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Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

Simplistic Lockheed drone flies like a maple seed

If you have ever set and watched the seeds drop from maple trees in the fall you know the inspiration for the new drone that Lockheed Martin has developed. The maple seeds have a strange single wing design and when they fall from the tree, they twirl their way to the ground in a slow fall not that unlike a helicopter.

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Siemens shows off hybrid electric airplane at 2011 Paris Air Show

Siemens shows off hybrid electric airplane at 2011 Paris Air Show

When we talk about green technology for transportation, we generally think about green cars powered by biofuel, electricity, or hybrids. There is a lot more in the transportation world working towards being greener and the aircraft industry is one of those places. At the 2011 Paris Air Show Siemens unveiled the world's first series hybrid electric aircraft. The airplane is called the DA36 E-Star.

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Green eGenius electric aircraft takes maiden voyage

Green eGenius electric aircraft takes maiden voyage

Generally when we most of us think about green methods of transport electric and hybrid cars come to mind. There is also a big green push in the aviation industry as well to get aircraft that are more efficient and produce less pollution. A new green aircraft called the eGenius electric airplane has taken its maiden voyage. This aircraft looks more like a glider than a Cessna and has a propeller mounted on the tail in the back of the plane.

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Man constructs homebuilt airplane in basement, knocks down wall to get it out

Man constructs homebuilt airplane in basement, knocks down wall to get it out

Undoubtedly, some of you will think that building your own airplane is the weird part of this story. There are actually a large number of people that want to get into the private pilot game, but can’t afford the hundreds of thousands of dollars that commercially built private aircraft sell for. For these folks there are a number of homebuilt airplane kits that you can buy in sections and then put together yourself.

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Experimental airplane and student pilot need only tens of feet to takeoff

Experimental airplane and student pilot need only tens of feet to takeoff

I've never been to Alaska, but I have watched enough Discovery Channel to know that if you live in some of the remoter areas of Alaska, everything you get has to be flown in by airplane. These aren't the big commercial jets that we see flying everywhere in most states. The aircraft used in Alaska tend to be of the smaller variety, and they are designed to be very rugged and to take off and land in only a few feet.

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Super Jumbo Jet Clips Smaller Plane at JFK

Super Jumbo Jet Clips Smaller Plane at JFK

An Air France super jumbo jet taxiing out to the runway clipped the tail of a regional Delta plane at JFK Airport last night, spinning it forcefully. The huge Air France A380, which can seat over 500 passengers, struck Comair flight 6293, which had just landed from Boston and was taxiing to the gate. There were 62 passengers and four crew members on board the smaller plane, and fortunately, no one was hurt. See the video after the cut.

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F-35 ejector seat gets tested using 600mph sled and a dummy

F-35 ejector seat gets tested using 600mph sled and a dummy

The USAF and the companies and suppliers that are working on the new F-35 fighter jet that is overdue and over budget right now test every component of the aircraft for operation and reliability. The aircraft is capable of some very fast speeds and since it is a military aircraft odds are at least one pilot will need to eject from the jet at some point in its operational life.

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Yacht Concept Shows That Huge Boats Can Fly [Video]

Yacht Concept Shows That Huge Boats Can Fly [Video]

Yachts are generally a good way for a concept to become reality. There's generally enough money being tossed around at any given moment on a yacht that, say, including an iPad-controlled thermostat (and many other functions) just seems logical, and not superfluous. But, there's a line where you have to look at a design, especially for something like a yacht, and just shake your head. Perhaps even roll up the plans, and start working on something else. For designer Phil Pauley, having a dream is one thing -- but making it a reality is something entirely different.

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NASA Showcases Airplane Designs for 2025

NASA Showcases Airplane Designs for 2025

With technology becoming more advanced every day, and even the way we build our vehicles getting better at a rapid rate, it's no surprise to see some of the designs for what the future of airplanes may look like. NASA issued a request to Boeing, Northrop Gurmman, and Lockheed Martin to design what the airplanes of 2025 may look like, and all of the manufacturers came back with their own take on what the future of flight may look like.

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Google Sponsoring In-Flight WiFi This Holiday Season

Google Sponsoring In-Flight WiFi This Holiday Season

Today, Google announced that they would be sponsoring more WiFi hotspots this holiday season. Following in the steps of their endeavor last year, which saw WiFi support for free in airport terminals across the country, Google sees fit to expand the service. They're now going to sponsor free in-flight WiFi, but only for the holiday season.

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