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Here's How Many Weapons A B-52 Bomber Can Hold

Video: The US Air Force’s B-52 Bomber has been around since the 1950s and can hold up to 31,750kg of weapons. It’s a legendary beast that stretches 47.5m long, has a wingspan of 56m, and hits 12m tall. Known as the BUFF (that’s for Big Ugly Fat Fucker), it can hold nine weapons on each wing and 27 more inside the weapons bay. More devastatingly, it can also hold eight nukes inside.


Neat Video Shows Two Passenger Jets Landing Side-By-Side At The Same Time

Video: The best part about flying on an aeroplane is that moment during the final approach: you look outside your aeroplane window and see the city where you’re about to land from way up above, and comment on why so many people have pools in their backyards and see how big the freeways are and delight at all the parks and so forth. It’s so fun! There’s so much to see! But the last thing I’d expect to see during that moment is another plane landing at the same time as my plane on the runway right next to mine.


How Can Budget Airlines Be So Cheap To Fly?

Video: Budget airlines like Jetstar and Tiger Airways in Australia, JetBlue and Southwest in the United States, and Ryanair and Easy Jet in Europe, are often significantly cheaper to fly compared to legacy airlines like Qantas and Virgin. How is this possible? Flying is expensive! The simple answer is that budget airlines simplify as many costs as possible.


How Do Stealth Aeroplanes Work?

Video: How does radar not detect a B-2 stealth bomber? How can an aircraft with a 52m wingspan register as small as just a large bird, if anything at all? The Northrop B-2 Spirit escapes radar by being specifically designed to reflect radio waves away from the source so it’d never be detected.


Forensics Official: Flight MS804 Evidence 'Points Towards An Explosion' 

Since last Friday, search teams have been gathering debris from the crash site of Flight MS804. Now, an Egyptian forensics official has admitted that from what’s been recovered so far it seems likely there was an explosion aboard the aeroplane.


EgyptAir Plane Carrying 66 Crashes Into Mediterranean Sea

An EgyptAir Airbus A320 with 66 people on board has disappeared from radar above Egyptian airspace yesterday, somewhere over the eastern Mediterranean.


Watch An Airbus A380 Abort A Landing While It's Incredibly Close To The Ground

Video: Here’s a British Airways Airbus A380 attempting to land at the Vancouver airport. You can see the world’s largest passenger aeroplane make its final approach and come so, so close to the ground — but then decide to abort and make a go-around instead. It’s incredibly impressive to see such a big plane make a manoeuvre like this.


Solar Impulse Has Made It To Tulsa

Solar Impulse has chalked up another 1600km in its bid to circumnavigate the globe. The all-electric solar-powered aeroplane successfully flew from Phoenix to Tulsa, landing in the dead of night.


Why Do Aeroplane Wings Curl Up At The End?

Have you ever noticed that aeroplane wings curl up at the very end? Why is that? Called winglets, the curled tips shrink the vortices at the end of the wing, which in turn improves its fuel efficiency.


What The Heck Makes Flying So Expensive?

Is it the fuel? Not really. Even though giant passenger jets do guzzle down fuel at a ridiculous 2km per gallon — seriously, they need 8l of jet fuel for every mile travelled — there areso many people on an aeroplane that the fuel cost gets split down to a much more reasonable price: a per person fuel efficiency of 169km per gallon. That’s good! So why is flying so expensive? It’s everything else.


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