Tagged With jets

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Video: We all know how badarse the Harriers and F-35s of the world are, but some of these other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircrafts from history are totally wild. The Williams X-Jet was essentially a flying one-man podium barrel thing. The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar was legitimately a man-made flying saucer. And so many other VTOL aircraft look like they have been ripped from The Jetsons.

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A submission to a Senate inquiry into the feasibility of Government's planned purchase of at least 72 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets says that the multirole planes will be instantly outmatched in air superiority by the airborne wings of competing countries in the region like China and Indonesia, and will fare even worse against future threats. It suggests — hypothetically — that Australia instead push for the F-22 Raptor, a jet that the United States has never sold to even its closest military allies.

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I forget how impressively thin and futuristic looking a B-2 stealth bomber is. I mean, just watch these two stealth bombers land at Royal Air Force Fairford in England, it looks like a UFO has just touched down on Earth and is ready to take over our planet. Or like a sci-fi fighter jet has hopped through a movie screen and been brought to real life.

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Briefly: I wouldn't want to stand in front of a fighter jet like this or see one in my rear view for fear of soiling my pants. The F-16 is just on the ground and undergoing pre-flight inspection and it still has such a commanding presence. Killer machine birds.

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Wow. Watch the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner pull off an amazing aerial display in preparation for the 2015 Air Show. You can see the big bodied jet pretend it's like a stunt plane and basically do tricks in the air. The most impressive has to be the take off though, the jet almost immediately goes nearly perpendicular to the ground once it starts flying.

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Dayshot: It looks like the entryway to a portal. Or like the pod of some spacecraft. But it's a US Navy sailor checking out the afterburners of a fighter jet. From the US Navy: "Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Ryan Draper, from Palmdale, Calif., inspects an F/A-18 afterburner in the jet shop aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73)."

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Fighter jets and aircraft carriers and fighter jets taking off of aircraft carriers are some of our favourite things in the world for so many reasons. One of them is just how perfect each launch has to be. Just look at how the wheels of the jet reach the end of the aircraft carrier as the fighter jet achieves lift off.