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Whale Of A Plane: Airbus BelugaXL Makes First Flight

It's built for oversize cargo, but it also sports a smile: The Airbus BelugaXL took off on its first flight on Thursday, creating a unique sight as the jet with the bulbous upper half rolled down the runway.<p>The BelugaXL's paint job "features beluga whale-inspired eyes and an enthusiastic grin," the …

Aviation

What You Need To Know About the Air Force and Navy's Next Fighter Jets

Both services have new fighter planes in the works, and are trying not to repeat the mistakes of the F-35 program.<p>The announcement of the United Kingdom’s new Tempest fighter project marks yet another new fighter program set to delivery in the 2030s. In addition to Tempest, a new Japanese fighter, …

Military

U.K. Introduces New Fighter Jet: The Tempest

The fighter exists only in mockup for now, and is expected to enter service in 2035.<p>The United Kingdom has announced the country’s first entirely British fighter in decades. The new Tempest fighter project will primarily involve British defense contractors, forging a plane that could be used for …

Aviation

Watch France and Germany's next-generation stealth fighter, a 2-engine jet that looks like it'll outclass the F-35

The French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation recently published a video that gives a glimpse into what the reported Franco-German next-generation aircraft might look like.<p>France and Germany announced last July that they would join forces to build an advanced "European" fighter to replace …

Aviation

Watch Airbus give its whale-shaped Beluga plane a cute makeover

Airbus’s Beluga aircraft is named after the Arctic whale that it resembles, and just in case anyone was in any doubt about just how similar the two …

Aviation

The Dark World Of USAF Special Ops Air Refuelers And Their Modified KC-135RT Tankers

We talk to an elite group of specially trained airmen that fuel low flying special operations aircraft in total darkness and in radio silence.<p>U.S. …

Military

RIP B-2 Bomber: How America's Most Deadly Bomber Will Eventually Lose Its Stealth

Yes, this is going to happen. For decades since the bomber became operational in 1997, the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has been …

Shanghai to Los Angeles in 5 hours? Why supersonic air travel could boom in Asia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Shanghai to Los Angeles in about five hours, Tokyo to San Francisco in 5.5, Sydney to Los Angeles in 6.75: The next wave of supersonic flight could make traveling between destinations in the United States and Asia a breeze.<p>In recent years, a clutch of aeronautics startups has sparked …

Supersonic Travel

9 photos of the CH-53K King Stallion, the US military's most powerful and expensive helicopter

The US Marine Corps received its first CH-53K King Stallion on Wednesday, landing at Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina, according to The Drive.<p>"[This is] the most powerful helicopter the United States has ever fielded," CH-53 program chief Marine Col. Hank Vanderborght said in …

Airframe Profile: Inside the B-1B Lancer

Airframe Profile: Inside the B-1B Lancer

Heathrow rivals woo airlines as expansion plan languishes | Financial Times

The UK transport secretary’s warning was blunt: if Britain did not increase its airport infrastructure in south-east England, it would cost the …

Aviation

These are all the fighter jets in the US Air Force

The Air Force has a different kind of plane for every task, but its fighter jets are often its most visible aircraft, carrying out a variety of missions over any kind of terrain.<p>The first F-15 arrived in the early 1970s, and the highly advanced (though technically troubled) F-35 came online in the …

World's largest plane with wingspan bigger than football pitch to take first full flight

The largest plane ever built – backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his company Vulcan Aerospace – is set to take full flight for the first …

F-35 air-to-air missiles hit 2 drones at once in test: Fighter enters new era

When a single F-35 used sensors, on-board computers and targeting systems to find, track and destroy two airborne drones at the same time with air-to-air missiles, the emerging 5th Gen fighter transitioned into a new era for offensive attack missions.<p>An F-35 pilot fired two Advanced Medium-Range …

7 Bad Habits Truly Wealthy People Never Have

Almost all of those in the 1 percent have this in common: They don't spend their time doing these things.<p><i>What does the 1 percent do with their time compared to the 99 percent? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Success

Air Force Risks Losing Third of F-35s on Upkeep Costs

The U.S. Air Force may have to cut its purchases of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 by a third if it can’t find ways to reduce operations and support …

