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A Software Upgrade Grounded Hundreds Of Flights This Weekend

Were you flying to or from the eastern seaboard over the weekend? I’m so sorry. A botched software update caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or cancelled on Saturday and Sunday, so there’s a decent chance you had a bad trip.


The Crazy Simulator Where Pilots Learn How To Fly The F-35

How do pilots learn how to fly a fighter jet that cost a trillion dollars to develop (or a $135 million a pop to make)? By hopping in a total bad arse simulator that mimics everything about the F-35 in basically the sickest video game ever. The pilots in the simulator look like they’re flying some space age ship, with helmets that make them look like they have alien eyes.


We Cannot Allow These Awful Sliding Aeroplane Seats To Become Real

It’s easy to think of ways we could improve aeroplane seat design. It takes some sick creativity to think of how we could make it worse, though. But the world is full of sick people — like these dudes from North Carolina who want to put aeroplane seats on wheels and control them with an iPad.


A New Kind Of Masking Tape Will Save The Aerospace Industry Millions

When engineers build planes, they use heavy aluminium masking tape to cover up surfaces during production. Now, engineers at BAE Systems have created a new kind of tape that leaves the surface clean when it’s peeled away — and it’s reckoned it will save them $US70 million.


Watch A MiG-29 Take Off And Immediately Shoot Up Vertically Into The Sky

Wow, this is so cool. Here’s a MiG-29 fighter jet taking off from a runway and then immediately launching vertically into the sky. The takeoff looks completely normal and innocuous until the jet is a few feet off the ground and then it just zips up like it’s riding the world’s fastest invisible elevator.


This Photo Of F-15 Fighter Jets Looks More Like An Oil Painting

Image Cache: Because of the heat and haze and jet fuel power, the left side of this photo of F-15 Eagles on a runway looks more like an oil painting than a photo. It’s like an artist added some visual style and flair to the image. I like it.


Even A B52 Looks Serene From This Height

Briefly: It’s not often that you could use a word like serene to describe a B-52H Stratofortress. But in this image, accompanied by Saab JAS 39 Gripen jets from the Swedish Armed Forces, that’s exactly how it looks. This image was captured over the Baltic Sea during training manoeuvres on June 11. [US Air Force]


Seeing B-2 Stealth Bombers Land Is Like Seeing Alien UFOs Come To Earth

I forget how impressively thin and futuristic looking a B-2 stealth bomber is. I mean, just watch these two stealth bombers land at Royal Air Force Fairford in England, it looks like a UFO has just touched down on Earth and is ready to take over our planet. Or like a sci-fi fighter jet has hopped through a movie screen and been brought to real life.


Hackers Ground Planes After Hijacking An Airline's Flight Plan System

A cyber attack on Polish airline LOT left 10 flights cancelled this Sunday, stranding around 1400 people at Warsaw’s Chopin airport. The attack hit the airline’s ground computer system, which is used to make flight plans.


Watch A Boeing 787 Dreamliner Takeoff Almost Perpendicular To The Ground

Wow. Watch the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner pull off an amazing aerial display in preparation for the 2015 Air Show. You can see the big bodied jet pretend it’s like a stunt plane and basically do tricks in the air. The most impressive has to be the take off though, the jet almost immediately goes nearly perpendicular to the ground once it starts flying.


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