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Sneak Peak at Virgin America's New High-Tech Planes

Air travel in the United States generally feels like a trip back in time: Specifically, a time before humans had developed electronics, fabrics that weren't beige vinyl or fully-formed legs.

Virgin Airlines aims to change all of that with the stateside launch of Virgin America Airlines this week. Sir Richard Branson is bringing his famous taste for mile-high luxury to our shores (or air space, rather), having developed a new fleet of planes decked out with nearly everything the modern traveler could ask for -- 110 volt AC current, Ethernet and USB ports (for charging iPods and phones), and QWERTY keyboard input for its Linux-based computer terminals. Engadget has an intense hands-on with photos to drool over.

Virgin America comes to a sky near you on August 8.

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