World First: Solar Powered Airplane to Attempt Flight Across the Pacific

The Solar Impulse is one incredible airplane. Designed to be completely solar powered, it uses panels built into its wings and storage batteries to allow it to theoretically fly day and night, forever. Yep, you read that right.

Now, the Swiss team behind the project is attempting something never done before – to fly a solar powered airplane around the world. If the weather holds, the next leg will happen May 5th, and the Solar Impulse will be soaring across the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific.

Nike’s Conceptual Plane Designed for Professional Athletes

Design firm Teague and Nike have partnered to create a digital concept for a jet intended to transport professional athletes from city to city. Typically, pro sports teams and their coaches fly on planes with normal seating arrangements and listen to music for the duration of the flight – but, what if instead the plane offered rooms for massage and training, a film room to watch playbacks, and a lounge to simply chill? Welcome aboard that luxurious vision from Teague and Nike.

Windowless Jet Concept Gives Unparalleled Views of Outside World

You don’t hear many people complaining about jets having too many windows. The row of tiny peepholes they call windows are a poor view to the spectacular world outside, but Technicon Design – France has hit upon a stunning business jet concept that would really change that.

For their IXION Windowless Jet Concept they’ve completely eliminated windows in the cabin, instead imagining an interior lined with curving video screens. Using fuselage and wing mounted cameras, an unparalleled real-time panoramic view of the outside world would be displayed for passengers. Even Superman would be jealous of this luxury.

Fun Shots of a Toy Plane Cruising in the Sky

Varun Thota’s Instagram (@vnthota) has been blowing up recently with his series of photos hash-tagged #mytoyplane. The Macau-based web designer and developer already had an accumulation of metropolitan based images, yet his new series of him holding a toy plane in real locations have taken his creativity to new levels.

Reflections in a Safety Belt: In Flight Portraits from the Perspective of a Seat Belt Buckle

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When flying in an airplane, most people spend the duration of their flight thinking about the destination where they’re headed or the one they just left. Some scurry to get work done while others relax with a book; some try to sleep with their cozy neck pillow, but Nina Katchadourian turns her flights into an art project called Seat Assignment! You may have seen her Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Fleming Style floating around the web, and now we bring you reflection portraits taken from a seat belt buckle. According to Katchadourian, “Seat Assignment is born from an investment in thinking on your feet, from optimism about the artistic potential that lurks within the mundane, and from curiosity about the productive tension between freedom and constraint.”

Forget Flying Cars, Here’s a Flying Bicycle!

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Imagine this: you walk out to your garage after your morning coffee, hop on your bicycle, ride down to the nearby field, and then fly to the beach. Wait… fly?!

That’s the idea behind this wild Kickstarter project called Paravelo. They’ve connected a modified folding bicycle to a powered parachute assembly, creating a hybrid bicycle-trailer-flying machine. It’s an affordable way to get in the air, and to the airfield.

Art on Abandoned Airplanes in America

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Deep in the deserts of Arizona lay hundreds if not thousands of abandoned aircraft. Used for military and civilian purposes in a bygone era, these pieces of American history were just gathering dust, literally. Eric Firestone, an art dealer from Tucson, had the idea of painting on the planes and with further help from curator Carlo McCormick in the spring of 2010, the project began. Over 10 artists were contacted to participate and the first installment was completed and titled “The Boneyard Project: Nose Job.”