airplanes

NASA's Ten Engine Electric Drone Goes From Chopper To Aeroplane And Back

Space missions get all the hype, but NASA Aeronautics is doing some pretty rad stuff, too. Their ten engine, unmanned electric plane, for instance, has just successfully transitioned from hover mode to wing-borne flight and back again.


Cool Photo Of A Paratrooper Makes It Look Like He's Surfing An Aeroplane

The angle of this photo of a paratrooper making a jump off a C-130 aeroplane is so perfect that it makes it seem like the soldier is using the Hercules aircraft as a surfboard of sorts. Obviously, he’s not standing on the plane (it’s just our perspective fooling us, or just me), but riding an aeroplane while outside the plane would be so badass.


Cool Drone Footage Of Russia's Air Force Museum Is Heaven For Planes

All these fighter jets and war planes and attack helicopters are on display at Russia’s Central Air Force Museum, just outside of Moscow. They’re advanced killing machines, and yet this drone footage makes them look so peaceful, resting and hibernating in the Russian winter snow. It’s as if we’ve stumbled upon a paradise for planes.


Spectacular Video Of F-18s In Never-Before-Seen Action

Our friend Lieutenant Chris Nigus — Weapons Training Officer with the Strike-Fighter Squadron VFA-27 Royal Maces — sent us his new video, which has some truly spectacular shots that I have never seen before. Like the night gunfire video above — we only had photos — or this cool landing footage from a carrier’s deck camera.


Inflight Internet Is The Most Useful Thing In The Entire World

As I write this right now, I’m over the coast of southern India, about 41,000ft in the air on an Emirates Airbus A380. But I’m not disconnected from the world; the ‘net up here is actually quite fast.


Nobody Would Have Believed This Photo 70 Years Ago

Looking at this picture, it is hard to believe that the United States and Australia were in a bloody no quarter war against Japan only 70 years ago: Spot the Mitsubishi F-2 escorting a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the direct heir of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Three Generations Of US Air Force Power In One Photo

Image Cache: A United States Air Force (USAF) B-2A Spirit stealth bomber (background) comes into land following a mission during Exercise RED FLAG 15-1, with a USAF F-22A Raptor (foreground left) and F-15E Strike Eagle (foreground right) on the flightline at Nellis Air Force Base.


Why NASA Crashed A Plane In The Desert Thirty Years Ago

Thirty years ago NASA carried out a controlled impact demonstration, known as “the crash in the desert”, in which researchers essentially crashed a Boeing 720 into an dry lake bed. We take a look at every aspect of this crazy experiment and what the aerospace engineers learnt after completing it.


These Videos Of Aeroplanes Launching From Aircraft Carriers Are Badass

Once again, the French Navy shows they make the best aeroplane videos there are. This one shows the flight deck operations onboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles DeGaulle. Although I would have preferred no soundtrack, it helps that, instead of using dubstep, they slapped in AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.


Meteorologists: Engine Ice Likely The 'Triggering Factor' Of AirAsia Crash 

According to a report from Indonesian meteorological experts, the most likely cause of the tragic crash of AirAsia flight QZ8501 was not turbulence (as was previously believed), but actual chunks of ice inside the Airbus A320’s engine.