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10 Unusual Aircraft to Keep Your Eyes On

10 Unusual Aircraft to Keep Your Eyes On


[Reacher] Most of us have
traveled by air in some fashion but these creations are far
from your standard jumbo jet. This is Reacher and we’re bringing you 10 unusual aircraft to keep your eyes on. (pulsing electronic music) – [Announcer] Number 10. – [Reacher] This reinvention
of the helicopter has upped the personal flight game. Designed to fit two people, the SureFly’s eight
propellers are each driven by their own unique motor. Each of the four arms fold
down to allow it to be stowed away in a space the
size of a standard home garage. It’s intended use is for shorter journeys as it only has an approximate flight time of one hour per tank of fuel but with a top speed of 70 miles per hour and a flight ceiling of 4,000 feet this should be more than enough. If you’re interested, the company is currently
taking reservations. The expected price is around $200,000 with a projected release
date sometime in 2019. – [Announcer] Number nine. – [Reacher] First flown in 1978, the prototype of the Rutan Defiant was a proof of concept design
for a light twin aircraft. Designed by aerospace engineer Burt Rutan, it uses a combination
of forward and backward mounted propellers and a
push, pull configuration. The fiberglass over
styrofoam body has a length of just under 23 feet with
a wingspan of 31 feet. It topped out at a maximum
speed of 216 miles per hour with a range around 1100 miles. Certification was sought in 1979 but the company was
unable to secure financing which led to the design being
modified to a home built kit. As of 2005, there were only 19 of these aircraft
registered with the F.A.A. – [Announcer] Number eight. – [Reacher] Although it
doesn’t have an official name this entry from U.K.
based Vertical Aerospace is already in the prototype stages having completed unmanned test flights with full-size models. The companies objective
is to use these aircraft in a piloted air taxi
service by the year 2022. The body of the aircraft looks like a scaled up version of your
standard remote control drone with a central fuselage and rotors on each corner of the craft. There are plans to develop
multiple sizes of the aircraft with room for two to six passengers and a flight ceiling up to 3000 feet. The estimated flight range is 100 miles with a top speed of 150 miles per hour. Can you imagine a world
where being late for work is a thing of the past? – [Announcer] Number seven. – [Reacher] The word luxury
doesn’t do this machine justice. The Valkyrie is the flagship
of the Cobalt Aircraft line with it’s sleek exterior
that draws it’s inspiration from the look of a classic fighter jet and an interior that
is almost fully covered in hand stitched leather. It has a wingspan and length
both measuring 30 feet with a cabin that can
seat up to five people while still having plenty
of room for storage. The 350 horse power engine can produce a top speed
of 300 miles per hour with a flight range around 1650 miles. The original cost was estimated
to be around $700,000. As of July 2018, the project is running under the company name
of Centauri Aircraft. If you found this one interesting so far, be sure and hit that subscribe button and click that bell
icon to stay up to date on all of our latest videos. – [Announcer] Number six. – [Reacher] First developed in 1991, the Kaman K-MAX is the world’s
first helicopter designed with the sole purpose of
being used as an aerial crane. The narrow profile and
bulging side windows provide the pilot a view of any cargo and the surroundings from
either side of the aircraft. Upon closer inspection,
you’ll notice that this one has inter meshing rotors
mounted side by side and there’s no tail rotor. The single seater has a top
speed of 115 miles per hour with a payload capacity of 6000 pounds. Only 38 were built before
production ceased in 2003. The company restarted in 2015 with the first delivery
