Pilot Sebb Stratta put together this video showing every time his friends joined him in one of his insane acrobatic flights. Their scared faces and uncontrolled reactions are hilarious. Check them out:
Last night's insane crash in Taipei got me wondering what it'd be like to experience such an event. So I talked to legendary adventurer Robert Young Pelton, who survived a very similar experience. Here's his story and advice on living through it.
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!
I used to flip the end of the wings of paper airplanes upward and breathe on the head of the airplane to make it fly farther. According to John Collins—the maker of the paper airplane with the world record for the longest distance—I was doing it wrong. This video shows how to do it properly.
Airline and aerobatic pilot Glen Dell and FMX rider Nick de Wit needed two years of planning before attempting this amazing stunt: Nick backflipped his dirtbike over Glen's plane flying under it. Everything worked out perfectly and the resulting images are truly spectacular.
You needn't sacrifice basic preparedness — for the outdoors, for fixing stuff or for first aid — just because you're flying somewhere carry-on only. These are the tools you can take on planes, how to pack them and how to use them.
In mid-July the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded contracts to Boeing, Masten Space Systems, and Northrop Grumman to develop an unmanned spaceplane to travel hypersonic speeds in the upper atmosphere—as easily as a commercial airliner.
Watch Cesar Falistocco of the Escuadrilla Argentina aerial acrobatic team prove he is an ace with this display of control—he swoops in low and picks up a pair of flags lying flat on the ground with just a wing tip. Incredible flying.
According to the German newspaper Bild, this plane nearly landed short on a beachside runway in Heligoland—an island in northern Germany—passing just a few inches over a guy who was sunbathing. The video is pretty damn impressive. Lucky guy.
Defense technology blog Ares reports on a mysterious flying object—most certainly a military classified aircraft—flying over the skies of Amarillo, Texas, on March 10. Aviation Week's defense expert Bill Sweetman says this is unprecedented but he's convinced it's real.
"Some heavy big trucks being dropped from a military plane in the middle of the night," says the YouTube description, "huge machines, being launched at incredible speed!" Indeed. I love the faces of those soldiers waiting to jump after the trucks:
Though most of us know that lightning bolts striking planes aren't too much to worry about these days, seeing the actual bolt go through the plane is always a frightening sight. There are hundreds of people in that flying tube! And they're getting zapped by lightning! Of course, there probably unaware of it and it's…
Over in Europe, a new research scheme is looking into the possibility of creating cockpits that require just a single pilot to fly airplanes—but would you take such a flight?
This 9.8-foot (3 meters) python flew from Cairns, Australia, to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, attached to the wing of a Qantas' passenger airplane. Sadly, the poor snake didn't survive the trip, which lasted about 90 minutes. Warning: the video is hard to watch. Viewer discretion is advised.
NASA and its partners keep making progress in their quest to design a new passenger airliner that can fly supersonic without making a lot of noise, one of the main problems with the Concorde. And that progress looks space-age awesome.
The people from the Pima Air & Space Museum thought it would be a great idea to make a 45-foot long paper airplane, lift it with an helicopter, and then drop it to let it glide across the Arizona desert.
The C-130's been around for a long, long time. Korean War old. Propeller old. It's a hell of a tough old plane, delivering cargo and people reliably around the world, but it's time to replace it. How 'bout this monster?
Boarding a plane is a completely miserable, time-consuming experience. How often are you left waiting for that oversized man jam his oversized luggage into the undersized overhead compartment? Ridiculous! That's why every airline needs to try this new boarding method. It cuts the time in half.