For real though, how can you even control something going to fast? Like, I get it when you’re watching it form the first person point of view, and you have something giant, and you’re a few hundred or thousand feet above the ground. But a little R/C plane. Damn, some people are just skilled.
There are few airplanes as interesting as the SR-71. For those who don’t know (hopefully not many), it’s the fastest manned air breathing aircraft. That’s a mouthful isn’t it? Basically, like everything humans do, instead of simple “fastest aircraft ever”, we had to come up with a bunch of other criteria to subclass everything.
Anyway, the power of the SR-71 comes from it’s engines. Watching the video above to learn about all the crazy engineering that went into place to get the world’s fastest plane built. The video reminds me of those cutaway books you’d read as a kid. Except now it’s animated and narrated..
Here you can watch as the 737 MAX 9 and the 787-10 are flown in a synchronized aerial ballet that is one of a kind. On the ground each of these planes is large, but when you see them flying next to each other that close in the air you can really appreciate the massive size they represent.
Oh, and the neat thing about this all, while testing the engines on an 18 hour test flight, the Boeing engineers decided to have some fun and drew the outline of the plane via the flight path across the majority of the lower United States.
Have you ever wondered how big the engines on a commercial airplane are? They don’t look too big on the wings of planes right? Well, this my friends is the cowling of the engine from a Boeing 737. What exact engine model is not said, but that doesn’t really matter much does it? The multi million dollar machine is not actually sitting back there, just the aluminium housing. It looks much like an art project than something you could go out and buy unfortunately. Which is quite alright because I’m sure it would fetch quite a premium. And I wouldn’t have the space to properly display it in. I don’t think it should be regulated to a corner like it is shown. It should be front and center. Maybe put a few speakers in the chair and you can have a really nice movie viewing pod. Just be sure not to look into any flashing lights.
At one point in time, I tried to start up a website for people to share photos they took from airplane windows. I never had a chance to finish it which is a shame because it could have been cool. Anyway, Alessandro Merga one-upped every wing-shot I ever took with one of the Milky-Way. He took many different shots and had to process it in post, but eventually, he got the above, which is quite impressive if you ask me.
As much as the minimal light pollution, and less atmosphere that the light travels through, I really like the composites that Ian Norman has put together with light pollution from cities and the airplane itself. It’s really much nicer, but that’s photography for you, everything is an opinion.
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Here, you can watch his 20 minute video on how he achieved this feat:
I’m pretty sure I’ll be too exhausted from my Alaska trip to do much of the above, especially since half of my flights will be during the day. But maybe in a future trip I’ll attempt that. There’s really nothing to loose except time and frustration with the advent of digital.
Rolls Royce currently makes the most advanced Jet engines in the world. In this video series below you can see what does into building the brand new precision engineered marvel. I think the most impressive feat is that it only takes 20 days to build them. That’s efficiency there.
Arthur Sacek has made the construction of paper airplanes one step simpler with his LEGO creation. Ok, Simpler might not be the correct word since this looks far more complicated then necessary to make a simple paper airplane, but it is damn cool. He made it for Arrow. I’m not sure what the site is based on the video, and going to their website is just as useless. I guess they spent all their money on making a flashy useless thing as opposed to being productive. Oh well, they wouldn’t be the first.
You have to admit, that video was pretty well done. Professionally done I might add.
Not really a drone, but it’s what everyone is calling R/C flying things now, because it’s “a cool word that sounds like military” Anyway, the guys at Flite Test have made an R/C Star Destroyer, from Star Wars:
The thing is gigantic. So big that they launch it from a truck. A Truck. Being so large, it’s a pain to fly, and not surprisingly, it handles like crap. During the flight it lost the bridge, which didn’t really effect the flying, if anything it looks like it made it better. The big problem was when they tried to do a loop. It got stuck inverted. That’s what you get for trying to do space acrobatics in vehicles not rated for atmosphere.
I just cannot get enough of these 360 degree videos that are cropping up on YouTube, and generally all over. They are super cool! This one shows the inside of a cockpit of an Airbus A320 as it travels from Zurich to Geneva. The YouTube video isn’t as long, or as high quality as the initial one, but it’s easier to embed, which is why it’s there, but you can see a longer one at Blick.ch.
Yes, you read that right, and your eyes aren’t lying to you, the people over at Flite Test have decided to make a circle plane, or tubular plane. Basically, a plane with it’s wings arced up into each other to form a circle. It looks ridiculously unstable, at first that is.
First the started small, and eventually scaled up. When it’s flying, it’s pretty cool, and gigantic. One of the games they played was flying smaller planes through the hoop. It’s cool. In a smaller test another plane got caught in the tail, but couldn’t manage to drag down the plane. Eventually they had to hold it on a golf cart in order for it to take off. It also looks pretty redundant, with a big chunk taken out of it’s circle it’s still flying very stable, but then again, it has a huge wing surface area, so it’s probably alright.
I think the coolest part though is watching the giant thing fly, and fly pretty slow with the quick nimble fighters flying all around, and through it. Watching giant things fly real slow is cool.