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Flying SUX! The Weirdest Stories Behind Our Airport Codes

You see them everywhere: On highway signs, plane tickets, and even humblebraggy Twitter updates. Some are obvious and some make no sense. But what do these three-letter airport codes really mean?


Watch A B-2 Bomber Refuel And Then Make Its Fuel Receptacle Disappear

Video: Damn, that thing really is stealth. This video shows how the B-2 stealth bomber refuels and rotates its fuel receptacle so that it can maintain its stealth. You see the receptacle in clear view when it’s ready for fuel but after it’s all filled up, it’s gone and the whole plane is back to being undetected.


Solar Impulse Just Broke A World Record For Solar-Powered Flight

The Solar Impulse plane took off on its mission to fly around the world without using any fuel on Monday morning, and it’s already breaking records. As part of the journey from Oman to India, it flew the longest ever distance for a solar powered plane going point-to-point.


These 30th Anniversary Robotech Figures Are Pure Nostalgic Joy

If you were worried that Hasbro’s re-release of Jetfire was as close as you’d be able to get to buying Robotech toys again, you’re going to love this. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the anime series, Toynami has released a set of four six-inch tall Veritech fighters that can be transformed into their fighter, battloid or guardian modes. And the folks over at Toyark have already had the opportunity to check them out.


Cool Video Of Planes Causing Beautiful Atmospheric Effects

Video: Earlier this week, we saw some beautiful footage of an Airbus A380 cutting through clouds. YouTube user flugsnug made this neat video showing different aircrafts create more of this amazing atmospheric effects: Cool trailing vortices caused by wing condensation and mesmerising spiral clouds.


New Nightmare Crosswind Landing Videos Will Haunt My Flights Forever

Video: We’ve seen insane landings before — those videos haunt my thoughts vividly every time I’m on a plane. And yet I want to see more. Here are two new videos showing the terrifying wind conditions over Birmingham’s airport in England. I just added it to my list of places I don’t want to fly to.


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.


Watch This Aussie Air Tanker Plane Fighting Victorian Bushfires

Video:Meet RJ. RJ is the short name the Country Fire Association has for one of its RJ85 Large Air Tanker planes that load up with fire retardant to slow the advance of vicious bushfires in Victoria. Thankfully, the CFA attached an action camera to the underside of RJ so we can see it dumping the agent on the fire from close up. Awesome. Keep up the good work, CFA.


Here's The Plane Australia Is Deploying To Help Search For Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501

The search has resumed for a missing Singapore-bound AirAsia flight QZ8501 which lost communication with ground control while flying over the Java Sea, an hour before it was supposed to land 24 hours ago. Australia is now joining the search effort with this high-tech RAAF plane.


Gallery: Qantas Boeing 767 Final Flight

Qantas has had the Boeing 767 in its fleet for almost 30 years. Today the last passenger flight of the Qantas 767 took off from Melbourne to Sydney as QF767 at 1700 AEDT — and we were there to witness it.