aeroplanes

Watch An F-16 Shoot Down A Drone In The Air

Video: Here’s a video showing an F-16 shooting down a drone in the air and popping off flares in a live fire exercise. One day, the drones will probably start fighting back as revenge for all these training exercises but until that day comes, let us enjoy the amazing powerful flying machines controlled by humans that allows this to happen.


MiG-29 Flies Impossibly Close To An Aeroplane's Open Rear Door

Video: This is just plain cool. Imagine opening the rear door of a paratrooper plane and seeing a MiG-29 right in front of you, dancing in the air mere feet away from the aircraft’s opening. This stunt was obviously planned for the photographs, but it’s not unlike opening your house’s front door and seeing a giant grizzly bear waiting to come in.


Study Shows How Layovers And Airline Mergers Are Connecting The World

We live in a hyper-connected world: It’s easier than ever to hop on a plane and get to the other side of the globe in a matter of hours. If we were to try and visually depict this connectivity, our planet would quickly become ensnared in a giant spiderweb of airways.


Landing A Lockheed U-2 Isn't For The Faint-Hearted

Briefly: It’s easy to forget just how shallow some aeroplanes are. In this image, you’re looking at a US Air Force Lockheed U-2 reconnaissance aircraft as it flies above Royal Air Force Fairford in England earlier this month. As the Air Force points out, the long wings and shallow body mean U-2 pilots have a very small margin for error when it comes to landing without causing damage to the aircraft.


What Is Aeroplane Smell?

You know the smell. It’s hard to describe, but the second you step on an aeroplane, a flood of familiarity flies up your nostrils. Aeroplane smell is equal parts comforting and off-putting. And it’s actually a little bit dangerous. But what is it exactly?


What Are All Those Weird Noises You Hear On An Aeroplane?

I used to work at Boeing and repaired the computerised part of the machines which put together 747’s. People not familiar with aeroplanes are scared because they are forced to be quiet and go along with acting normal while stuck in a tube hurtling through the air at 965km/h, and 30,000 feet above the earth. What could go wrong?


Watch A 10-Engine Drone Transform From A Helicopter Into A Plane

Video: NASA’s Greased Lightning GL-10 is a beast of a drone (it has 10 engines!) that’s the closest thing we have to a Transformer in real life. It can flip itself into a helicopter and then fly like an aeroplane and then revert back to helicopter mode. It’s awesome seeing the wings tilt back and forth as it changes gears.


Two Planes Crazily Fly Through A Hangar In An Epic Stunt

Holy. Crap. This is just madness. Watch as British pilots Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones fly through an aeroplane hangar in two different aeroplanes while zipping through the air at 300km/h. That’s right, two planes flying side-by-side, separated by only centimetres, flew straight through a building. I mean, damn.


Tiny Electric Backup Engine For Planes Kicks In When All Else Fails

A commercial airliner with multiple engines can limp to a runway if one of them fails. But a small plane, driven by just a single propeller, is in more serious trouble when its engine stops. So researchers have created a tiny electric backup that kicks in during an emergency, ensuring the craft can safely get to the ground.


These Fuel Cell Trolleys Can Power An Old Plane's In-Flight Electronics

Believe it or not, that modern-looking tin can in the sky you’re flying — with its touchscreen TVs at every seat — most likely took flight for the first time decades ago. All of those fancy electronics are upgrades sucking on outdated power systems. That’s why these trolley carts were created to deliver a different kind of juice.