A Flying Star Destroyer Drone Looks Terrifying As It Descends From Above

If the opening shot of Star Wars emphasized one thing, it's that the Empire's Star Destroyers are gigantic imposing spaceships that everyone in the galaxy should fear. The same goes for Oliver C's lastest quadcopter creation: a flying Star Destroyer that looks just as intimidating as it descends on you from above. And… » 3/26/15 1:23pm Thursday 1:23pm

Flying SUX! The Weirdest Stories Behind Our Airport Codes

You see them everywhere: On highway signs, plane tickets, and even humblebraggy Twitter updates. Some are obvious and some make no sense. But what do these three-letter airport codes really mean? » 3/19/15 2:33pm 3/19/15 2:33pm

Eagle flies above Dubai from the Burj Khalifa and nails target landing

Watch as an eagle takes off from the Burj Khalifa and flies high up above Dubai in this incredible video that shows you the stunning view from the eagle's point of view. It's fun to see it calibrate itself at 2700 feet in the air and then recognize its landing target and take an immediate dive toward its trainer. » 3/16/15 5:02pm 3/16/15 5:02pm

Could a Jet Engine Survive Sucking Up a Drone?

You can say goodbye to the quadcopter. That much is obvious. But what about airplanes? Passengers on commercial airlines actually have little to worry about, as IEEE Spectrum explains today. » 3/11/15 4:15pm 3/11/15 4:15pm

The Crash of Delta 1086 Is Exactly Why Airlines Cancel Flights for Snow

We've all moaned and groaned over flights cancelled due to weather. It's maddening to miss your connection (or even your whole trip) because of bad weather, but incidents like today's crash of Delta 1086 in a snowy New York City are exactly why they make that tough call that can affect millions of travelers. » 3/07/15 2:14pm 3/07/15 2:14pm

Terrorize the Skies With a Prehistoric Flying RC Pterodactyl

With Jurassic World just around the corner it's a great time to be a lover of both dinosaurs and toys. And while this flapping, flying RC Pterodactyl isn't officially associated with the movie, that's just fine because it's a flapping, flying RC Pterodactyl you can use to terrify your neighborhood. » 2/16/15 5:08pm 2/16/15 5:08pm

Watch the almighty Kim Jong-un allegedly flying a plane "by himself"

To celebrate the New Year, the national North Korean television network has broadcasted this footage of the supreme leader flying a plane. According to local media, the almighty Kim Jong-un piloted and landed the aircraft by himself—with the help of his two assistants. All hail Kim! » 1/02/15 10:22pm 1/02/15 10:22pm

Video: Incredible view of a hawk flying through a forest of trees

Now this is a true bird's eye view of flying. And in the future, this may be how DARPA drones fly too. The footage shows a Goshawk flying super fast through a dense forest and somehow navigating through it. Its wings occasionally hits trees but it still manages to zip itself through impossible narrow gaps at high… » 12/22/14 9:31pm 12/22/14 9:31pm

Spread Holiday Cheer Even Farther With This Flying RC Christmas Tree

Wouldn't decorating for the holidays be so much easier if you could simply have a decked-out Christmas tree delivered to your home that would then simply up and fly away on the 26th? That dream is now one step closer to reality thanks to Otto Dieffenbach from Flyguy Promotions who's created an RC flying Christmas tree » 12/22/14 5:55pm 12/22/14 5:55pm

Delta Now Serves Craft Beer to Help You Forget How Awful Delta Is

Anytime you go careening through the air in a giant metal tube full of strangers and recirculated air, you're probably not going to have a great time. The airlines make sure of this. So to help ease the pain and/or lack of personal space, this week, Delta will start serving beer that doesn't taste like poison wrought… » 12/08/14 4:00pm 12/08/14 4:00pm

Microgravity University: Testing the Future of Spaceflight in Zero G

How do you test a new method for CPR in space without actually going into space? You take flight in a microgravity plane, obviously. For the last 20 years, NASA's Reduced Gravity Office has opened up its zero-g planes to college students from around the country, who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to test… » 11/28/14 12:00pm 11/28/14 12:00pm

Airlines Are Pursuing a Business Strategy of Torturing Passengers

Some years ago, the airline industry set itself on the path towards its current record profits by shrinking seats more, and more, and more. What does the future hold for airlines? More shrinking seats. » 10/30/14 4:03pm 10/30/14 4:03pm

The best time to buy airline tickets is on Sunday 57 days in advance

The holiday travel season is coming, and here's some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What's more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday—which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday. » 10/28/14 7:44pm 10/28/14 7:44pm

Hot air balloon flies underground into Earth for the first time ever

When you hop into a hot air balloon, you expect to fly up. Not anymore. For the first time ever, a hot air balloon was successfully flown down and underground into the Mamet Cave in Croatia. Even better, it was a 70-year-old man who accomplished the feat, dipping down nearly 700 feet into Earth. » 10/03/14 8:29pm 10/03/14 8:29pm

I Flew to Work in the Uber for the Skies

Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realize just how different my work commute will be today. » 9/29/14 3:00pm 9/29/14 3:00pm

I want to spend my days flying like this golden eagle

Mongolians love their golden eagles. They use them to hunt on the steppes of Western Mongolia, riding on their horses at the same time—an art known as "Horse Riding Falconry." David De Vleeschauwer and Debbie Pappyn went to Mongolia to put a camera on one of these winged beasts of the Altai Mountains. » 9/26/14 6:34pm 9/26/14 6:34pm

Planes Will Start Running on Biofuels From Fallen Trees in Two Years

Now here's some welcome innovation in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will be using biofuel on several of its flights by 2016, purchasing the blended fuel from a Colorado company that salvages "140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock" per year—fallen timber from local forests… » 9/24/14 4:10pm 9/24/14 4:10pm

This TSA Checkpoint Is Carved Entirely Out Of Wood

Would a trip through airport security be a little better if it looked like this? Roxy Paine, a New York artist, has painstakingly whittled every last detail of a TSA checkpoint, rendering everything from the X-ray monitor to the plastic boxes for our belongings in smooth, sanded maple. » 9/18/14 9:20pm 9/18/14 9:20pm

For $300, You Can "Fly" on a Perfectly Recreated Pan Am 747

Pan Am ceased to exist 23 years ago, but the defunct airline enjoys a dedicated cult following—whose fixation with the past that doesn't seem quite so odd when considered in light of the stinky, knee-obsessed, genital-groping present of air travel. Now, for roughly what it costs to fly to Ft. Lauderdale, you can turn… » 9/18/14 4:16pm 9/18/14 4:16pm

Mexico City's New Mega-Airport Will Collect Its Own Energy and Water

Cities all over the world have been scrambling to build mega-airports in an effort to lure tourism dollars and modernize their image. The latest to step into the fray: Mexico City, with a gigantic new airport proposal announced today that it's calling the "most sustainable" in the world. » 9/03/14 6:50pm 9/03/14 6:50pm