These giant RC airplanes are so huge that you can fly a kid inside

I have seen big RC planes in the past, but this is really getting out of hand. I watch these videos of giant scale RC planes—the one above is 85 percent of the original size!—and I have to wonder what's the point. OK, I know the point: It's awesome, but you may as well build the entire thing. » 10/10/14 1:02pm 10/10/14 1:02pm

This fighter jet film is so amazingly perfect you'd think it is 3D

I have a hard time believing that some of the sequences in this video are not rendered in a 3D software. They are just impossibly perfect—but yes, they are real. Most of them are fighters like the Mirage, F-16, F-18, F-15—but you can see some bombers, like the B-2 and F-117. Pure airplane porn. » 10/09/14 7:45pm 10/09/14 7:45pm

How flying is getting a lot safer in one simple graphic

Fascinating interactive data visualization by Information Is Beautiful Studio for BBC Future: All the flight incidents from 2014 to 1993 in one single graphic—436 in total. The size of the circles correspond to the number of fatalities. Particularly interesting is the chart on the top right. » 10/08/14 8:42pm 10/08/14 8:42pm

The best flying experience ever perfectly recreated in cool new photos

Michael Kelley is a Los Angeles-based architectural photographer and aviation lover who often catches himself "at 2am looking up articles on aviation" (I know that feeling.) So when the opportunity came to recreate the famous Pan Am way-of-fly using a vintage 747, he jumped right in. His new photos are perfect. » 10/02/14 9:03pm 10/02/14 9:03pm

Why the Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed—be it 20 miles per hour or 20 billion miles per hour—we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it's lights… » 10/01/14 2:20pm 10/01/14 2:20pm

The Planes of Red Bull's Air Race Championship

After a three-year hiatus for safety and organizational overhauling, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back for the 2014 season. These races pit daredevil pilots against gravity—and each other—as they guide their acrobatic single-seaters through a series of challenging "air gates" in as little time as… » 9/29/14 11:40am 9/29/14 11:40am

FAA's New $5 Billion Air Traffic Control System Forgot About Drones

Designers of the Federal Aviation Administration's futuristic, new air traffic control system did a whoops. Despite explicit instructions from Congress to take drones into account, they failed to include them in the plans for the $5 billion NextGen system. And it's definitely too late to start over. » 9/26/14 10:11am 9/26/14 10:11am

Planes Will Start Running on Biofuels From Fallen Trees in Two Years

Now here's some welcome innovation in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will be using biofuel on several of its flights by 2016, purchasing the blended fuel from a Colorado company that salvages "140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock" per year—fallen timber from local forests that… » 9/24/14 4:10pm 9/24/14 4:10pm

A Bunch of US High-Schoolers Broke the Paper Airplane World Record

A 'science' project for high school kids normally involves making a poster of the periodic table, or perhaps torching things with a small gas burner if your science teacher is a bit Walter White. If you're also a cadet with the Civil Aviation Patrol, on the other hand, you can make a computer-controlled,… » 9/24/14 12:00am 9/24/14 12:00am

For $300, You Can "Fly" on a Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following—whose fixation with the past that doesn't seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, you can turn… » 9/18/14 4:16pm 9/18/14 4:16pm

Nike's Concept Jet for Pro Athletes Is a Luxury Lounge at 40,000 Feet

Pro athletes lead a very luxurious life, with trainers ensuring they're always in top physical shape. But they still travel in cramped airplanes that weren't designed for seven-footers. Teague design firm and Nike have come up with a solution: a super-luxurious concept jet that caters to a team's every need. » 9/09/14 11:45am 9/09/14 11:45am