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How We Will Find Out If The Discovered Plane Wreckage Is Part Of MH370

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared and investigators finally have their first big lead for finding the lost plane. A piece of an aircraft’s wing — a flaperon, to be specific — washed up on Réunion Island, 193 kilometres off the coast of Madagascar, 4,828km away from where investigators were looking. But we’re still a long way from many of the answers we need.


A Cup-Holding Device Mount Makes Flying Slightly More Bearable

Gone are the days when flying was like taking a luxury cruise. Passengers are now herded onto planes and into seats that barely leave enough room to breath. There are ways to make flying slightly more enjoyable, though, like a tablet mount called the Airhook that also holds a drink so you can leave your tray table folded away.


This YouTube Trove Of Amazing Flight Videos Is An Aviation Nerd's Dream

Because of their ubiquity, it’s easy to forget how impressive aeroplanes are. But this treasure trove of videos on the YouTube channel JustPlanes, full of old and new footage alike of flights and pilot POVs, reminds us of the awesomeness of those big metal birds.


Tilting Wings Let This New Air Hogs RC Plane Hover Like A Helicopter

Borrowing a neat trick from the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, Spin Master has created a new RC plane that’s able to take off and land vertically at the push of a button. The Air Hogs Fury Jump Jet’s wings and rotors both rotate to point up, essentially turning the plane into a helicopter that can hover in mid-air.


Watch Planes Cut Straight Through Paris By Flying On Top Of A Street

Video: Watch as aeroplanes cut straight through Paris as they fly right on top of Champ-Elysses and hit all the landmarks of Paris, from La Defense to the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre and everything in between. The footage gets a little jittery at times and almost looks fake, but it’s so cool to rip through an entire city like this in one straightaway flight.


Data-Collecting Planes Are Counting Africa's Elephants To Curb Poaching

Animals like tigers, lions and elephants are majestic creatures we learn about when we’re kids. But unfortunately many of those species share another trait — they live on the edge of extinction. One hundred African elephants are killed per day for ivory, but one mapping project is tracking these creatures in hopes of saving them.


Hobby Drones Derailed Firefighters' Attempt To Put Out A Wildfire

Drought-stricken California has seen a wildfire rage on this week, but when planes carrying flame retardant attempted to contain the fire Wednesday, someone’s hobby drone hovering over the scene got in the way.


Tiny Electric Backup Engine For Planes Kicks In When All Else Fails

A commercial airliner with multiple engines can limp to a runway if one of them fails. But a small plane, driven by just a single propeller, is in more serious trouble when its engine stops. So researchers have created a tiny electric backup that kicks in during an emergency, ensuring the craft can safely get to the ground.


These Fuel Cell Trolleys Can Power An Old Plane's In-Flight Electronics

Believe it or not, that modern-looking tin can in the sky you’re flying — with its touchscreen TVs at every seat — most likely took flight for the first time decades ago. All of those fancy electronics are upgrades sucking on outdated power systems. That’s why these trolley carts were created to deliver a different kind of juice.


See The First Female F-35 Pilot Begin Her Training

Lt Col Christine Mau, 33rd Operations Group deputy commander, just completed a training flight as the first female F-35 pilot in the US. Here are photos of her in an F-35A, a fifth-generation single-seat fighter.


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