airplanes

How Aeroplanes Are Made

Building a commercial aeroplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus A350). This video shows you how they make one.


Gizmodo Visits NASA: What It Feels Like To Fly In A Crazy Zero-Gravity Plane

Last week we showed you how NASA simulates space here on Earth, with everything from advanced virtual reality to monstrous thermal vacuum chambers. But all of that still can’t prepare you for how an object, or an experiment, will behave in zero gravity. Sometimes you just have to fly.


Pilot Lands Aeroplane In The Middle Of A Forest Way Up In The Mountains

That’s some serious skill. Not only is the plane landing in the mountains, it’s also in the middle of the forest. Not only is it in the middle of the forest but the runway is incredibly narrow. Not only is the runway narrow but it’s a bumpy arse strip of dirt too. So yeah. That is some serious skill.


This Fighter Jet Film Is So Amazingly Perfect You'd Think It Is 3D

I have a hard time believing that some of the sequences in this video are not rendered in 3D software. They are just impossibly perfect — but yes, they’re real. Most of them are fighters like the Mirage, F-16, F-18, F-15 — but you can see some bombers, like the B-2 and F-117. Pure plane porn.


14 Things You Didn't Know About Air Travel

Ninety years ago, on the 28th of September 1924, a team of heroic US aviators completed the first round-the-world flight. The journey began 175 days earlier, where four planes set off from Santa Monica, California, on an epic journey which covered 27,533 miles and passed over 27 countries. So what better way to celebrate one of mankind’s greatest achievements than with 14 facts about air travel.


The World's Largest Passenger Aircraft Just Took Off For The World's Longest Flight

Qantas flight QF7 has just left the ground in Sydney, on its way to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Texas. This is the outbound leg of the world’s longest flight route, but from today onwards, it has another point of difference: the equipment flying that route is one of Qantas’ Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.


A Bunch Of US High-Schoolers Broke The Paper Airplane World Record

A ‘science’ project for high school kids normally involves making a poster of the periodic table, or perhaps torching things with a small gas burner if your science teacher is a bit Walter White. If you’re also a cadet with the Civil Aviation Patrol, on the other hand, you can make a computer-controlled, record-breaking paper airplane.


For $300, You Can 'Fly' On A Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following — whose fixation with the past that doesn’t seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft Lauderdale, you can turn back the clock.


Watch A Mammoth Airbus A380 Go From The Assembly Line To The Runway

No matter how annoying it gets to squish into an economy seat, it’s hard to deny that aeroplanes are awe-inspiring. Watching Qatar Airways’ recent Airbus A380 assembled highlights how intricate the design of these beastly machines really is.


Nike's Concept Jet For Pro Athletes Is A Luxury Lounge At 40,000 Feet

Pro athletes lead a very luxurious life, with trainers ensuring they’re always in top physical shape. But they still travel in cramped aeroplanes that weren’t designed for seven-footers. Teague design firm and Nike have come up with a solution: a super-luxurious concept jet that caters to a team’s every need.