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Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

There's nothing quite like a lazy afternoon flying your remote-controlled airplane, helicopter, or in this case, ornithopter, around the back yard. The airwaves are aflutter today as everyone outside the RC circuit realizes that not only are ornithopters a reality now for at-home enthusiasts, they've been around for over a decade. The video you're about to see, in fact, features an original model Sean Kinkade Park Hawk, originally released all the way back in 1993 and purchased just this week by RC lover, Nuvaero Flight System's Robert Eaton.

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Microsoft Flight simulator goes free to play with in-game purchases

Microsoft Flight simulator goes free to play with in-game purchases

No doubt about it, the free to play model is earning its wings. After years as one of the most respected flight simulator games out there, Microsoft is taking a new approach with the latest version, now renamed simply "Microsoft Flight." In the years since Fight Simulator X was released, downloadable content and Valve's Steam platform have redefined PC gaming, and in order to keep up Microsoft is making the core version of the new game completely free to play. For a given value of free, anyway.

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WolframAlpha can now tell you what flights are overhead

WolframAlpha can now tell you what flights are overhead

Generally, if you are using a search engine to search flights you will be looking for a flight that is taking off or landing. You would get nothing other than a list of flights with departure and arrival times. WolframAlpha has a new sort of flight search app that is very cool and would be lots of fun to use for kids and adults.

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United and Continental Airlines to get in-flight WiFi starting mid-2012

United and Continental Airlines to get in-flight WiFi starting mid-2012

If you do much traveling, you'll be glad to know that there will soon be more airlines offering in-flight WiFi, allowing you to enjoy your wireless gadgets in the skies. United Continental Holdings announced today that more than 300 of its United Airlines and Continental Airlines mainline jets will be getting equipped with WiFi starting in mid-2012 with the complete fleet being equipped by 2015.

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Bell 206 helicopter hits NYC East River

Bell 206 helicopter hits NYC East River

It appears that the NYC East River is the new home of a Bell 206 helicopter that took off earlier today after launching from the pad it would normally take off from along the riverbank. This crash has claimed one life and injured four more, two of these passengers seriously injured. This chopper was a private vehicle and went into the water near 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan. At the moment it seems that the only known reason for the crash was a possible mechanical failure.

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Hypersonic Glider Loses Contact with US Military as Speed Test Takes Place [UPDATE: Statement Released]

Hypersonic Glider Loses Contact with US Military as Speed Test Takes Place [UPDATE: Statement Released]

In a bid to become the fastest plane in the world, the US Military has at least temporarily lost contact with prototype Falcon Hypsersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) during its second test flight. This plane was designed as a global bombing prototype and was capable of a magnificent 20 times the speed of sound. This unmanned prototype plane was launched successfully today aboard a Minotaur IV rocket but was lost as the plane separated from the rocket in the upper bit of the atmosphere and began it's "glide" phase. All of this is according to DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the USA.

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Martin Hopes to Release Jetpack by the end of This Year

Martin Hopes to Release Jetpack by the end of This Year

An inventor named Glenn Martin has been developing a jetpack since the 1980’s, and it looks like his work is about to pay off. Ever since the Wright brothers first flight, science fiction has been in love with the jet pack. Who wouldn’t want to arrive at work wearing a shiny contraption strapped on their back? Martin’s invention looks like it is about to bring the jetpack from science fiction into reality.

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Jetman flies across Grand Canyon after jumping from helicopter

Jetman flies across Grand Canyon after jumping from helicopter

You might recall back on November of 2010 I mentioned a daredevil named Yves Rossy. Rossy is also known as Jetman to his fans. He gets the nickname from the wing with jet nozzles underneath that he straps to his back. Jetman launches his wing backpack by jumping off a helicopter or other stabile platform in the air and then firing up those jets for powered flight. Previously Rossy has performed loops and other stunts.

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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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