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 Monday 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 Monday 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

​Sex 'n Spas: The Future (And Not So Future) of In-Flight Entertainment

Careening through the air 30,000 feet above the ground in seats that get smaller every day are too cramped to recline can be a brutal experience. To help us cope, airlines have evolved sophisticated on-demand entertainment in the form of games, movies, internet, and the occasional backrub. Here's a look at some of the… » 11/24/14 2:48pm 11/24/14 2:48pm

Watch a 55-Day Overhaul of the Largest Passenger Plane in Two Minutes

Emirates' very first mammoth Airbus A380 has racked up some crazy stats since first being delivered to the airline back in 2008. And after 3,000 takeoffs, 12.5 million miles, and 1.2 million passengers, it's no wonder the plane's first major checkup took a total of 55-days. Thanks to the magic of timelapse, though,… » 11/20/14 10:40am 11/20/14 10:40am

Cool photos of F-22s and F-35s flying together for the first time

Behold the F-22 Raptor (top two) and F-35 Lightning II (bottom two) flying together for the first time in history. Arguably the two most technologically advanced military jets in the world, the Lt. Col. Matt Renbarger—commander of the 58th Fighter Squadron—says they mix together like peanut butter and jelly: » 11/19/14 6:40pm 11/19/14 6:40pm

This Plane That Carries Planes Costs a Quarter of a Billion Dollars

With a front end like Megamind's noggin, this massive airliner may not be the prettiest of airplanes but her whopping 47 ton cargo capacity more than makes up for her homeliness. Popularly known as the "Beluga," this super-capacity transport helps keep the European aviation industry in the air. It's a whale of a plane. » 11/19/14 11:40am 11/19/14 11:40am

Impressive 1980s photo of old jet fighters flying over Giza's pyramids

I'm completely nerdgasming out over this image of old jet fighters flying over the pyramids of Giza during operation Bright Star in 1983. If I'm not mistaken, I see from left to right, top to bottom: F-4 Phantom, Mirage (III?), MiG-19, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-14 Tomcat, A-6 Intruder, MiG-21, and A-7 Corsair. » 11/14/14 10:38pm 11/14/14 10:38pm