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Here's The Crazy Wing Bending Airbus Does To Stress Test Its Aeroplanes

Video: You would never want to look out of your window on a flight and see the aeroplane wing bend like this but it’s nice to know that Airbus stress tests the hell out of their flying tubes to make sure that even if the wing is at such an obscene angle, it won’t snap in half.


An Up-Close Look At The Exclusive Engine For The Next Airbus

Rolls-Royce Holdings has just released this cool factory photograph of their newest large turbofan aircraft engine, the Trent 7000. It’s the seventh generation of their Trent family, and built exclusively for the upcoming Airbus airliner, the A330neo.


Physicists: Nobody's Telling The Truth About That Downed Russian Warplane

Russia and Turkey each have their own version of what happened with that downed jet earlier this week, but science may have the last word. According to two Belgian astrophysicists, neither nation is being entirely truthful.


Watching How Aeroplanes Used To Aerial Refuel Is Totally Incredible

Video: The history of aerial refuelling is pure nuts. Back on 12 November 1921, the first aeroplane to aeroplane refuelling happened and it required a guy, Wesley May, strapping a 19L can of petrol on his back and walking on the wing of one aeroplane and hopping over to the wing of the other aeroplane to refuel. That’s crazy!


A Plane Landing In The Snow And Doing Doughnuts Is The Funnest Thing

Video: An untouched snow-covered plot of land? Let’s get a plane to land on it and then immediately do doughnuts for a few rounds and then take off again! That’s obviously the first thing that comes to mind, right? Well if it isn’t, it will be now after seeing this plane do its thing.


The Amazingly Difficult Landings Of The U-2 Dragon Lady Spy Plane

Video: The Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady is a beautiful spy plane that flies at high altitudes (70,000 feet in the air) to provide reconnaissance for the military. It’s also a pain in the arse to land too, requiring an actual chase car on the ground to tell the pilot how far the U-2 is from the ground. Here’s a video showcasing those delicate and difficult landings of the Dragon Lady.


What Did This Virgin A330 Get Up To During The AFL Grand Final?

It might be the NRL Grand Final between the Cowboys and Broncos today, but yesterday it was all about the AFL season decider, with the Hawks facing off against the Eagles. Part of the pre-match celebrations involved a flyover by a Virgin Airlines Airbus A330, but it did a little more than just blast over the Melbourne Cricket Ground… the pilots also went for an aerial wander.


The Case Of The MH370 Wing Segment Keeps Getting Weirder

When a wing section of a Boeing 777 washed up on the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion last month, the Malaysian government quickly ascribed the part to missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. But according to the ongoing investigation, the flaperon’s identity is far from certain.


FAA Approves In-Flight Internet That Might Not Suck

Slow internet is the worst possible kind of internet, as anyone who’s sold kidneys to use in-flight Wi-Fi can probably attest. GoGo, the biggest player in the airborne Wi-Fi game, has been promising faster speeds since 2013; thanks to a FAA decision, the company is now one step closer to coming through.


Plane Makes An Emergency Landing In The LA River

If you’re a small plane looking to make an emergency landing, there’s really no better place than the LA River. Mostly because large stretches of it aren’t so much a river, as it is a long concrete wasteland. Ever seen the movies Drive or T2? Then you know what I’m talking about.


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