Could the Navy Ever Build a Flying Aircraft Carrier?

Moviegoers can easily recognize flights of fancy when they see the Avengers assemble aboard the flying “Helicarrier” aircraft carrier in Hollywood’s latest superhero blockbuster. But could the U.S. Navy ever build the fantastical military marvel if it wanted a flying air base? The Navy has experimented with less-ambitious flying aircraft carriers in the 1930s —…

Supersonic jets ready for take off

On a gusty March day in 1969, the future of air travel was revealed. A spontaneous burst of applause could just be heard over the deafening roar of the plane’s four giant engines as they sped the sleek aircraft into the sky. Twenty seven minutes later the screech of wheels and a whoosh of a…

Jets of the Future

Box Wing Jet Nick Kaloterakis NASA asked the world’s top aircraft engineers to solve the hardest problem in commercial aviation: how to fly cleaner, quieter and using less fuel. The prototypes they imagined may set a new standard for the next two decades of flight. BOX WING JET, LOCKHEED MARTIN Target Date: 2025 Passenger jets consume…