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Monster Machines: NASA's Vomit Comet Trains Astronauts In The Ways Of Weightlessness

With limited lab space aboard the ISS and skyrocketing launch costs, only the very best extraterrestrial experiments make it into orbit. To put prospective experiments and astronauts alike through their weightless paces over the last six decades, NASA has relied on a gracefully arching series of cargo planes called The Vomit Comet.


This Plane Will Circle The World Using Only The Power Of The Sun

You’ve probably heard about the ambitious, almost impossible-sounding project to fly a solar-powered plane around the world without refueling. But now, about a year before the voyage is scheduled to begin, you get your first look at the plane itself. It’s unlike any plane you’ve seen before.


Monster Machines: This Doomsday Plane Is Putin's Personal Escape Pod

America isn’t the only superpower with a “Doomsday Plane” for its head of state. When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to escape danger, he hops aboard this top-secret flying communications center.


Don't Buy Plane Tickets On The Weekend If You Want A Good Deal

You’ve probably heard that you’ll find the cheapest airfare on a Tuesday. But according to a new study from travel startup Hopper, that’s a myth. So when can you find the best fares?


Monster Machines: How NASA's Supercritical Wings Save Airlines Millions Every Year

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, aviation engineers struggled to overcome an important issue: that planes became increasingly difficult to control, the closer they got to the sound barrier. It wasn’t until NASA strapped a pair of custom-made wings onto this fighter that supersonic flight became not just feasible, but downright commonplace.


Huge Part Of A Delta Airliner's Wing Breaks Off At Takeoff

Missing panels and gremlins top the list of things you don’t want to see on a plane’s wing at 30,000 feet. But on Delta flight 2412 from Orlando to Atlanta yesterday, one passenger captured this unnerving scene: a big panel came loose and fell during take-off.


Flytenow Is The Aeroplane Rideshare Service You Can Actually Afford

Admit it: You’ve always wanted to ride in a private plane. Imagine stretching out your legs and listening to music without headphones. What luxury! Too bad, you probably can’t afford it. But, with Flytenow, you just might.


I Wish This Energy Drink-Delivering Drone Would Accompany My Workouts

Powerade has seemingly come up with an amazing way to dethrone Gatorade as the world’s most popular sports drink. It’s just too bad these tiny tanker planes full of hydrating blue energy drinks only exist in this clever commercial created by an ad agency called The Lift.


The First Supersonic Private Jet Has Huge Screens Instead Of Windows

Windows are kind of a drag for aeroplanes — literally. They add extra weight, weaken the body, and generally slow the aircraft down. That’s why the new Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet won’t have any. Instead, passengers get to enjoy their sky-high surroundings on real-time, panoramic video screens.


Monster Machines: Fighter Pilots Couldn't Ask For A Better Wingman Than The Little Buddy

Evading RF (radar frequency) missiles is not unlike running from a bear. You don’t have to outrun the threat itself but merely offer up a more tasty morsel instead — be that your pudgy buddy or, in the case of air combat, a juicy decoy with an enormous radar cross-section.