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Why You Should Always Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

Video: “I don’t want to die.” That’s what Destin from Smarter Every Day says as his oxygen level drops dangerously low and yet he’s completely unable to put his oxygen mask back on to save himself because his brain isn’t functioning properly.


Luggage Made From Recycled Aeroplane Seats Might Just Be Indestructible

When you think of the daily abuse that aeroplane seats have to endure, it’s a minor miracle they aren’t torn to shreds after just a week of air travel. The fabrics used for the upholstery must be just short of indestructible, so it makes sense to eventually recycle those materials into bags and packs that can easily survive your daily commute.


Watch A Plane Almost Fall Off An Aircraft Carrier After A Cable Suddenly Snaps

Here’s an E-2C Hawkeye trying to land on the USS Eisenhower. Everything seems normal until the arresting cable on the carrier — which is supposed to snare an aircraft as it lands — suddenly snaps. The aeroplane almost looks like a runaway car until it drops and disappears out of view, off the carrier. Luckily, the aircraft managed to fly back up in time to avoid diving into the ocean.


What's Actually Inside An Aeroplane's Black Box?

Whenever you hear about a tragic plane crash, you always hear about the mythical black box. What exactly does the black box do and what’s even inside it? What’s Inside took a look by cutting the black box (it’s not actually black) in half and ripping it open to see its guts.


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.


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