Tag Archives: airplanes

A 1:60-Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi-Stewart

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

A 1:60 Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi Stewart sculpture paper models flight airplanes

Inspired by high school architecture class where he was assigned to create simple paper models using cut paper manilla folders, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart went home to begin construction on an extremely ambitious project: a 1:60 scale reproduction of a Boeing 777 using some of the techniques he learned in class. That was in 2008, when Iaconi-Stewart was just a junior in high school.

Unbelievably, the project continues five years later as he works on and off to perfect every aspect of the plane. Relying on detailed schematics of an Air India 777-300ER he found online, he recreates the digital drawings in Adobe Illustrator and then prints them directly onto the paper manilla folders. But everything has to be perfect. So perfect, that Iaconi-Stewart says he’s actually built two airplanes, the one you see here and the numerous failed attempts including three tails, two entire sets of wings, and multiple experiments to ensure everything is just so.

The paper plane-making wunderkind hopes to finally wrap up the project this summer and isn’t quite sure what will happen next, but thinks an even larger 20-foot model could be an interesting next step. So far there are no plans for the completed model to go anywhere, but it would look great in an aeronautical museum or in the lobby of a certain aircraft manufacturer’s lobby. Just some suggestions. All photos courtesy Luca Iaconi-Stewart. (via Wired)

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes
Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes
Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes
Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes
Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes
Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes
Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City>

Ships That Sail Through the Clouds: Meet Luigi Prina, the 83 Year Old Builder of Flying Model Ships flight boats airplanes
Photo by Gianluca Giannone courtesy Blinking City

When he was just 16 years old Luigi Prina entered and won a national aircraft modeling competition. When he went to collect the prize money the organizers asked the boy why his father couldn’t come and collect it himself. Nearly fifty years later the now successful architect met a painter and boat builder named Eugenio Tomiolo and while they were talking made a bet that perhaps Prina could take one of his small model ships and make it fly like an airplane. Tomolio accepted and it wasn’t long before a small flying boat was whirring in circles around his small studio that coincidentally had clouds painted on the ceiling. A new passion was born and Prina has since dedicated nearly 20 years of his later life to building flying model boats, bicycles and other unconventional aircraft.

The folks over at Blinking City along with photographer Gianluca Giannone recently sat down with the model building for this beatiful photo essay and video. (thnx, Andrea!)

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Dancing on Thin Ice, Happy End #9.1, Canada, 2012 / Bristol freighter broke through ice while landing in 1956, all survived.

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Bamboo in the Wine, Happy End #31.1, USA, 2012 / Cessna T50 bamboo bomber ran out of fuel in the 60s, all on board survived and walked over frozen river to Fort Yukon.

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
The Scenic Route to Nowhere, Happy End #3.1, Mexico, 2010 / Grumman Albatross, no official report as used for drug trafficking, locals say all survived.

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Forces at Work, Happy End #2.1, Canada, 2010 / Douglas C3 stalled at take-off on skis in deep snow, all 6 survived. February 1950.

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Knock on Wood, Happy End #11.3, USA, 2012 / Fairchild C-82 with total electrical failure, all survived for three days at -50°F (-45°C).

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Passion is Rebel to Reason, Happy End #4.1, West Sahara, 2011 / Avro Shackleton Pelican, 25y SAAF, forced landing on flight to UK, all 19 saved by Polisario Rebels in July of 1994.

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Never Eat More than You Can Lift, Happy End #5.1, Canada, 2011 / Curtiss C46 Commando, nicknamed Mrs. Piggy as she could load so much freight, including pigs. All survived, 1979.

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Fuel of Life, Happy End #6.1, Canada, 2011 / Curtiss C46 Commando, lost engine power on a fuel run, all survived in 1977.

Happy End: Photos of Miraculous Airplane Crashes where All the Passengers Survived history flight airplanes
Life is a Tide, Happy End #8.1, USA, 2012 / The pilot swam to shore with favorable tides in 1947 and is still alive 65 years later.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention this post made my palms sweat a bit while writing the details, but despite the unnerving visuals of these downed aircraft, each one of these photographs by Dietmar Eckell tells the story of a genuine miracle. In his series Happy End Eckell captures incredible moments in aviation history where planes went down and everyone walked away or was rescued shortly thereafter. Above are just a selection of photos, many more of which can be found over on his website, where you can also explore Eckell’s unceasing fascination with abandoned locations and objects. He’s currently raising money over on Indiegogo to print a 96-page book complete with 50 photos and accompanied by facts about each plane and the story of the survivors. (via laughing squid)

Five Hours of Plane Landings in 30 Seconds at San Diego International Airport

Five Hours of Plane Landings in 30 Seconds at San Diego International Airport video art timelapse flight airplanes

Shot just outside the San Diego Internation Airport on Black Friday this remarkable time-lapse captures every landing over a five hour period from 10:30am through 3pm. The video is of course a composite, photographer and film professor Cy Kuckenbaker shot the individual planes against a clear blue sky and then used a process called chroma key (ie. green screen) to make the sky transparent and layer the planes on top a separate video of clouds.

Five Hours of Plane Landings in 30 Seconds at San Diego International Airport video art timelapse flight airplanes

Kuckenbaker tells PetaPixel he was inspired by Ho-Yeol Ryu’s famous composite image of airplanes taking off at Hannover Airport. See much more at PetaPixel.

Update: Kuckenbaker released a new video 90 airplanes taking off in 30 seconds.

London Heathrow Approach Time-lapse Turns Jumbo Jets into Floating Toys

London Heathrow Approach Time lapse Turns Jumbo Jets into Floating Toys timelapse London flying airplanes

This short clip from the Cargospotter aviation video channel shows a few dozen planes as they queue up for approach at London’s Heathrow airport. At 17x normal speed the wind currents seem to bounce the planes like small toys suspended from invisible strings and the perpetually moving clouds create the illusion of a constantly panning camera. In an internet flooded with time-lapse videos this is definitely a gem. (via metafilter)

‘Jetman’ Yvet Rossy Conquers the Sky Above the Swiss Alps

Jetman Yvet Rossy Conquers the Sky Above the Swiss Alps Switzerland stunts flight airplanes

Jetman Yvet Rossy Conquers the Sky Above the Swiss Alps Switzerland stunts flight airplanes

In this unbelievable new video, Swiss pilot Yves Rossy (previously) is seen soaring above the Alps strapped to his one-of-a-kind jet-propelled wing craft. It’s incredible to me that after well over a century of manned flight, we continue to make technological advances like this. My son after seeing this: “Dad, next time is it our turn?” Rossy was filmed by aerial camera operator Evert Cloetens. (via devour)

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Airport Runway Screenprints by Nomo screen printing posters and prints maps Chicago airplanes

Chicago architect and designer Jerome Daksiewicz of Nomo Design has just released a new series of screenprints that illustrate the various configurations of major world airports. Right now he currently has editions for Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles International, and Minneapolis St-Paul, but will soon be adding an additional five cities. Two dollars from every purchase goes to the Challenge Air Program that introduces children with specials needs to aviation.

Skyflake

Skyflake snow manipulated collage airplanes

A fun aerodynamic snowflake from photographer Simon Gardiner (previously). Best viewed really big.

Page 1 of 3123