of a new unit in mid 2017. They’ve also created an unmanned
remote controlled version that’s been evaluated for
extended practical service. The standard pricing on this one? A cool seven million dollars. – [Announcer] Number five. – [Reacher] This single person aircraft, nicknamed the Koncepto Millenya, has the look of a standard
remote controlled drone if it were on steroids. It was modeled after a sports
car while trying to mimic the feeling of sitting
in a Formula 1 vehicle. The current prototype has
a top speed around 40 miles per hour with a weight
capacity of 150 pounds. In mid 2018 the inventor
partnered with Star8, an Australian company
known for their e-vehicles and green energy initiatives. The goal is to develop
a commercial version which can seat two people with a total weight capacity of 440 pounds and a flight time up to an hour. – [Announcer] Number four. – [Reacher] This next entry from Norwegian based Equator Aircraft finally hit the pinnacle of
testing after eight years with a successful flight
in January of 2018. The P2 Xcursion has side by
side seating for two people with an intuitive control set
up that uses the hands only. The electric motor offers a current flight time
of just under two hours while the hybrid system
can reach up to 6 hours. The maximum cruising speed
is 150 miles per hour with a range of 975 miles. The design also allows
for it to land on water as the landing gear can retract into the carbon and kevlar
composite air frame. The company recently ended
it’s crowdfunding campaign finding enough investment capital to reach their intended production of over 150 planes per year by 2025. – [Announcer] Number three. – [Reacher] Almost anyone
who’s ever flown can attest to disliking the time spent
waiting at the airport. This entry by XTI is set to
help eliminate that wasted time by offering direct point to point travel. The TriFan 600 is a VTOL aircraft that has a series of three ducted fans, two on the wings and one in
the rear of the fuselage, powered by a hybrid electric drive. The transition from take
off to cruising speed takes just 90 seconds with the plane reaching speeds up to 345 miles per hour with a non stop range
just under 1400 miles. At the end of the trip, the landing only requires
a helipad sized surface. The downside is that each plane only has a seating capacity for five passengers. – [Announcer] Number two. – [Reacher] The idea of a flying car is something most people would get behind so it’s no surprise that Samson Motorworks has created one that
is not only affordable but has a do it yourself element that allows the owner a more personal
connection to the vehicle. Switching from driving to flight mode can be done in under three minutes creating an aircraft with
a wingspan of 27 feet. In flight mode it has a maximum air speed of 200 miles per hour with a range of 450 miles. The company is currently
taking reservations for orders with an estimated cost of $120,000. Before we reveal our number one pick, we wanna remind you to
comment after the video and let us know which of these aircraft you’d prefer to fly on. – [Announcer] Number one. – [Reacher] This final entry
is touted as being the world’s first all electric fixed wing,
ultra light VTOL aircraft. Measuring roughly 13 and
a half feet long and wide, it has the fuselage located centrally between two fixed wings, one at the front and one at the back, that have four rotors on each one. The single passenger craft
has a range of 25 miles with a top speed of 62 miles per hour. The company hopes to be in
production sometime in 2019 with an estimated price around
the same as a standard SUV and the coolest part, as of right now, flying one will not
require a pilot’s license. – Hey guys, this is Cassie. I hope you guys enjoyed this video. Tell us in the comments below what you found to be the
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100 thoughts on 10 Unusual Aircraft to Keep Your Eyes On

