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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.


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.