aeroplanes

Monster Machines: China's Building The World's Biggest Sea Plane

Just because the Spruce Goose never took off doesn’t mean that aquatic planes in general are wholly useless; these aquatic turbo-props are still used for a variety of humanitarian efforts throughout the world. Now, China has announced that it’s currently developing the world’s biggest functional sea plane. But will it ever get off the ground?


Epson's New Smart Glasses Provide Pilots With Smart HUDs

The Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II are two of the most advanced warplanes ever designed and come replete with bleeding-edge, motion-tracking, X-ray-vision-enabled helmets. But why should Air Force pilots have all the fun?


Giz Explains: Why Can't We Protect Commercial Planes From Attacks?

Last week’s downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the disputed territory of Eastern Ukraine has set off worldwide outcries against the conflict, and calls to better defend commercial airlines from missile attack. But is it even possible to defend civilian jets against military-grade weapons?


Northrop Once Built Planes That Were Just Giant Wings

After World War II, the future of commercial air travel was supposed to be fantastic. There were promises that planes like Northrop Grumman’s flying wing would become the norm for civilian flying. These promises were often made to Baby Boomers — young, impressionable kids of the 1950s and ’60s — like in this cutaway drawing by L. Ashwell Wood for the comic book Eagle.


The New Striker II Is The World's Most Advanced Fighter Pilot Helmet

Having great reaction speeds is one thing, but for a fighter pilot to be performing at their best these days they need the most advanced equipment available to them. And when it comes to helmets, they don’t come any more advanced than BAE’s Striker II.


Watch A Boeing 787 Dreamliner Pull Some Crazy Stunts

There are certain things we all look for in a huge passenger jet: safety, stability, comfort… but what about some insane acrobatics? Well, you’ll be pleased to see that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner can certainly provide the latter.


Airbus: Who Needs Real Seats When You Can Straddle Bike Saddles?

Today in Questionable Airbus Patents, it’s not the pilot being displaced; it’s our sweet, precious legroom. And about three-quarters of the seats themselves. We just hope you’re not a fan of personal space, because otherwise — it’s going to be a long flight.


The UK Is Getting A Spaceport Too

The UK may have a spaceport within four years — and it will probably be in the northern reaches of Scotland. The plan to have a UK spaceport up and running by 2018 is expected to be announced by the government’s science minister this week, with six potential sites — four of which are in rural Scotland, where it won’t matter so much if spaceplanes crash back to earth — on the shortlist.


How To Get The Best Sleep Of Your Life On An Aeroplane

Navigating your way through clueless tourists, customs officers and disinterested ticket counter clerks is only half the battle. Once you make it to your seat, you’ve still got an entire flight to endure. Your best aeroplane strategy is almost always to sleep through the entire ordeal, but how does one sleep effectively while fully clothed, sitting up, in the middle seat? It’s surprisingly easy with a bit of planning.


Apparently, The US Navy Got Itself Some Cool Alien Spaceships

The Northrop Grumman X-47B carrier-launched drone really feels like the future of aviation in this image taken on board the USS Harry Truman. And, while it looks like some alien spaceship from a sci-fi show, these beasts will completely replace those F-18s in a couple of decades.