp was going to be awesome, this should crush that. Jets, subs, and sharks -- what more could you want? Read More >>

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Look at These Two Pilots Barely Escape Death

This is completely terrifying. These guys were probably about one second from blowing up in a jet fuel fireball, but they managed to eject with only a hair standing between them and oblivion. Barely. Read More >>

X-51A WaveRider 300 Second Test Ends Up in Failure; Won't Be Hitting Mach 6 Any Time Soon

Looks like we won't be jetting off to New York in time for dinner any time soon, as the X-51A WaveRider test ended in failure a mere 15 seconds after it had detached from the B-52, sending the jet into the ocean with a resounding plop. Read More >>

This US Military Test Aircraft Can Hit Mach 6 and Jet From London to New York in an Hour

Hold on to your hats, as this is going to go fast. Although you're probably better off holding onto your face too, since this scramjet-powered, experimental aircraft can hit up to 4,500mph in a few seconds and jet to New York from London in just an hour. Woah. Read More >>

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This Is What Happens When Your New Carbon Fibre Plane Gets Hit By Lightning

Carbon fibre is awesome. It's light, incredibly strong and you can make almost anything out of it, including planes like the fancy new 787 Dreamliner. What it's not great at, though, is taking lightning strikes, and apparently planes get hit by lightning all the time. Scarily, carbon fibre is literally shredded by the strike. Read More >>

It's Got So Bad That RIM's Flogging Off Its Private Jets For Some Extra Dosh

Got a spare £4.5 million? Fancy buying a swanky executive private jet? Well the BlackBerry boys from Canada are thinking of selling off one or both of their two-year-old corporate jets to make the company a bit more lean. Well, I think they mean 'slightly less cash strapped'. Read More >>


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