You Must Read This Test Pilot's Story of an SR-71 Disintegrating Midair

This story has been kicking around the internet for awhile, but man oh man oh man is it worth a read. Test pilot Bill Weaver was flying an SR-71 Blackbird on an experimental evaluation flight when a malfunction at Mach 3.18 caused the plane to literally tear apart. Yet somehow, Weaver survived. » 3/08/14 1:00pm 3/08/14 1:00pm

Malaysia Airlines Flight Carrying 239 Vanishes Off Coast of Vietnam

Friday afternoon, at about 1:40 pm EST, a passenger jet flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared from radar screens and lost radio contact with air traffic control. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which was scheduled to land four hours later, was carrying 227 passengers, including two infants, and 12 crew members. » 3/08/14 10:53am 3/08/14 10:53am

This Sensorless Flying Robot Is Like a Drunken Speeder Bike Orb

After putting its rovers on Mars, Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab showed the world that billion dollar hardware isn't always the answer. And researchers at the EPFL are taking the same technology-on-the-cheap approach with a low-cost autonomous flying drone that simply bumps and crashes into everything in its path instead… » 10/30/13 11:40am 10/30/13 11:40am

Watch Two Planes Collide, Get Stuck Together in Mid-Air and Somehow…

If I was a pilot and I saw a plane headed straight toward me, I'd figure I was doomed. If I was a pilot and I saw a plane stuck to my own plane, I'd figure we were both doomed. Luckily for these two pilots in Holland, who hit each other in mid-air and then found themselves stuck to one another, they managed to pull… » 9/10/12 9:30pm 9/10/12 9:30pm

This 727 Was Deliberately Crashed In the Desert For a TV Show We Can't…

When a plane unfortunately crashes there's no shortage of photos and video of the wreckage, but rarely footage of the actual impact. So to appease our morbid curiosity of what really happens when a large airliner crashes, the Discovery Channel deliberately downed a 727 in the desert for an upcoming show. » 4/30/12 9:59am 4/30/12 9:59am

Watch a Man Cheat Death as His Truck Plummets Off a Cliff

Jumping out of a moving vehicle just before it plummets off a cliff is standard stuff for action movies and James Dean impressionists, but actually seeing it happen in real life is breathtaking. A tow-truck driver in Norway did just that, though, when the heavy truck he was towing slipped off the icy road. » 4/02/12 12:58pm 4/02/12 12:58pm

How Car Crash Modeling Technology Could Predict Offshore Drilling…

It's the billion-dollar question for offshore drilling giants: Could the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been prevented? Researchers at MIT's Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory may have found at least a partial answer—the same kind of computer modeling that predicts whether car components can hold their own in a… » 8/17/11 9:40pm 8/17/11 9:40pm