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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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Murmurations: The Mesmerizing Beauty of Birds in Flight

“The art of flying” is a short film by Jan van IJken about ‘murmurations’, the mysterious and mesmerizing flights of the Common Starling. In this 2 minute preview we see the constantly evolving patterns the dense swarm of thousands and thousands of birds make while in flight. The sound of so many birds is also overwhelming to the senses. For those interested, you can pay a small fee to see the full-length, 7 minute film at janvanijken.com Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/the-art-of-flying-by-jan-van-ijken/

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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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Homeland Security says there is no timeline for European laptop ban, but its still an option

Business travelers between the U.S. and Europe can breathe a small sigh of relief and clutch their laptops a little closer for now, anyway. Following a call between Secretary John Kelly and defense leads in Europe, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a statement clarifying that it would not seek to ban laptops from the cabin on commercial flights from Europe at this time. While a much-discussed expansion of the ban on large electronic devices in the cabin on flights to the United States was not announced today, the…

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