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  2. I built model airplanes, graduated in Aeronautical Technology with an A&P and Pilots license.
    Later, I graduated with BS in Industrial Engineering and had a career as sales engineer for hydraulics and bearings. At one point in my life I lived in a building with 10 condominiums on the beach. If 5 of the 10 families had their own aircraft there would be some serious problems. Either at our parking lot or at the local airport.
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  3. That first one is the real deal – drone type motors but powered by a gasoline engine so no charging time. You also get a lot more power for the weight.That seems like it has real potential. You can take a real long journey and hop from gas station to gas station to refuel. They need to really improve the design and interior though.

  4. The first helicopter, needs more range and/or speed to be viable, in my opinion. The Rutan Defiant never caught on because its fore-and-aft engine location and canard design aren't popular with most pilots, although the Defiant is certainly an efficient, reliable airplane. Light twins in general are a lot more expensive to buy, own and maintain than singles. The Vertical plane is way too slow and lacks range. The Cobalt Valkyrie is too expensive to achieve sufficient sales to be profitable. The Sikorsky Skycrane did the same job and preceded the extremely expensive Karmin K-Max by decades.

    The Koncepto Millennia is too slow to be useful and frankly looks wield. The Equator amphibious airplane looks like a viable alternative to the ICON 5, although the placement of the engine atop the vertical stabilizer doesn't inspire confidence in me, what with all that engine and prop weight way at the back. That five-seat VTOL design is fast but seems a bit small to be an effective commercial people hauler. But the idea of faster point-to-point travel, bypassing busy airports, seems to me to be an attractive characteristic. Looks expensive though. Flying cars like the Moller Skycar and Terrafugia have been around for quite a while, but nobody is beating a path to their doors to buy them because they tend to be rather poor airplanes and also fragile, excessively expensive cars. A bit of damage on the wing means you'can't fly it anymore without an expensive repair. And the number 1 aircraft on or list hasn't enough sped or range to be a viable player in the light plane market.

    Many planes have got to the paper airplane stage but were never built. Even fewer reach the flying or certification stage but fail in the marketplace. Even less are a "better mousetrap." Or are perfect for the times. Or capture the public's interest. Or generate enough sales to make money for their manufacturers. The light aircraft marketplace has spoken: they mostly like tractor designs with the engine in the front, two to six seats, low stall speeds, tricycle landing gear, good cruise speed, say, at least 120-140 knots or more, with plenty of utility and range of a least 500-600 nautical miles on a tank of gas. Most airplanes are, after all, meant for commercial use or for privately-owned travelling machines, whether its owner wants to cross the country in a day (or two), or a short hop to the local airport and back for the one hundred dollar hamburger.

  5. "As of right now, flying one will not require a pilot's license." Yeah, let's just see how long that lasts when any numbnut who can afford an SUV can get their hands on one.

  6. I love the Sampson flying car. Imagine driving your plane to the airport and just taking off. Fantastic at $120K

  7. Fun to see these birds collected here,
    but, "a world where being late is a thing of the past"? Never! What ever the transportation, even if we get Star Trek beaming around going someday. Unless we become Borg, man ~ and woman ~ will find ways to be late to work! 😀

  8. They are all pretty cool and unique. I'll vote for #2, the Samson flying sports car. Just that if it's a good functioning vehicle that can go from my garage, to the airport and then again be my ground transport when I get wherever I want to go … that would be the most practical one to have. Toys I can use every day make life fun!

  9. iSureFly… 1 hour flight time and 70mph… if you are going to have reserve fuel, you aren't planning to go more than 30-40 miles. Who would want this for $200K? Yet, it's built to fit in a standard garage which I would think "size" is not a problem for the folks who have the $200K for short hops.

  10. The general population can’t be trusted with personal automobiles let alone personal flying machines. Think of the mayhem.

  11. I like no 3. VTOL type planes for small businesses & families are something that will stay with us. No traffic jams, no airport taxes etc. Ideal for the weekend getaway…

  12. These wll never happen in an urban setting. Good ideas all except for those 6 and over drone type craft lol. Failure is imminent with a small faiure and escape nearly impossible. There shall be requirements such as land ownership of 1 or 2 acres required for any such craft keeping them out of the reach of city dwellers. Established air lanes and mini airports will be must,just outside of cities and likely better near beaches where the wealthy can be free to own them.

  13. I like number 1 of your presentation. I live in a suberban area, the vehicle would be perfect for me as our farms are two and ahalf hours away by car. It would be great to take a quick look and see of our six farms periodically.

  14. None of these quite gets me.
    My idea:
    Think XV-15 tiltrotor, tandem seating and a seaplane hull. Landing gear also, like on a WW2 Albatross. If it had a pusher prop at the rear then it could be flown in autogyro mode with the rotors up but disengaged. In a 4 seat version it would be an almost perfect bush plane.

  15. "Flying cars" will never replace mass transit for the same reason you don't see rich ppl landing their helicopters at the local mall – The concept isn't supported by the rules of safe aviation.

    Ironically because of separation requirements there is actually more room on the ground for mass transit than in the air.

  16. For the money and convenience Id like the Centauri Aircraft that can go 1000 miles and speed of 300 + mph. Leather seats!

  17. I WOULD GO FOR the least expensive, longest range/highest speed, two seat, STOL or VTOL aircraft on your list.

  18. Some genuinely interesting designs interspersed with totally impractical stuff like the four rotor thing. Lose one and you'll quickly be falling from the sky. Or the plane with retractable wheels allowing for landing and take off on water. But with wings mounted so low that anything other than a totally glassy surface would have one wing ploughing in. I don't think so.