The US Air Force just gave a sneak peek of its plans for the next generation of fighter jets

The US Air Force Research Laboratory recently released a video showing what a sixth-generation fighter jet might be like.<p>The Air Force released the video to plug its Science and Technology 2030 initiative, which Heather Wilson, the secretary of the Air Force, launched in September.<p>The video shows a …

China's new stealth fighter uses powerful materials with geometry not found in nature

Metamaterials can make the J-20 an extra stealthy electromagnetic force.<p>China's new fighter, the J-20, uses a combination of stealth and datalinks to compete with the best fighters on the planet. Now, state media says the country is also mass-producing metamaterials for the aircraft, which could …

The next big thing in airplane tech is becoming a nightmare for some airlines

Pratt & Whitney's new PurePower line of geared turbofan engines is the next big thing in airplane tech. For commercial aviation engines, it's supposed to be the biggest step forward in 30 years.<p>They are set to power the next generation of narrow-body commercial airliners from Airbus, Bombardier, …

Inside the world's largest plane, which has a wingspan longer than a football field and could be used to launch a spaceship the size of a shuttle

The world's largest plane is so big, it needs two fuselages with separate cockpits.<p>It's called the Stratolaunch, and it's designed to launch rockets into space in what is known as low-Earth orbit, which means the spacecraft is between 99 and 1,200 miles above the Earth's surface. (Most space …

Space Exploration

F-35 aboard Navy ship in Pacific as US touts new era of ‘up-gunned’ air-sea capability

An F-35B Lighting II—which has been called a ‘beastly airplane—landed Sunday on an amphibious assault ship at an undisclosed location in the Pacific, an event the Navy touted as a new era of “up-gunned” air-sea capability, Stars and Stripes reported.<p>The F-35B was assigned to the 31st Marine …

China's J-20 stealth fighter jet has officially entered service

Ready to "safeguard China's sovereignty, security and territorial integrity."<p>The People's Liberation Army Air Force has officially deployed its J-20 stealth fighters to frontline fighter squadrons. Shen Jinke, a PLAAF spokesman, told the Xinhua News Agency that the new fighters were ready to …

What Keeps the B-52 ‘Stratosaurus’ Airborne?

The Air Force just can’t let go of the B-52.<p>In the world of heavy bombers, none has prevailed as long as the B-52 Stratofortress. The Cold Warrior …

China says its new J-20 stealth fighter has been put into combat service

China has put into combat service its new generation J-20 stealth fighter, a warplane it hopes will narrow the military gap with the United States, the Chinese air force said on Friday, making it operationally ready.<p>Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping modernization of the …

The F-15 Eagle: Inside One of America's Most Deadly Fighter Jets of All Time

<i>The F-15 was also designed with long range in mind. Carrying three six-hundred-pound fuel tanks, the F-15 had a range of three thousand miles, making</i> …

Military

Want a Side Hustle That'll Actually Make You Rich in 2018? Read This Book Now

Time to make that paper.<p>The podcast Don't Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller showcases creatives who make a living doing what they love. It tells the stories of people who have figured out how to pursue their life's purpose and get paid for it (it was also, incidentally, the #1 podcast in the "New …

Entrepreneurship

14 money lessons rich parents teach their kids

Author and self-made millionaire Steve Siebold has spent a lot of time studying the ultra wealthy. He's interviewed more than 1,200 millionaires and …

We're cutting F-35 costs, honest, insists jet-builder Lockheed Martin

Exec tells us they're knocking 14% off the price by 2020Lockheed Martin aims to knock 14 per cent off the cost of Britain's F-35B fighter jets over …

There's been a lot of good news about the F-35 recently

Based on latest news, it may have been a good weekend for the F-35.<p>The U.S. State Department issued a statement late Friday confirming it has approved the possible sale of 34 Lockheed F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters to Belgium.<p>The authorization permitting the sale of advanced defense …

Boeing and Lockheed Battle to Build Mach 5 Successor to SR-71 Spy Plane

A vice president at Lockheed suggested that it may have already built a prototype of its ‘Son of Blackbird.’<p>Aerospace giant Boeing has announced it’s …