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.
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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.
Video: The best part about flying on an aeroplane is that moment during the final approach: you look outside your aeroplane window and see the city where you're about to land from way up above, and comment on why so many people have pools in their backyards and see how big the freeways are and delight at all the parks and so forth. It's so fun! There's so much to see! But the last thing I'd expect to see during that moment is another plane landing at the same time as my plane on the runway right next to mine.
Here's some truly frightening footage of aeroplanes landing at Birmingham Airport in the UK. "Landing" actually might not be the best term for these though because the aeroplanes look more like they're spinning sideways and tilting out of control and praying that their wheels touch the ground instead of bouncing off like a basketball. These giant flying machines look more like toys than actual aeroplanes holding hundreds of people.
Here's really cool footage of a Swedish Saab JAS-39 Gripen fighter jet landing on a road in Finland. The Aviationist says both Finnish and Swedish aircraft were conducting a military force exercise at the Rovaniemi Air Base and on the strip of road. There are also pictures of the planes taking off from the road too.
Steven Edmundson uploaded this extraordinary video of the landing of the enormous Lockheed C-5 Galaxy -- one of the largest cargo aircrafts on Earth -- from the point of view of its undercarriage.
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.
That's some serious skill. Not only is the plane landing in the mountains, it's also in the middle of the forest. Not only is it in the middle of the forest but the runway is incredibly narrow. Not only is the runway narrow but it's a bumpy arse strip of dirt too. So yeah. That is some serious skill.
Video: The Falcon 9 performed a vertical soft landing test last week, and SpaceX got a pretty neat point-of-view video of the re-entry and touch down from an onboard camera. The camera's glass broke thanks to the landing burn but the images of the rocket entering the earth from such an unusual perspective are really impressive nonetheless.
The Mars Curiosity Rover is now on the surface of Mars. During the seven minutes of terror that preceded touch down, all the stages had to work perfectly in sync, or the rover would have plunged into the surface. The first critical piece was the parachute.