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SR-71 The Music Video

There is not much else to say except watch this grainy 80s era video showcasing the fastest airplane ever made.  Watch it, enjoy it, re-live the golden era.

{reddit}

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Drawing a Dreamliner

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.

787 across America

 

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To the Edge of Space

Complete in full 360° glory!  Some crazy Russians (might not actually be Russians, but rather great Capitalists!) have attached a Samsung Gear 360 camera to the tail of a MiG as it flew into the stratosphere at speeds approaching Mach 2.  I will say, traveling at supersonic speeds is one of my all time dreams, and even though the clouds of this flight were boring, the knowledge that this type of trip is offered is enough to make me super excited for getting my own $20,000 together to try myself!.

{360 Rumors|The Aviationist}

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Re-creating Top Gun

There’s a scene in Top Gun where the jets are inverted and pictures are taken.  Naturally, it was a hit scene and people wanted to re-create it in real life.  Using the help of the Patriots Jet Team, photographer Blair Bunting fulfilled that goal. I think it’s super dangerous, but, let’s be honest, so are most awesome things.  Taking photos in planes upside down is nothing new, taking them only a few feet apart is something completely different though.  That required fast timing, luck, and training.  There’s lots of g-forces at play, and there’s also making sure that everything is within safety margins.

The final photo is pretty nice, but it looks quite fake to be honest though

{f/stoppers}

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Aviation Desk

the desk

I have a thing for desks.  I built my own oversized one (now that I think of it, I don’t think I ever posted that DIY, I should get on that), and I’ve wanted to make another one  of a different theme for some time now.  Well, reddit user SirLanceOlong decided to make his own desk based on an airplane wing design.  The design is just about the only thing aviation about it though, there’s far too much heavy wood involved in it.  I’m sure the desk is sturdy enough to put a small car on top of, but it’s grossly over-engineered, just my type of design!

desktop frame

Here’s a closer up view of the table surface as he adds the sheet metal to the frame:

adding metal

desktop view

 

I think my favorite part however is the pin-up girl painted on the side.  That really makes this desk transcend from a regular over thought out airplane wing desk, to a truly dedicated work of Aviation art.

desk pinup girl

He has two large (100 photo) gallery over on imgur and a smaller 50 photo gallery of the more final product.  Feel free to look it over, including the first inspiration photo.  I got to say, he did a good job of coming close to the inspiration.

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Helicopter Piolits are Crazy

I rest my case. {Aviation Chatter}