Striking images of the first war that felt like a video game

The USAF Air Combat Command just tweeted this photo: "Today in 1991, US-backed coalition air forces attained air supremacy over the Iraqis." Aside from any geopolitical consideration, there's something unsettling about it. It is simultaneously imposing for what it shows and terrible for what it doesn't. » 1/27/15 6:27pm Tuesday 6:27pm

These videos of airplanes launching from aircraft carriers are badass

Once again, the French Navy shows they make the best airplane videos there are. This one shows the flight deck operations onboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles DeGaulle. Although I would have preferred no soundtrack, it helps that, instead of using dubstep, they slapped in AC/DC's Thunderstruck. » 1/07/15 7:49pm 1/07/15 7:49pm

The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

At this point, it's not even funny how much the Pentagon has screwed up the development of its new stealth fighter jet, the F-35. But the latest report that the jet's 25mm cannon won't be operational until 2019 at the earliest is just laughable. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn't even need the gun to… » 12/31/14 2:48pm 12/31/14 2:48pm

The SR-71 Blackbird Took Its First Flight 50 Years Ago Today

No other plane in history has captured the hearts and minds of the American public quite like the SR-71 Blackbird, providing the West with an unprecedented look behind the Iron Curtain during its 33 year operational career. But before it was cracking the skies over Russia at mach 3.3, the Cold War spy plane had to… » 12/22/14 3:43pm 12/22/14 3:43pm

Watch Airbus' mad stunt with $1.5 billion worth of airplanes

I have to give kudos to Airbus for having the guts to do this using five test A350-900 XWB airplanes, its newest wide-body airliner. I know the stunt was well calculated and the pilots—all of them ex-military aviators—knew exactly what they were doing, but the entire thing still looks insane. » 12/22/14 9:32am 12/22/14 9:32am

Climate Change Could Make It Harder for Airplanes to Get Liftoff

Every once in a while, unlucky passengers get bumped because an overbooked airplane is too heavy. It's maddening, and it makes you question the airline's ability to do arithmetic. But there is a method to weight restrictions, and Earth's rising temperatures could make it increasingly hard for planes to take off… » 12/18/14 10:08am 12/18/14 10:08am

Lethal F-35 shows all its weapons in impressive detail

I look at this amazing photo by Matthew Short and I can't help but to be amazed at the amount of brain power humans dedicate to the creation of perfect killing machines. It's sad and terrifying, yet I can't help it but to appreciate the genius and the aesthetics—all while I hate myself for wanting to be Darth Vader… » 12/12/14 8:01pm 12/12/14 8:01pm

These are NASA's coolest and strangest airplanes of the future

Most people don't know this, but NASA doesn't only work in exploring space. Its contribution to airplane technology—National Aeronautics and Space Administration—has been crucial to the development of safer, faster, more efficient travel. These are their coolest future concepts—some of which could enter service as… » 12/08/14 7:17pm 12/08/14 7:17pm

A Genius Way to Stop Airplane Armrest Battles for Good

Today is apparently all about taking air travel from awful to marginally tolerable, the latest of which comes is this brilliant little armrest divider from Soarigami. Because airplane seats are already cramped enough without having to elbow-stab a stranger to claim your turf (and urinating to mark your territory just… » 12/08/14 6:19pm 12/08/14 6:19pm

This RC Carbon Fiber Glider Looks Like a Stealthy Paper Airplane

The Power Up 3.0 was the first paper airplane that actually let you steer and fly your folded creation like an RC toy, but in terms of durability it was still just made of paper. With the Carbon Flyer you lose the ability to fold your own craft, but since it's made from incredibly strong and lightweight carbon fiber,… » 11/27/14 1:28pm 11/27/14 1:28pm

How Long Will I Be Stuck in This Airport? A Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who are trapped in one of the United States' many fine airports on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may find yourself wondering when the hell you're going to get out of here and on to your destination. Here's a quick forecast for your (eventual) departure. » 11/26/14 4:57pm 11/26/14 4:57pm