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Birds Are Giving Researchers A Crash Course In Flight Safety

Research at The University of Queensland has revealed the stunningly simple reason why birds never crash mid-flight: they always veer right.

The findings from Professor Mandyam Srinivasan’s laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute have enormous potential for automated anti-crash systems on aircraft.

A Jetstar Flight Filled With Smoke Yesterday

The cabin of a Jetstar Airbus A320 filled with smoke 45 minutues into a flight from Sydney to Cairns yesterday, ending with an unscheduled landing in Brisbane.

Watch A Gigantic RC Fighter Jet Tragically Disintegrate In Mid-Air

Video: RC planes aren’t cheap, and crashing even a $250 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first flight. So imagine how these guys feel when their half-scale Saab Gripen, measuring 8m long and weighing over 100kg, simply disintegrated in mid-air.

Watch The F-16's Autopilot Mode Save An Unconscious Pilot's Life

The US Air Force has declassified a harrowing video showing the heads-up display of student pilot who passed out during a tight manoeuvre. Mercifully, his F-16 was equipped with a ground collision avoidance system, saving him from certain death.

Giant Floating Arse Craps Itself, Crashes

Ladies and gents, the world’s largest aircraft that also looks like a butt has crashed.

This Is What It Looks Like When Your Plane Catches On Fire

Warning: If you already have a fear of flying, just sit this one out. At 2:25am Monday local time, Singapore Airlines flight SQ368 took off for Milan, only to turn around hours later due to engine oil warning, according to the airline. But as soon as the plane touched down at Changi Airport in Singapore, passengers were greeted with this hellish scenario.

Solar Impulse Pilot Feels Awesome After A Full Day Of Nonstop Flying

Most human beings would be in a black mood after spending 24 hours awake, strapped to a chair and concentrating hard so as not to die. Not Bertrand Piccard. Gizmodo caught up the man currently flying the Solar Impulse 2 plane from Hawaii to San Francisco, and he sounded downright chipper.

Boeing Wants To Make Weather Testing Planes Easier With 3D-Printed Fake Ice

Even on a hot summer day, the outside temperature at 9200m can hit 45 below zero. Ice forming on a plane’s fuselage is inevitable, despite how dangerous it can be. So to help ensure planes can survive freezing temperatures, Boeing is developing fake plastic ice to make it easier to test its aircraft.

Video Shot From Fighter Jets Will Melt Your Face

Video: To help Saab Defence and Security capture some spectacular footage of its Gripen fighter jet, a Swedish-based company called Blue Sky built a custom gyro-stabilised camera system that can ride along at speeds of over 555km per hour.

Solar-Powered Aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 To Continue Round-The-World Flight

Over a year ago, the solar-powered aeroplane Solar Impulse 2 started its audacious round-the-world trip — but it became so damaged that it had to pull up short in Hawaii. Now, it’s ready to fly again.

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