Imagination is something everybody has. It is the very beginning of creating things. Some are carried out; some never see the light of day. Some are appreciated, some are not. And some are lived out and inspires more imaginations. Example of this is the fictional aircraft used in stories, movies, and TV programs which were born from being inspired by real aircraft.
One fictional aircraft that caught the eyes of many, from the blockbuster movie Avatar, is the AT-99 Scorpion or “Scorpion” gunship. In the movie, the Vertical and Takeoff Landing (VTOL) vehicle that escort shuttle landings and takeoff and provides air fire support for military operations. It is 12.2m in length, 3.51m in height, and 8.73m in width. It is armed with four .50 caliber guns and missiles. Like the AH-1 Cobra, the Scorpion gunship is light, maneuverable, and an adaptable platform. It is also similar to heavily-armored VTOL weapons platform like the Mi-28 Havoc and AH-64 Apache.
Another fictional aircraft is the Blackbird or X-jet from X-men. It first looked like a modified version of the Lockheed SR-71 but some writers referred that the design as the “SR-73” or “SR-77.” It has been destroyed and rebuilt many times so it differs in specifications from time to time. It has been featured to have sported holographic active camouflage and hypersonic speed engines. But in Ultimate X-men, there seems to be a number of aircraft the superhero team used. One resembled the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.
Also a fictional aircraft is the Elgin E-474 from the movie Flight Plan. In the movie, the aircraft was helped designed by Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster), the protagonist. The E-474’s interior and design is very much alike to the Airbus A380. In reality, the avionics bay was from an Alitalia 747-200.