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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.


This Redesigned Aeroplane Cabin Would Give You More Room For Everything

You board the plane and instinctively duck to clear the overhead container doors. They’re all full already, so you cram your carry-on under the seat in front of you while the slob next to you reaches across your face to adjust the reading light. No more: one design firm’s new cabin concept eliminates all those problems.


Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Has Some Serious Moves

What do you when you have an airplane that you want to show off? Throw it around a bit, of course. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner was put through its paces at the Farnsborough Air Show over the last few days, and its performance was pretty damn impressive.


The TSA Is On The Lookout For Electronics That Won't Turn On

The US Transportation Security Administration has a new target: mobile phones and other electronics that won’t power up. At certain airports, if your device won’t turn on, it — and maybe you — won’t get on that plane.


Every Single Plane Crossing The North Atlantic In A 24-Hour Period

This new, cool 3D visualisation shows all the passenger planes that go through the five major air spaces over the North Atlantic during a 24 hour period. It’s like watching a modern version of the thermonuclear war simulations in War Games — without all the final explosions.


OK, Fine, The 3Doodler Can Do At Least One Cool Thing

After trying it out at CES earlier this year, we weren’t completely blown away with what the 3Doodler — a sort of handheld 3D printer — was capable of. Producing anything remotely recognisable requires an enormous amount of time and patience, which Matt Butchard must have in spades since he used the pen to create a 3D-printed model plane that actually flies.


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