Aviation pioneers like Amelia Earhart, Howard Hughes, Charles Lindbergh and the Wright brothers have made world history through their efforts in furthering man’s quest to conquer the globe. Well, we’re pretty sure that no matter how avant-garde these trailblazers really were, they would not have been able to come up with these futuristic aircraft, even in their wildest dreams! These planes are the real deal – the stuff that science fiction is made of!
10. PAK TA
Dubbed the next-generation Russian military transport aircraft, the PAK TA (Perspective Airborne Complex of Transport Aviation), is purported to fly at supersonic speed, carrying up to 200 tons of cargo. This capacity would enable the plane to deliver a fully-equipped task force anywhere in the world, within hours. However, this aircraft is currently only at conceptual stage and critics remain skeptical about the actual feasibility of building of such a flying mammoth. Russia plans to add some 80 PAK TA planes to its fleet, by 2024. This is an ambitious project in terms of costs, labor and engineering capacity and should the Russian military succeed with this feat, it would be making a strong statement about its efficiency and power.
9. RQ 180
The very sight of this plane is sure to make James Bond himself, turn green with envy. The RQ 180 is the U.S. Air Force’s secretly-built new radar-evading spy drone, which boasts an impressive wingspan of around 130 feet. The USAF has hardly been forthcoming about the aircraft’s specs, however the RQ 180 is aimed at providing more information about sensitive airspace, through surveillance and reconnaissance. Stealthy by design and by nature, it remains unknown how much this aircraft costs and how many the USAF plans on purchasing.