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Find the latest aviation news, hottest new planes, reviews of cool new gadgets and more. We've visited and photographed some of the largest collections of historic airplanes, helicopters and spacecraft in the world. Also, check out GAYOT's selection of the Top 10 Business Class Airlines.

Solar Impulse 2 ready for record-breaking round-trip flight around the world from Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 Completes Record-Breaking Solar Flight Around the World
Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg made history on July 25, 2016 when they completed the first-ever solar-powered flight around the world. The 16-month journey came full circle in Abu Dhabi where Piccard made the final landing for Solar Impulse 2 — a plane that runs purely on solar energy. The pilots (with the help of their vast team) set out onto the horizon in 2015 to prove that "future is clean," and they accomplished their goal.

See highlights from the epic 'round-the-world journey on the Solar Impulse official website

The small startup company named Boom is working on supersonic passenger jet prototypes

Small Airline Startup Aims to Restore Supersonic Flights
Colorado-based airline startup Boom wants to bring supersonic passenger jets back to the commercial flight industry for a low-cost and highly efficient travel system. The company is teaming up with Virgin Galactic to build a prototype jet that would acheive a Mach 2.2 top speed (approximately 1,500 mph)!

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The MyGoFlight Flight Bag PLC Pro is made out of water-resistant material and has a durable ballistic nylon exterior

MyGoFlight Flight Bag PLC Pro
Developed around the unique needs of general aviation pilots, MyGoFlight's PLC Duffel is a solid, durable bag that will streamline any aviator's life.

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Uber and Airbus team up to bring helicopter ride-sharing service to consumers

Uber and Airbus Team Up for Helicopter Ride-Sharing Service
Uber has joined forces with Silicon Valley-based startup Airbus to bring commuters a new, exciting way to travel. On-demand helicopter rides have already rolled out at key events including Sundance Film Festival and Coachella with greater expansion in the works.

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The rededication ceremony for the historic DC3 aircraft at Santa Monica's Museum of Flying

Historic DC3 Aircraft Rededication at Santa Monica Airport
Orville and Wilbur Wright first flew the Wright Flyer I on December 17, 1903, and Donald Douglas first flew the DC3 out of Cloverfield in Santa Monica, California, on December 17, 1935; so it was fitting on the 80th anniversary of that flight, the Museum of Flying and the City of Santa Monica organized a rededication ceremony. The "Spirit of America" aircraft, which was recently painted in its original color scheme, can be viewed on a pedestal at the entrance of the museum. David Price, the benefactor who donated the aircraft, cut the ribbon with Mayor Tony Vasquez. The crowd of attendees was treated to a pair of flying DC3s, which performed two fly-bys. Be sure to stop by the museum for an up-close and personal experience to pay tribute to this historic airplane that launched commercial aviation.

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The NetJets Global 6000 high-performance aircraft at the Aspen Pitkin County Airport in Colorado

New World Speed Records Set by Bombardier Jets
Three new records were broken recently by Bombardier and NetJets operated jets in the United States and across the Atlantic. The Learjet 75 aircraft made a round-trip flight between New York and Los Angeles on September 10, 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Clay Lacy's original record, which was set with the Learjet 23 in 1965. The pilots, Ed Hillis and Jeff Triphahn, beat Lacy's time by 17 minutes. Additionally, the larger Global 6000 aircraft, operated by NetJets, set a world record flying from Aspen, Colorado to London, followed by another record-breaking flight between London and Lugano, Switzerland, according to AIN Online.

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Papillon Group reveals its Golden Helicopter for the company's 50th Anniversary in April 2015

Papillon Group's Golden Helicopter
Papillon Group reveals its one-of-a-kind Golden Helicopter (also known as Copter 50) in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary on April 16, 2015. It will arrive in Nevada at the Boulder City Aerocenter in style—via five-chopper formation to reflect each decade of being the world’s longest-running helicopter tour company.

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Fly comfortably with Flying Eyes Sunglasses
Flying Eyes Sunglasses
Fly in comfort with these pilot-friendly sunglasses, which offer interchangeable sides that work with headsets, helmets and more.

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The Spruce Goose has been housed at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, since 1993

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
This massive museum in Oregon wine country houses the celebrated Spruce Goose, military aircraft, helicopters, space vehicles and more.

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A Business Class seat on American Airlines’ new Boeing 777-300ER

American Airlines' Business Class
To keep up with competition and new standards, airlines are in renovation mode, and American Airlines is no exception. The airline is bringing modern luxury to its fleet.

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Exterior of a Gulfstream GIV, one of the aircraft available in the Lufthansa Private Jet service

Lufthansa Private Jet Service
Lufthansa Private Jet, German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG's private jet service, is offering direct flights to more than 1,000 destinations around the world.

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