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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.


This Tiny Humanoid Robot Can Fly A Plane

A humanoid robot could kick your arse at Flight Simulator… and probably at flying a real plane too.


Monster Machines: The F-22 Is Finally Seeing Action After 7 Years

A mere seven years (less than two presidential terms) after it was declared fit for combat operations, and then repeatedly grounded for operational issues, the F-22 Raptor has finally had its first taste of war, in the skies over what used to be Syria.


This Is How You Fly 200,000 iPhones From China To The US

If you’re hoping for a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and haven’t nailed yours down yet, you’re effectively screwed for the time being. But if you were one of the lucky 4 million buyers, there’s a decent-ish chance your shiny new toy is in the photo above, where it just flew across the Pacific, boarded up with more than 195,000 of its brethren. That is one hell of a cargo.


Nike's Concept Jet For Pro Athletes Is A Luxury Lounge At 40,000 Feet

Pro athletes lead a very luxurious life, with trainers ensuring they’re always in top physical shape. But they still travel in cramped aeroplanes that weren’t designed for seven-footers. Teague design firm and Nike have come up with a solution: a super-luxurious concept jet that caters to a team’s every need.


Monster Machines: The Prius Of Planes Could One Day Replace Helicopters And Jump Jets

Getting an aircraft to launch and land vertically is not difficult. Getting one to launch vertically and then complete a long-endurance flight, however, is an entirely different bag of cats. But a team from NASA’s Langley Research Center believe that they have developed a flight system that can do both tasks equally well. The secret: hybrid power.


Monster Machines: Africa's First Indigenous Aircraft Will Compete With Surveillance UAVs

While Africa’s backyard space program has yet to get off the ground, the continent’s first (arguably) homegrown aircraft has already taken flight. Throughout the continent, these ultralight two-seaters could soon fill the skies where long-range surveillance UAVs are too expensive to fly.


What Would Happen If Pilots Were Jerks Racing Aeroplanes At The Runway

Video: I just stumbled upon this old video that I first watched in 2005, a fake Xbox commercial called Racing Beats made by visual effects students Alex Kiesl and Steffen Hacker. It’s a crazy race between four douchebags. Like Fast and Furious, but driving Boeing 747s around some airport runways.


Monster Machines: This Electron Gun Turns Titanium Powder Into Turbine Blades For Planes

Titanium aluminide is a 3D-printable metal compound that holds great promise for lighter, stronger aircraft turbines but is notoriously difficult to work. That is, it was notoriously difficult to work with, until additive manufacturing firm Avio developed this metal-melting 3 kW electron gun.


Step Inside The Restoration Of The Original Boeing 747

The Boeing 747 is an iconic aircraft that singlehandedly pushed the airline industry into the jumbo jet age. Sitting derelict at the Museum of Flight for 14 years, the very first of its kind is currently undergoing a rigorous restoration process to restore its former glory.


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