  19. We LOVE THE NO 1..V TOL..FLYING CAR WITH A PRICE TAG OF STANDARD CAR..ITS AMAZING GUYS..WORLD CANT WAIT TO GET THEIR FLYING CARS..LOW COST..ELECTRICAL..NO POLLUTION..LETS CLEAN UP OUR WORLD..

  20. Flying cars are a bad, bad idea. How many people out there with valid drivers licences can barely operate a vehicle on flat ground? Now put these people in the three dimensional world of the sky. I think I'm going to start designing me a tank.

  21. Keep looking up as there will be a lot of crashes up above you. With no Air Traffic Controlling any of this crap.
    Soon in the sky's above – traffic jams

  22. I like #4 from Equator ….. Looks cool, has good speed and good legs with the hybrid…. you did not give the price which I wanted to hear

  23. Definitely the XTI Trifan 600 VTOL
    Five people is enough if your a mega millionaire and you only want your inner circle with you! This aircraft is perfect for a small group of senior business executives Military Commander and his staff CEO and his or her immediate staff personal aides I do not see five people seating as a drawback this is an "elite" mode of transportation..I'd buy it!!

  24. Thumbs down because you did not include Terrafugia. They're more likely to make it to market than most of the vehicles in your video. You know that more than one of the vehicles you have shown, won't ever make it past proof of concept.

  25. What a bunch of nerds. Did no one see the hot chic at the end? I'm kidding there all pretty cool just a little out of my price range.

  26. If Surefly is not equipped with parachute or something, it will be dangerous, because once battery out, the plane would fall, unlike the helicopter.

  27. Yup… you won’t be late for work with some of these aircraft, you’ll be early for your funeral. Oh my.

  28. @ 4:00 No.6, what about the Skisorsky Skycrane? That thing has been about since the early 60's.

    Too many inaccuracies, I'm out.

  29. Numbers one and two are my best choices all around range and speed seem to be the most practical, although there are others that do seem to have good promise. But there are some that must be trimmed in something like gold for the asking price for what they only a small aircraft at that.

  30. #5 Concepto Millennia can hold 150 lbs… That's cool. I can use it to transport myself to the hospital's helipad if I lose both legs.

  31. I'll take #7, please. Or 3, or 2. I'd like a #1, but only if the range and speed were massively multiplied.

  32. One should consider that the people or corporations that could buy one of these, arn't paying taxes! Assuming that they aren't getting money from the government!

  33. I am very interested in the ducted fan VTOL craft. That thing should be able to scale up. Imagine a V-22 Osprey that doesn't eat Marines. I think gas powered electric drive is the future here. Using electric motors removes a whole complex system of transmissions and driveshafts. This will decrease weight and maintenance hours, while increasing mechanical simplicity.

  34. There's a company in Georgia that's putting together something I think you'd be very interested in. Their first aircraft is under construction as we speak. They call themselves Revelation Aerospace… Or Revelaero I think. Sexy looking plane, man. I know the owners. Makes Rutan look like a minivan designer… I'll pm you if you're interested.

  35. My pick would have to be the plain with the monster props I love to be able to walk out the door and be at my Father's House in style!!

  36. I wonder how many of these various aircraft will ever be sold, first from a cost perspective, and second from a license perspective, only a true ultralight is able to be flown by the average person without a license, and there are severe restrictions on where you can fly, flying over population areas is restricted completely, the next level up is light sport aircraft, which requires some basic class and flight time, but there are performance and aircraft type restrictions, a full pilot license is required for anything beyond light sport, and with the added safety maintenance that goes with it, I'm not sure how the FAA is treating multiple propellers and electric motors in the lower range aircraft, as both ultralight and light sport aircraft can only have one engine, this is for the United States of course, other countries are different

  37. I'd rather fly in an autogyro plane than these. Safe to land in case of engine failure. Engine failure on these hoover planes probably will kill you.

  38. Most are just novelties, rich people toys that will probably never get past a few hundred units if that. But 2 and 1 do hold some promise of having commercial and private viability.

  39. the last one is the best and will likely be in most flight oriented families in the near future. I will buy one. One large producer has already stolen the design idea. Its that good.

  40. #2 must be a joke as it relies on magic for propulsion and #1 is one burnt motor away from the ground. No way will these things be for sale.

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