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Lightning Hitting An Aeroplane Wing Looks Like Lasers Shooting Out From It

Video: The weather has been really fun and generous with lightning strikes these days. We’ve seen it destroy trees and gotten an up close view of it striking but this one might be the coolest angle yet: from outside a flying aeroplane window. The lightning hits the tip of the wing and then streaks in a straight line like a laser shooting out. Pretty cool.


Aeroplane Makes Safe Landing Despite Having Huge Hole Blown In Fuselage

A passenger jet has safely made an emergency landing at Mogadishu’s international airport after an explosion pierced a large hole in its fuselage.


The Pentagon's New List Of F-35 Bugs Is Predictably Awful

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive military program in the world, so it should be no surprise that the F-35 aircrafts are loaded with powerful weapons controlled by powerful computers. Unfortunately, the guns don’t fire yet, and the computers still don’t work right.


All The Bomber Aircraft That Could Carry Nuclear Weapons

Video: Only five countries have been able to create strategic bomber aircraft with the capability of carrying nuclear weapons. That would be the US, Russia, the UK, France and China. We’ve put together this video that details every single one of those bombers. It’s fascinating to see how each country develops its only style of aircraft for these missions.


Watch The Last Flight Of Air France's Boeing 747

Video: The beautiful, venerable Boeing 747 is reaching the end of its lifespan at many airlines across the world. Take-up of the new-generation 747-8 has been slow, with many carriers choosing the smaller Boeing 777 alongside the behemoth Airbus A380. Air France has just retired the last of its once-68-strong fleet of 747s, and it flew the final jumbo jet around France with an escort from the country’s premier aerobatic team, the Patrouille de France.


How Drones Could Become An Airline's Best Friend

Usually when you hear “drone” and “aeroplane” in the same sentence, what comes next is a moralistic tale about how irresponsible drone pilots pose serious threats to airlines. That’s why it’s kind of weird when one of Europe’s largest airlines partners with arguably the biggest civilian drone maker in the world.


Autonomous Drones Can Land On Moving Cars Now

Self-driving cars might be all the rage these days, but what about the poor computer-piloted drones? Well, while no-one’s been looking, they have been perfecting the aerial version of the patented Italian Job getaway.


Watch The First Australian F-18 Super Hornet Get Built From Beginning To End

Video: Each F/A-18 Super Hornet carries a sticker price of about 60 million dollars and requires a whole lot of work to put together. This fun time lapse video shows the entire building process of the first Australian F/A-18, and you can see where a lot of that money goes. To transform scraps of metal into a flying war machine will always be an impressive feat of engineering (and will always be cool to see).


Fantastic Photo Of A F-16 Flying Perfectly Straight Up In The Air

Image Cache: This here is one helluva shot. The F-16 looks suspended in space and time, perfectly perpendicular to the ground and the horizon while shooting straight up to all that is holy. The vertical pose reveals the weaponry on its underside and the super slick manoeuvre shows just how incredible these aeroplanes are. Great, great photo.


Guy Turns A Busted Heater Into A Cheap RC Plane

Video: When their electric heater breaks, most people would just toss it in the trash. But Samm Sheperd instead saw potential in his busted heater, so he salvaged its internal impeller and used it to build a dirt cheap, remote control, jet-powered aeroplane.


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