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Watch The Almighty Kim Jong-un Allegedly Flying A Plane By Himself

To celebrate the New Year, the national North Korean television network has broadcasted this footage of the supreme leader flying a plane. According to local media, the almighty Kim Jong-un piloted and landed the aircraft by himself — with the help of his two assistants.


Video: Incredible View Of A Hawk Flying Through A Forest Of Trees

Now this is a true bird’s eye view of flying. And in the future, this may be how DARPA drones fly too. The footage shows a goshawk flying super-fast through a dense forest, and somehow navigating through it. Its wings occasionally hits trees, but it still manages to zip itself through impossible narrow gaps at high speeds.


Spread Holiday Cheer Even Farther With This Flying Christmas Tree

Wouldn’t decorating for the holidays be so much easier if you could simply have a decked-out Christmas tree delivered to your home that would then simply up and fly away on the 26th? That dream is now one step closer to reality thanks to Otto Dieffenbach from Flyguy Promotions — who has created a flying Christmas tree that doesn’t look too shabby.


Guy In Wingsuit Flies Impossibly Close To The Ground

Video: I thought this wingsuit guy flying so close to the ground was going to crash multiple times. I held my breath and closed my eyes and stressed myself out anticipating the worse and still can’t believe he pulled it off. He flies so close to the ground, zips right passed all the rocks and perfectly evades all the trees.


Gizmodo Visits NASA Microgravity University: Future Spaceflight In Zero G

How do you test a new method for CPR in space without actually going into space? You take flight in a microgravity plane, obviously. For the last 20 years, NASA’s Reduced Gravity Office has opened up its zero-g planes to college students from around the country, who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to test physical experiments in a weightless environment. Yes, they get to play with fire in zero g. Lucky…


The Best Time To Buy US Airline Tickets Is On Sunday 57 Days In Advance

The Christmas travel season is coming, and here’s some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What’s more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday — which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday.


How Flying Is Getting A Lot Safer In One Simple Graphic

Fascinating interactive data visualisation by Information Is Beautiful Studio for BBC Future: All the flight incidents from 2014 to 1993 in one single graphic — 436 in total. The size of the circles correspond to the number of fatalities. Particularly interesting is the chart on the top right.


I Flew To Work In The Uber For The Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realise just how different my work commute will be today.


I Want To Spend My Days Flying Like This Golden Eagle

Mongolians love their golden eagles. They use them to hunt on the steppes of Western Mongolia, riding on their horses at the same time — an art known as “Horse Riding Falconry”. David De Vleeschauwer and Debbie Pappyn went to Mongolia to put a camera on one of these winged beasts of the Altai Mountains.


Planes Will Start Running On Biofuels From Fallen Trees In Two Years

Now here’s some welcome innovation in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will be using biofuel on several of its flights by 2016, purchasing the blended fuel from a Colorado company that salvages “140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock” per year — fallen timber from local forests that might otherwise serve as fuel for wildfires.


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