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The windows in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are awesome. You can electronically dim them for five different levels of sunlight and visibility. That's so much better than the typical aeroplane window shade option of blinding or blocked out. But the coolest thing about Dreamliner windows are how huge they are, like vertical panoramas of the sky. How come the 787 can support bigger aeroplane windows but other planes can't? It's because the Dreamliner is mostly made of carbon reinforced plastic.
Video: To my eye, the clouds that aeroplane wings make on takeoff and landing look like a cool force field — a stealth shroud that envelopes the aeroplane as its flying around. Reality is less fun though, because the clouds that are rolling over the wings of the aeroplane are caused by the lift forces that let our planes fly.
Over the weekend, Delta Airlines temporarily grounded all domestic flights due to an unexplained technical error, the second major American airline to do so in the last seven days.
Video: London's Heathrow Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, so it's no surprise that if you look up in the sky during the morning rush, you'll see a line of aeroplanes swarming around, patiently waiting to land on its runways. This video from TopFelya shows 30 minutes of morning arrivals, and there's a plane coming in every other minute.
We don't really have in-flight wi-fi in Australia yet, although both Virgin and Qantas are working on it. It's far more common throughout Europe and the US, but a consortium of European companies is taking a different approach to the new network it's building: instead of satellites dozens of kilometres above the Earth bouncing signals from ground stations to planes and back, the European Aviation Network uses 4G LTE beamed directly upwards from mobile phone towers.
Video: Yowza. Watch this Sukhoi Su-27 make the lowest of low passes at an air base in Ukraine. Like, it flies so impossibly close to the ground that you can see a guy duck and essentially get blown over as the fighter jet flies above his head. The video shows the entire insane approach: The jet flies a few metres over the runway before it peels left and screams right on top of the guy before picking up air again over the cameraman. Bananas.
Video: There are endless documentaries that explain the clever technology that allowed World War I fighter planes to fire their machine guns through their propellers without hitting the blades. But The Slow Mo Guys use their high-speed cameras so you can finally see exactly what's happening.
Video: The fog at London's Gatwick Airport was basically eating up any aeroplane that was trying to land on the runway. Some of the planes essentially disappeared into the unknown, never to be seen again (they were probably sent around). Others were able to land when the fog cleared up a bit but man, that's a scary time to be in the air.
Earlier today, an American Airlines plane with 170 people aboard caught fire at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. Everyone was evacuated alive, though there are some minor injuries. But now a second plane, this one operated by FedEx, has exploded at the Ft Lauderdale airport in Florida.
A Twitter user at Chicago's O'Hare airport tweeted out a photo showing a plane on fire this morning. Popular conservative columnist Michele Malkin also tweeted out her own photo from a plane where she just landed. Ironically, this is the same day that O'Hare was conducting fire drills and telling people on social media not to be afraid if they saw anything unusual. But this one is legit.
Video: These daredevil dudes are total pros, so they aren't fazed at all when one of their guys gets his wingsuit caught on the wheel of an aeroplane. But can you imagine yourself in that holy horror show? You just jumped out of a damn aeroplane and instead of plummeting to the ground (the ideal situation here), you end up dangling upside down on a flying aeroplane at the mercy of a violent wind.
Video: It's a bird? It's a... wait, yeah, it's a plane. But the only reason you'd know that there's a plane flying above you is because you randomly pointed your ridiculously powerful 200x zoom camera towards the sky and managed to spot an aeroplane flying through. The zoom is so strong that you know exactly what airline it is and can probably figure out what type of aircraft it is too. Pretty soon, we'll be able to spot the pilot.