planes

A Football With Wings Lets You Throw Farther Than An NFL Quarterback

The ultimate football fantasy involves throwing a last second Hail Mary pass into the endzone that ends up winning the Super Bowl. Such a fantasy usually requires you to have an NFL-calibre throwing arm, but the winged Raptor Football promises to give quarterback-like capabilities to almost anyone. Now we just need it approved by the NFL.


A Plane Nearly Crashed Into A Drone At Heathrow Airport

A plane landing at London’s Heathrow Airport earlier this year was 700 feet off the ground when the pilot spotted a remote-controlled drone too close for comfort, with the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority assigning the incident its most dangerous possible rating. British pilots say that drones flown by amateur photographers and videographers represent a “real risk” to planes during landing and take-off.


Gizmodo Visits NASA: What It Feels Like To Fly In A Crazy Zero-Gravity Plane

Last week we showed you how NASA simulates space here on Earth, with everything from advanced virtual reality to monstrous thermal vacuum chambers. But all of that still can’t prepare you for how an object, or an experiment, will behave in zero gravity. Sometimes you just have to fly.


Passengers In Siberia Had To Push A Plane Down The Tarmac To Take Off

Think you have travel woes? At least you don’t have to push your own plane down a frozen tarmac in -50C temperatures like these travellers in Siberia did.


What's Your Worst Holiday Travel Horror Story?

We all have one of those holiday travel stories. That time you got to the airport and realised you forgot to click the buy button. That time you stepped onto the train platform and the zipper on your suitcase broke sending all of your sweaters onto the tracks. That time you got on a bus and your carsick neighbour barfed on his shoes. Life is just a John Candy movie waiting to happen.


Watch A 55-Day Overhaul Of The Largest Passenger Plane In Two Minutes

Emirates’ very first mammoth Airbus A380 has racked up some crazy stats since first being delivered to the airline back in 2008. And after 3000 takeoffs, 20 million kilometres and 1.2 million passengers, it’s no wonder the plane’s first major checkup took a total of 55 days. Thanks to the magic of timelapse, though, you get to watch the whole thing go down in under two minutes.


Jetfire, One Of The Best Transformers Toys From The 1980s, Is Back

Back in the ’80s there were some Transformers toys you could buy anywhere, and then there were some that seemingly only existed as rumours, spotted by a friend’s cousin’s neighbour at a distant out-of-state Toys”R”Us. Such was the case with Jetfire, a towering elusive Autobot that few kids actually owned, but all yearned for.


A Flying RC Car That's As Easy To Pilot As It Is To Drive

There was once a time when flying an RC plane cost thousands of dollars and required months of practice to avoid accidentally destroying your investment. That’s no longer the case, because for just $US60 Hot Wheels’ new Street Hawk puts you at the controls of a bona-fide remote control plane that’s surprisingly easy to fly, and remarkably durable while you learn.


NASA Finally Tests Its Shape-Shifting Aeroplane Wings

First revealed to the public earlier this year, NASA and the US Air Force Research Laboratory have finally begun testing what they hope will be a revolutionary new aeroplane wing design that replaces moving parts with shape-changing assemblies allowing wings to bend and twist to manoeuvre a craft through the air.


What To Do If The Pilot Passes Out And You Have To Land A Plane

So — your pilot passed out. The good news is the plane will probably have a sophisticated autopilot that can take care of most of the flying for you. The bad news is you will still probably have to land the damn thing. And since every aircraft cockpit is going to be different, it’s not like you’d know exactly where to look to find the things you need.