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This Ford F-350 Super Duty With a Semi Sleeper Cab Is Real, and We Tracked Down the Builder

Fives years ago, a mysterious picture went viral on Reddit: a Ford Super Duty Pickup that had somehow been fused with a full-size sleeper cab from a semi-truck to create the ultimate long-haul rig. It looked surprisingly well done, with the sleeper section given a matching tan-and-green paint job to give it the appearance of […]

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The Winnebago Heli-Home Was a Real Flying RV That Needs to Make a Comeback in 2020

The motorhome seems like a great idea until you have to actually drive it somewhere. As it turns out, the car and the house don't have enough in common to be the best fit. But what about a house and a helicopter—what is the latter if not an airborne box that can be filled with […]

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Australian Man Uses Seat Belt and Knife to Kill Deadly Snake While Speeding Down the Highway

Imagine driving down a road you've been on hundreds of times and suddenly feeling a tug on your leg. You look down and see a deadly, poisonous snake slithering up your ankle, and its head is striking at the seat between your legs. This scenario happened to a 27-year-old man known only as "Jimmy" in […]

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This Lecture By An F-22 Test Pilot On The Raptor’s Flight Control System Is Bonkers

Lt. Col. Randy "Laz" Gordon is an accomplished test pilot, engineer, and F-22 Raptor squadron commander who lent his expertise about all things aviation, and especially about the F-22's incredible fly-by-wire flight control system, to students taking MIT's Private Pilot Ground School in 2019. His lecture is astonishingly accessible considering the complexities of the systems […]

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Meet the 200,000-Mile BMW M5 Camera Car Built to Chase Ferraris

It's not every day you come across a clean E39-generation BMW M5 with over 200,000 miles. Likewise, it's not often you find one that's been transformed into a supercar-chasing camera vehicle. This all-black 2002 M5, nicknamed the Bavarian Ranch Hand, is both and it's used to capture stellar rolling shots at upwards of 130 miles […]

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C-17s Packed With Paratroopers Just Practiced A Sudden, Long-Range Invasion Of Guam

As tensions in the Pacific Theater continue to increase, the U.S. military is flexing its muscles and reminding its potential enemies that it can reach out over vast distances and put boots on the ground on an island within a very short amount of time. Case in point, an emergency deployment readiness exercise that just […]

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Air Force Hits Major Snags With Fighter And Missile Defense Airborne Laser Initiatives

The U.S. Air Force says it has pushed back the schedule for beginning flight testing of a podded laser directed energy weapon intended to protect fighter jets and other aircraft from incoming missiles by two years to 2023. The delay is the result of technical difficulties combined with general slowdowns in work due to the […]

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The Cultural Differences Between Serving On America’s Three Types Of Nuclear Submarines

When most people think of America’s nuclear submarine fleet, they imagine something of a monolithic force, but that’s not the case. Three general mission sets define the fleet and the experience of the crews that man it. As such, the experience of serving on a boat that services one mission set can vary drastically from […]

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United Kingdom Will Decide Soon Who Will Build Its First Loyal Wingman Drones

The U.K. Ministry of Defense plans to pick at least one of three competing designs in the next few months to proceed to the flight test phase of its program to develop loyal wingman-type drone prototypes. The goal of this effort is to demonstrate the feasibility of a low-cost unmanned aircraft that could potentially work […]

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Lexus Files ‘IS500’ Trademark for Potential V8 Sport Sedan

After hearing rumors that Lexus would bring a 5.0-liter V8 back to its compact sports sedan, we were pretty disappointed when the heavily-refreshed (but not all-new) 2021 IS debuted with zero new powertrain additions or changes. If a new trademark filing holds any water, however, our dreams for a spiritual successor to the IS F […]

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