Man, look how crazy close Blue Angels fighter jets fly together

Absurd. Like seriously. Look at this fleet of Blue Angels fighter jet planes fly in a perfect pattern in a practice session. The flight pattern they were practicing, I'm assuming here, is called "Let's get these flying metal beasts as close as possible so that one inch of a mistake will kill us all". I mean the wing of… » 4/21/14 11:33pm Monday 11:33pm

This Game Might Actually Get You To Learn In-Flight Safety Procedures

Unless you're a first-time passenger who's a little anxious about flying, you probably pay more attention to your phone than a flight attendant's safety spiel. But since it really is important to pay attention, researchers from the University of Udine's HCI Lab are developing smartphone and tablet apps that gamify » 4/11/14 12:20pm 4/11/14 12:20pm

The Crazy Things Delta Does to Cancel Fewer Flights Than Any Airline

Last year, Delta Air Lines canceled fewer flights than any other airline, scratching just 0.3 percent of its flights. That's more than five times better than the industry average. It's an obsession for Delta, an airline that once ranked near rock-bottom for cancellations, and as The Wall Street Journal explains, the… » 4/03/14 12:40pm 4/03/14 12:40pm

Wow, this might be the best video of a wingsuit flight ever

Videos of wingsuit flights are never not awesome but this one just might be the best. And it's not because of the snow. Though the beautifully fresh powder helps. And it's not because Dan Vicary, the flying man in the video, zips around for three miles. Though the astonishing views certainly don't hurt. But it's… » 3/05/14 9:36pm 3/05/14 9:36pm

The World's Longest Aircraft Finally Gets Off the Ground

The HAV304 took the crown of “world's longest aircraft” with its inaugural flight today. The gargantuan spans a football field and towers just over two stories in height, owing its construction to pure metal. It sacrifices little in being the world's longest, as it still reaches 100 mph, which is triple that of the… » 2/28/14 7:00pm 2/28/14 7:00pm

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

Adorable kid freaks out when he sees Superman fly for the first time

Here's something that'll make you feel good on a day you wish was still the weekend: a 16-month old kid watches Superman take his first flight in Man of Steel and adorably (and appropriately) cheers him on. It's just pure happiness. You can see the wonder in his eyes, the excitement in his clap and the mirroring joy… » 2/10/14 7:28pm 2/10/14 7:28pm

Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down at the airport. They pat you down. They take away your Christmas presents. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of national… » 1/31/14 3:40pm 1/31/14 3:40pm

Flying inside the cockpit of a fighter jet is the best roller coaster

Strap yourself in your chair. Put down the coffee mug. And make sure you have an empty stomach because you're about to take a ride in a flying roller coaster. Or well, the closest thing there is to a flying roller coaster. The video below gives you the backseat cockpit view of an ultra low flying RAF's Typhoon… » 1/20/14 9:09pm 1/20/14 9:09pm

Quadcopter vs. Swarm of Angry Bees: Place Your Bets

Drones face all kinds of airborne adversaries from gun-toting quadcopter hunters to hackers to other flying contraptions. And it looks like nature is contributing its own flying obstacle as well, in the form of a swarm of angry bees. So who wins in the war of propellers vs. stings? Well, duh. » 12/10/13 9:44am 12/10/13 9:44am

What it's like to fly a fighter jet—strapped to its wing

No music. No flashy moves. No missile launches. And yet this video is still incredible. It's just flying sequence after flying sequence of Russian Air Force MiG-31s cruising through the sky. Filmed by GoPro cameras strapped to a MiG, this footage is probably the closest we'll ever get to flying a fighter jet. Seeing… » 12/05/13 12:31am 12/05/13 12:31am

The First In-Flight Movies Had a Live Orchestra

As crude as they may seem when compared to the home theater setups we enjoy in our living rooms, the in-flight entertainment options available on most flights have come a long way. Although, it's hard not to feel a tinge of sadness that movies accompanied by live orchestras never caught on. Now that was flying in… » 11/29/13 12:30pm 11/29/13 12:30pm

How an Engineer Earned 1.25 Million Air Miles By Buying Pudding

Most travelers take a passive approach to collecting Air Miles. The points accumulate in their account and, at some point, they might consider cashing them in for a free flight or upgrade—but there's a better way to do it. With a more aggressive approach to amassing Air Miles, there's a chance you may never have to pay … » 11/28/13 1:29pm 11/28/13 1:29pm