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Aerial Refueling Looks as Cool as It Sounds (10 Photos)

Aerial refueling is exactly what the name suggests: the transfer of fuel from one aircraft to another so said aircraft does not need to land. According to Wikipedia, it’s also commonly known as air refueling, in-flight refueling (IFR), air-to-air refueling (AAR), and tanking. There are two main refueling systems: probe-and-drogue, which is simpler to adapt to existing aircraft, and the flying boom, which offers faster fuel transfer, but requires a dedicated boom operator station. Since this is mostly a military process there are some cool (mostly US) photos online of…

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PR Disaster: United Airlines Has Apologized To A Passenger After The Bomb In His Suitcase Was Destroyed Mid-Flight

United Airlines has been no stranger to PR disasters in recent years, but unfortunately, this devastating new development takes the cake: The beleaguered air carrier has apologized to a passenger after the bomb in his suitcase was destroyed mid-flight. Bradley Horne was flying from the U.K. to Washington, D.C. on what should have been an otherwise easy airplane trip. But when he boarded the plane with a briefcase containing an improvised explosive device, a flight attendant took the bag from him and carelessly stowed it in a crammed overhead bin.…

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Heres the Worlds Fastest RC Jet Going 727 km/h (451 mph)

RC pilot Niels Herbrich first set the Guinness World Record on 14 September 2013 with a speed of 706.97 km/h at the WLP Ballenstedt airfield in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. In preparation for a new official world record time (seen here), Niels is seen here taking his turbine model jet for a test run and reaching unofficial speeds of 727 km/h (451 mph). Model: RC Speeder “Inferno” full GFK Engine: Turbine Behotec 180 Fuel: Kerosene Take-off weight: 7,5Kg Max Speed: 750 Kmh / 466 Mph Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/heres-the-worlds-fastest-rc-jet-going-727-kmh-451-mph/

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Boom has orders for 76 of its future supersonic passenger jets

Boom has a new design for its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet, the working prototype aircraft its creating to prove out its tech before beginning work on building real, commercial supersonic passenger aircraft. The new design was revealed Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, along with new business milestones: Boom has orders for 76 aircraft thus far, across five airline customers. Thats a lot of orders booked for an aircraft that doesnt actually exist yet, from a small startup, but you can tell why airlines are excited. Booms promise is one…

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