Incredible video of an air tanker refueling a tanker against a full moon

Without a doubt, this is one of the coolest airplane videos I have ever seen. Thanks to the magic of telephoto lenses, the moon in this infrared clip looks impossibly gigantic. The fact that a KC-10 tanker is refueling another KC-10 tanker make the entire thing feel unreal—as in “I had a hard time believing this… » 5/25/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

What happens when a flock of birds hits an airplane head on

You should have seen the other guy, said the plane. The plane, a Boeing 738 operated by Turkish Airlines, was landing at Nevşehir-Capadoccia airport when it got its nose punched in by a flock of birds. The birds, judging from the marks and cracks and color of said punched in plane nose, presumably suffered a worse… » 5/05/15 7:15pm 5/05/15 7:15pm

Watch the top 10 coolest airplane dogfight scenes in movie history

I’m not sure that CineFix included all the most visually awesome aerial dogfight scenes in their top 10 video for best dogfights of all time, but I do know that it’s always fun as hell to see two flying killer bird machines try to take down each other in an incredible array of skill, weaponry, quick reflexes and oh… » 4/27/15 6:35pm 4/27/15 6:35pm

Here's Why a Single Airplane Seat Can Cost Airlines $300,000

Massagers! Sliding doors! Airbags! THE AMENITIES ALONE! The space race between airlines to design fancier first class and business class seats is well-known. But all that luxury comes at a price to the airlines—a price that is, oh, more than the average cost of a home in the United States. » 4/03/15 3:34pm 4/03/15 3:34pm

Cool video shows fighter jet takeoff from a completely new perspective

Here's awesome footage from underneath a MiG-29 showing the fighter jet taking off from an aircraft carrier. The view is insane, you see the jets fire up and watch the world turn blurry as the MiG launches itself into the air. There's a surprising, almost sort of peaceful awesomeness when it starts flying and leaves… » 3/10/15 2:37pm 3/10/15 2:37pm

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. » 3/06/15 8:50am 3/06/15 8:50am

A fascinating view into the US Air Force boneyards

You can zoom in this 48-megapixel image of the USAF boneyard in Tucson, Arizona—stitched from Bing Maps satellite images—and try to identify all those airplanes. Or you can watch this USAF documentary on how the US stockpiles thousands of planes in deserts around the country to keep the active fleet flying.* » 2/26/15 1:51pm 2/26/15 1:51pm

These videos of airplanes launching from aircraft carriers are badass

Once again, the French Navy shows they make the best airplane videos there are. This one shows the flight deck operations onboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles DeGaulle. Although I would have preferred no soundtrack, it helps that, instead of using dubstep, they slapped in AC/DC's Thunderstruck. » 1/08/15 11:51am 1/08/15 11:51am

How Long Will I Be Stuck in This Airport? A Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

If you're one of the tens of thousands of people who are trapped in one of the United States' many fine airports on this Thanksgiving Eve, you may find yourself wondering when the hell you're going to get out of here and on to your destination. Here's a quick forecast for your (eventual) departure. » 11/26/14 3:06pm 11/26/14 3:06pm

Bell's Newest Tiltrotor Could Finally Improve on the Osprey's Feathers

The V-22 Osprey's mechanical and aeronautical shortcomings have been well-documented. That's why, for its third-generation tiltrotor, Bell has taken a good hard look at the ill-fated aircraft (one it helped design) and built the plane-copter hybrid it should have back in 1983. » 10/20/14 12:16pm 10/20/14 12:16pm

Why the Human Body Can't Handle Heavy Acceleration

Our bodies are surprisingly resilient in many situations, but rapid acceleration is not one of them. While the human body can withstand any constant speed—be it 20 miles per hour or 20 billion miles per hour—we can only change that rate of travel relatively slowly. Speed up or slow down too quickly and it's lights… » 10/01/14 3:53pm 10/01/14 3:53pm