Published on Feb 25, 2014

UFO? Try top secret military aircraft. These are the most mysterious military airplanes, jets and space planes flying today, including the infamous Aurora black triangle, the Boeing X-37, the new Northrop Grumman unmanned RQ-180 stealth drone, the Blackstar space bomber, and stealth Black Hawk helicopters.

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These incredible black projects were developed under the watch of the US Air Force, the US Navy, the CIA, the US Army and NASA. With numerous sightings, they’ve been the subject of conspiracy theories and investigations for decades.

Tested in top secret locations like Area 51, evidence and footage is difficult to obtain but rumors of their existence continue to persist.

So buckle up for a look at the 5 most secret military aircraft, and don’t be surprised if y...

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Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

LONDON (AP) — The next big thing in aviation may be really small.

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week’s Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner.

What’s got aviation geeks salivating at Farnborough, this year’s biggest aviation jamboree that features participants from 40 countries, are the commercial possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles – drones to most of us.

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Drones are more commonly known for their use in conflict areas. This week Hamas launched for the first time an unmanned drone into Israeli airspace that was shot down.

But drones, which can weigh less than an ounce, have potential commercial applications that are vast...

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Meet the planes that find their own way home in this video

Thanks to a cool combination of on-board computing and geospatial satellite location systems, planes can now “see” their way down onto an airport runway, and calculate smoothest and most efficient landing pattern.

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Using a technology called required navigation performance (RNP) flight navigation systems are now able to plot a route through a 3 dimensional space, avoiding geographical features like mountains, as well as residential or security no-fly-zones.

RNP was first used to navigate through the treacherous Gastineau Channel in Alaska, in 1996, and quickly spread to other mountainous areas where traditional radio signal landing systems were ineffective.

According to Doug Kelley, Program Director for Flight Efficiency Services at GE Aviation, RNP enables the aircraft to design fligh...

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Online Session on UAS Test Site Privacy Policy

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Map Showing State Distribution of UAS Test Site Proposals Across the Nation

The applicants are all public organizations, but private companies may be part of an applicant’s team. The FAA cannot provide applicant names and numbers by state during the procurement process.

The FAA held an online public engagement session on Wednesday, April 3 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. EDT to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the agency’s proposed privacy policy for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The FAA provided a brief overview of the UAS test site program and proposed privacy policy and then took comments from participants. Each participant had three minutes for comments...

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