Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Is Having Wing Cracking Problems

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Boeing's long-suffering 787 Dreamliner has hit yet another snag: At least 42 newly-produced jets may have hairline fractures along the wings. Luckily, the planes haven't been delivered to buyers yet, but it's still bad news for Boeing. » 3/07/14 4:56pm 3/07/14 4:56pm

Boeing's X-36 Is the Single Coolest R/C Plane in the History of Aviation

Despite the mammoth budgets assigned to next-generation military aircraft programs, the Department of Defense is always looking for ways to streamline the development process and shave dollars from a combat system's bottom line. You'd think the DoD would take Boeing's lead and just build quarter-sized, remote… » 3/05/14 11:40am 3/05/14 11:40am

Passenger Snaps Photo of Fuel Pouring Out of a Dreamliner's Wing

If Boeing was looking to 2014 as a fresh start for their constantly malfunctioning Dreamliner, that particular dream is almost certainly crushed by now. In addition to one of the plane's batteries malfunctioning (again) just a few days ago, a Norweigan's Airlines flight was cancelled yesterday after a passenger noticed … » 1/21/14 4:13pm 1/21/14 4:13pm

Did Another Boeing Dreamliner Battery Really Just Catch On Fire?

Reuters reports that smoke was seen coming from a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner early Wednesday morning. You might remember that almost exactly a year ago, a Dreamliner caught on fire in Boston, grounding the plane worldwide for four months. The cause of that fire? The battery. Oof Boeing can't catch a break. » 1/14/14 12:12pm 1/14/14 12:12pm

These Doomsday Planes Protect Heads of State When Disaster Strikes

In the event of a nuclear strike on American soil, we're going to be in a little bit of trouble. But at least we'll die safe in the knowledge that the valiant leaders of our nation—or any yahoos lucky enough to be in office at the time—will be escaping the nuclear holocaust in a fleet of environmentally-impervious… » 1/10/14 12:20pm 1/10/14 12:20pm

Boing 474: The Chinese Are Now Knocking Off Our Airplanes

Chinese manufacturers are experts at knocking off just about anything, from "Rat Ban" sunglasses and "Wee" gaming consoles to, yes, "HiPhones." But now it looks like they're very close to copying another American export: They're bootlegging our Boeing 747s. » 12/02/13 3:00pm 12/02/13 3:00pm

Folding Wings Will Let Boeing's New 777x Squeeze Into Small Airports

Commercial planes have gotten bigger and bigger over the past few decades, but the size of the gate at most airports have stayed the same. To circumvent this little infrastructural disconnect, Boeing's future 777x jet will have a massive wingspan that folds up upon landing. » 11/18/13 12:20pm 11/18/13 12:20pm

The First Full-Size Helicopter That Takes Off and Lands All By Itself

As if there were any doubts that the future of aviation doesn't involve humans at the controls, Boeing's Unmanned Little Bird is the first helicopter to take off and land autonomously, choosing a safe landing site using an on-board laser LIDAR—a combination of light and radar—scanner. » 9/18/13 5:43pm 9/18/13 5:43pm

Boeing Designed and Built This Slick VTOL Drone In Just 27 Days

DARPA's always working on a bunch of crazy projects, whether it's to find the next insane robot hero, or just Star Wars robot arms. On their long list of wants is an unmanned "X-Plane" that can do vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) like the dope-ass F-35B. Boeing whipped up this slick contest entry in 27 days. » 9/14/13 4:03pm 9/14/13 4:03pm

Boeing's Newer, Bigger, Less Flammable Dreamliner Is Ready to Fly

This last year has not been kind to Boeing's fledgling 787 Dreamliner class airplanes, what with the repeated electrical fires, fleet groundings, and bad publicity. But Boeing is confident that it's worked the kinks out in its newest Dreamliner iteration, the 787-9, which rolled out of the factory earlier today and is… » 8/26/13 11:30am 8/26/13 11:30am

Photo of Crashed Southwest Plane Shows Majorly Mangled Landing Gear

So remember how officials were pretty sure that the Southwest Airlines 737 crash landing at La Guardia was caused by a problem with the landing gear? Well, guess what—there was a problem with the landing gear. And according to a tweet from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), it was doozy. » 7/23/13 6:40pm 7/23/13 6:40pm

Investigators: London Dreamliner Fire Was Again Caused by Batteries

An international team of investigators has concluded that the battery inside the emergency locator transmitter is the likely cause of the fire aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner parked on the tarmac at London Heathrow last week. The plot thickens. » 7/18/13 12:09pm 7/18/13 12:09pm

That Boeing 787 Dreamliner that caught fire in London on Friday? Investigators are reportedly looking into the "emergency locator transmitter" as the possible source. This is important because it could mean the fire didn't come from the battery system, which was the issue the last time a Dreamliner caught fire. » 7/15/13 1:19pm 7/15/13 1:19pm

Investigators: Latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner Fire Not Caused by Battery

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner continued the model's string of bad luck yesterday when it burst into flames on the tarmac at London Heathrow Airport yesterday. The good news was that it was unoccupied at the time. And now there's a little bit more, kinda: investigators say it wasn't the battery's fault. » 7/13/13 2:26pm 7/13/13 2:26pm