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The World’s Biggest Aircraft, Stratolaunch, Emerges From Hanger

If you don’t already know, co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen, has been involved in an interesting aerospace development. The company he is in, Stratolaunch Systems, has built an aircraft called the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft that is billed as the world’s biggest aircraft ever built. By the virtue of its non-swept wing wingspan that stretches a cool 385 feet (117 meters! That’s longer than an American Football field!), Stratolaunch’s air-launch platform out wingspan the largest commercial jet, the Airbus A380, which comes in at 80 meters and it even dethrone the previous biggest aircraft, the Hughes H-4 ‘Spruce Goose’ Hercules which has a wingspan of 97.5 meters. Continue reading The World’s Biggest Aircraft, Stratolaunch, Emerges From Hanger

2014 Patent Reveals Amazon’s Intention For Warehouse In The Sky

Remember some aliens invasion movies where one or a few alien motherships hovering in Earth’s airspace dispatches smaller alien drones to attack Earth? Well, something that sinister probably won’t happen, but a similar, less sinister scenario probably would and you can thanks online retail giant Amazon for that. It has come to light that Amazon had, in 2014, filed a patent for an autonomous airborne fulfilment center that will shake up the ecommerce industry. Continue reading 2014 Patent Reveals Amazon’s Intention For Warehouse In The Sky

We Bet You Didn’t Expect Lexus To Designed A Spacecraft But It Did

Honda may have jet aircrafts now, but competing automaker Lexus just up the ante by dishing out a spacecraft. Ok, we exaggerated. It is not quite a real spacecraft per se, but a fictional one that will appear in Luc Besson upcoming sci-fi blockbuster Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. In fact, this spacecraft has a couple of fleeting moments in the teaser trailer released earlier in November. At 0:39 mark, a pair of the Lexus-branded spacecraft can be seen in the background and at 1:17 mark, one of the pursuit craft can be seen zipping through the space. Continue reading We Bet You Didn’t Expect Lexus To Designed A Spacecraft But It Did

Russia’s New Commercial Jet Sets To Go Head To Head With Airbus And Boeing

Russian aircraft manufacturer Irkut Corporation, under the wing of parent company United Aircraft Corporation, will soon have a new commercial jet that’s going to give existing big players’ medium range aircrafts a run for their money. The aircraft, dubbed MC-21, was officially unveiled back in June and marks a milestone in Russia’s aviation industry as the first medium-range passenger jet developed in Russian in this century. It has been a while indeed. Since the dissolution of Soviet Union, the country’s de facto flag carrier, Aeroflot, is mostly fleeted with western models. As of June 2016, Russian-made jets account for not more than 17 percent of Aeroflot’s fleet. But then again, that’s just Aeroflot and not accounting for other Russian airlines. Continue reading Russia’s New Commercial Jet Sets To Go Head To Head With Airbus And Boeing

Giant-ass HAV Airlander 10 Made Heavy Landing, But Everyone’s Fine

Some sites called it a crash and to be honest, that’s a little click bait-ish and much exaggerated. We see it as a heavy landing, which incidentally, I personally experienced a day ago when the regular Boeing aircraft I was on made an unusually heavy thump onto the runway. I grasped, but everything was fine. My immediate thought was, “God, they should get the landing checked if anything’s hurt in process.” Anyways, as it turned out, the much anticipated revolution in aviation, Airlander 10’s test flight was anything but smooth. First it was the delay due to undisclosed technical issue and then, on the second test flight on the 24th, it “experienced a heavy landing.” Continue reading Giant-ass HAV Airlander 10 Made Heavy Landing, But Everyone’s Fine

The World’s Longest Aircraft (And Biggest Butt) Took To The Skies

Nearly ten days after it emerged from its hanger in Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, England, the world’s longest aircraft, Airlander 10, has finally taken to the skies for the very first time on Wednesday, August 17, 2016. The flight marks another milestone for this ambitious aircraft which, when realized, will see a plethora of applications, including live event coverage, expedition and research, and data and surveillance – thanks to its ability to stay aloft for extended period of time, and also, the ability land on unprepared surfaces. Furthermore, being a slow flyer also makes it ideal for turning it into a luxury air liner for leisure air cruise. Continue reading The World’s Longest Aircraft (And Biggest Butt) Took To The Skies

This Is Amazon’s First Prime Air Cargo Plane, Amazon One

The President of the United States flies on Air Force One. The stuff you bought off Amazon could be flying on a One too, but obviously, your package will not be hitching a ride on the President’s official airplane. Instead, it could be onboard Amazon One, the online retail giant’s first ever air cargo plane. While hooking up with air cargo provider to deliver goods is not new to Amazon’s operations, Amazon One marks the outfit’s first ever branded air cargo plane and it is one of the 40 the company has agreed to lease through air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. As of now, there are eleven such aircraft with more joining the rank over time. Continue reading This Is Amazon’s First Prime Air Cargo Plane, Amazon One

This Boeing 747 Can Drop 74K Liters Of Fire Fighting Suppressant To Fight Fire

With the rising global temperature and longer hot season, the wild fire risk is not getting any lower and when you have a rapid moving fire threatening populated areas, it calls for a super fire fighting machine like an aerial fire fighter. Not just any aerial vehicle though, but one that can drop nearly 20,000 gallons of fire suppressant to stop the fire from spreading like what the Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker aerial fight fighter is capable of. With the ability to travel at close to the speed of sound, Global SuperTanker can reach any hotspot within the U.S. in 2.5 hours from its Colorado base, and virtually anywhere in the world in 20 hours. Continue reading This Boeing 747 Can Drop 74K Liters Of Fire Fighting Suppressant To Fight Fire

Airlander Emerged From Hanger And It Literally Is A Big-Ass Aircraft

It has been more than two years since we last reported about the Airlander 10, an airship/aircraft hybrid developed by UK-based Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV). Believe it or not, all those years since, it has not emerged from the hanger where it was being put together and subsequently, underwent a series of in-hanger tests. Today however, it has finally emerged from the comfort of the hanger and for the first time, the public had a glimpse of this giant of the sky. Airlander 10 is now out of the hanger at Cardington Airfield and it will be go through a series of ground systems tests followed by its maiden test flight – with blessing from EASA and the UK CAA, of course. Continue reading Airlander Emerged From Hanger And It Literally Is A Big-Ass Aircraft

Following U.S.M.C., U.S. Air Force Also Declares F-35A Combat Ready

The development of the F-35A has been a long, arduous one entangled with controversy, but all that is behind us now as the U.S. Air Force, following the U.S. Marine Corps, declares the F-35A joint strike fighter ready for combat by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command on August 2, 2016. The first squadron of F-35A, designated 34th Fighter Squadron of the 388th Fighter Wing, is based in Hill Air Force Base in Utah. Naturally, the chief has nothing but good to say about the fifth-generation fighter jet. Then again, the aircraft have to be better than good cos’ gazillions of bills was sunk into it to ensure the United States maintains air superiority. Continue reading Following U.S.M.C., U.S. Air Force Also Declares F-35A Combat Ready