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Great Planes F-86 Sabre Jet

An aviation icon of the Korea conflict, and the bane of the MiG-15 (Russia-piloted or not), the North American Aviation F86 Sabre Jet was America’s first transonic fighter jet and the first designed with a swept wing to counter the leading edge compression wave of near-supersonic flight. Now wannabe fly-boys can unleash their inner “Maverick”…

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The Concorde Story

Think about this – commercial airlines traveled faster 35 years ago than they do today. Technological advances seem to be limitless, yet we no longer travel at super sonic speeds as we did from 1976-2003. How did we flout the sound barrier at the end of the 21 Century? The Concorde. It was the result…

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Fly by design

Plane Pieces Inc.

The airplane stands in the pantheon of man’s most amazing engineering feats. So it seems fitting that the folks at Plane Pieces Inc. have developed a knack for recycling classic plane parts into stunning accents for the home. Thanks to relationships with prop manufacturers, repair shops, and designers — they collect and polish vintage parts…

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Icon 100: A5 Limited Edition

Back in 2008, we introduced you to the first renderings of the revolutionary Icon A5 personal aircraft. Small, light, maneuverable and sleek, it showed what portability and cutting-edge design could look like in a small aircraft. Well, ICON has now released info about the first production run of the Limited Edition ICON 100 A5. The…

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Fly By Numbers

Velocity Kit Aircraft

In the grand scheme of DIY jobs, we’re pretty sure building an airplane is one of the most ambitious (and ballsy) projects you can take on. Starting with a kit from Velocity Aircraft, however, can help make the monumental task slightly more manageable. Their business model revolves around selling comprehensive “experimental aircraft” kits that can…

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Eurocopter EC145 by Mercedes-Benz Style

Everybody and their uncle is slapping clothing brand names on vehicles. It started with goofy ideas like the “Eddie Bauer” Ford Explorer and the “Nautica” Mercury Villager minivan and now it’s morphed into the ridiculous Hyundai Genesis Prada Special Edition. Finally, a carmaker is doing it to someone else. Mercedes-Benz did just that by emblazoning…

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Cirrus Vision SJ50

Unlike The Stock Market, The Cirrus Vision Soars We got the chance to learn about the Cirrus Vision SJ50 and I’ve got to say that it’s a stunning mark of aviation machinery. This, in a time where the experience and innovation of flying conjures thoughts of delays, shoddy service and general inconvenience. The Cirrus Vision…

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ICON A5 Unveiled

[click on image to enlarge] Right now, a revolution is occuring in aviation. If you haven’t noticed, the team here at GP enjoys a healthy dose of vehicular obsession, be it by land, sea or air. That’s why we are excited that today, the ICON A5 shed its cloak at AirVenture 2008. This will be…

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Eclipse 400 Single-Engine Jet

[click on image to enlarge] Forget saving up for a car or home. A single-engine jet is what you need. An Eclipse 400 at that. The Eclipse 400 is a single-jet powered plane that cruises 41,000 feet aloft at a speed of 380mph propelled by the 1,200 lbs of thrust enimating from its Pratt &…

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2007 Cessna Citation X

With a top speed of 700mph (mach .92), a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet (max 51k) where air traffic is merely an afterthought, the Cessna Citation X will get you and 5 others to your destination in no time. On the other hand, the task of earning enough money to own one of these planes…

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HondaJet

As if there aren’t already enough cars you’re lusting after, Honda has to go and make the HondaJet. A 1+6 passenger Business/Personal Jet capable of taking you and your lucky passengers 1400 nautical miles (2583km) and a maximum speed of 420 knots (483mph). That’s enough to get you from LaGuardia to Miami-Dade International for a…