This C-130J Super Hercules is on a regular mission over North Carolina, not escaping an alien fireball. But the 75,000 pound cargo beast is still so powerful, it warped the entire sky behind it.
America's gotten significantly heavier over the past twenty years and we should have seen this coming. First Kevin Smith gets booted off that flight, then that guy sues White Castle for not having plus-sized booths. Now, one of the nation's largest ferry systems is obligated to carry fewer people on each trip.
After flying his fuel-strapped plane mere inches above the Pacific Ocean for an hour and a half, this pilot finally ditched his plane in the ocean without incident, emerged without injury, and was immediately rescued by the Coast Guard. Easy!
10 years ago, the Coast Guard was guaranteed $17 billion dollars to purchase or re-outfit 250 ships over a period of 25 years. After spending $7 billion, there are two completed ships. There are supposed to be at least eight.
America! We're super fat! We take up multiple plane seats! We drink pudding for breakfast! We sit around on the internet! Well, two thirds of us are—and thanks to them, now fewer of us can fit on boats.
The US Coast Guard has released their best videos from 2009, and this crewman emergency medical rescue mission—using a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter over a moving nuclear US Navy submarine—just blew me away. Check them out in the gallery.
Apparently drug runners are relying on an amazing bit of DIY gadgetry to smuggle cocaine into the US in increasing numbers: home-built submarines. Knocked together in the Colombian jungle, and costing up to a million bucks, they are actually semi-submersibles, since full diving is just a bit too sophisticated.…