airplanes

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.


The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able To Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

Last year, Australia dramatically boosted its order of the still-in-development, problem-prone F-35 stealth fighter. Now a new report says the jet’s 25mm cannon won’t be operational until 2019 at the earliest. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn’t even need the gun to begin with.


Watch This Virgin Atlantic 747 Jumbo Jet Land Without One Of Its Landing Gears

A Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 had to make an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport, London, when its right landing gear got stuck. Amazingly enough, the pilots managed to keep control with only three of the four gears in place.


The SR-71 Blackbird Took Its First Flight 50 Years Ago Today

No other plane in history has captured the hearts and minds of the American public quite like the SR-71 Blackbird, providing the West with an unprecedented look behind the Iron Curtain during its 33 year operational career. But before it was cracking the skies over Russia at mach 3.3, the Cold War spy plane had to prove itself during a series of test flights. The first of those took place on December 22, 1964.


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