aeroplanes

The A-10 Warthog Looks Especially Cool In This Photo

It must be the combination of the steel grey palette, the black accents, and their patches and rivets, but these two A-10s look especially cool and futuristic to me in this photo. Like they can be piloted by this guy.


The Crazy Things Delta Does To Cancel Fewer Flights Than Any Other Airline

Last year, Delta Air Lines cancelled fewer flights than any other airline, scratching just 0.3 per cent of its flights. That’s more than five times better than the industry average. It’s an obsession for Delta, an airline that once ranked near rock-bottom for cancellations, and as The Wall Street Journal explains, the company strives for zero-cancellation days in some very unorthodox ways.


This Image Shows Eight Hours Of Airliners Departing From LAX

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a period of eight hours last Sunday. You can buy the photo if you want.


Listen To The Australian Cast Of The Lion King Sing On A Plane

This is either the best flight ever — if it wasn’t delayed and you managed to eat and rest beforehand — or the worst flight ever — if you’re trying to catch up on sleep and are stuck next to an oversized mouth breather. Still, I’d like to think that most people with a working heart that pumps blood would have a good time listening to the beautiful cast of The Lion King in Australia start singing The Circle of Life before their flight took off.


Chinese Satellite Spots Floating Object In Flight 370 Search

Chinese authorities said today that a satellite spotted a large object in the area of the Indian Ocean where the search continues for Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370. Malaysia’s defence minister Hishammuddin Hussein says China will send ships to investigate the object.


All The Aircraft That Have Mysteriously Vanished Since 1948

As this Bloomberg map shows, Malaysian flight 370 is not the first flight to mysteriously disappear. Eighty-three flights have vanished since 1948 — 80 of them never to be found again (the dots in yellow). This map only includes flights capable of carrying more than 14 passengers.


Russia Deploys Armed Jets In Response To NATO Fighters In Poland

Following the deployment of American F-16 Falcon fighters and AWACS surveillance aeroplanes to Poland, the Russians have sent six Su-27 Flanker jets armed with live missiles to Belarus. Two of them are reportedly shown in this photo.


An Entire Day Of All Of Europe's Air Travel, Visualised

This stunning video shows all the flights that cross Europe on a typical day. Beautifully animated, it really provides a great insight into the intensity of modern air travel.


You Must Read This Test Pilot's Story Of An SR-71 Disintegrating Midair

This story has been kicking around the internet for a while, but man oh man oh man is it worth a read. Test pilot Bill Weaver was flying an SR-71 Blackbird on an experimental evaluation flight when a malfunction at Mach 3.18 caused the plane to literally tear apart. Yet somehow, Weaver survived.


Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Is Having Wing Cracking Problems

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Boeing’s long-suffering 787 Dreamliner has hit yet another snag: At least 42 newly-produced jets may have hairline fractures along the wings. Luckily, the planes haven’t been delivered to buyers yet, but it’s still bad news for Boeing.