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What's the Point of a Fly-By When We Have the Tech to Go Into Orbit?

New Horizons’ fly-by of Pluto and its moons is the latest in a historic string of missions to objects in the solar system. But given that a fly-by lasts for just a short time, how much can we really get out of it? There’s no doubt that the mission will yield a great deal of interesting data, but surely more would be… » 7/16/15 4:15am 7/16/15 4:15am

The most insane airplane low pass yet

If you were standing up straight, your head would be clipped off from this low pass from a fighter jet. That’s how close this Libyan MiG-23 is flying to the ground. The flyby is terrifyingly low and ridiculously fast and it is completely wild, especially considering how Libya only has a smattering of these jets and is… » 7/10/15 3:35pm 7/10/15 3:35pm

Flying man in wingsuit comes close to crashing into Rio's Jesus statue

A good policy on all wingsuit jumps is to never crash into anything. A secondary policy to follow would be if you do crash into something, make sure it's soft and not Rio de Janeiro's 125-foot tall Christ the Redeemer statue. Jesus Christ may be forgiving but his statue made of 635 metric tons of reinforced concrete… » 2/25/14 9:44pm 2/25/14 9:44pm

Flying man in wingsuit flies deathly close to the ground like Superman

He's Superman. Actually, I take it back. I don't even think Superman would fly this impossibly close to the ground because it's just ridiculous. Insane, really. That didn't stop wingsuit pilot Brian Drake from zipping mere feet from the ground though. Look at him tear through the gully and marvel at death being… » 12/18/13 7:26pm 12/18/13 7:26pm

Slo-Mo Flybys, Big Guys Jumping Little Guys, and Some Smashing Pumpkins

Roll that spliff phatly, pack some fresh ice into the binger, and set the Volcano to "toastify." It's time for Gizmodo's newest feature, The Stoner Channel. We've collected our best high-times material for the discerning pothead so sit back, relax, and pass that shit to the left, yo. » 3/03/12 12:00am 3/03/12 12:00am

Pilot Gets Fired After Extremely Low Flyby in Brand-New Boeing 777

Captain Ian Wilkinson got fired after doing a crazy 322mph flyby at 28 feet over the 9,000-foot runway at Paine Field, a regional airport located next to Boeing's Everett facilities, the manufacturing site of the new 777-300 he was flying to Hong Kong, and the 787 Dreamliner. Reportedly, first he was congratulated… » 2/25/08 9:01am 2/25/08 9:01am