Why It's Taking Satellites So Long to Find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Today, we're hearing yet another report about a satellite that has spotted "potential objects," which might be floating wreckage from the vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Today, those images come from France. Yesterday, the images came from China. Last week it was an Australian bird making discoveries. » 3/23/14 3:25pm 3/23/14 3:25pm

The 500 MPH Superplane That Bugatti Had to Hide From the Nazis

This is the Bugatti Model 100P: A 900 HP, 500 MPH, race plane imagined by none other than legendary automotive designer Ettore Bugatti, so technologically advanced that it could have single-handedly dominated the skies of WWII for Germany, had the Nazis ever gotten their hands on it. But after more than seven decades… » 3/10/14 11:59am 3/10/14 11:59am

Airports Are Pretty Awesome When They're Not Stressing You Out

The default emotions in airports are pretty much all negative. You're either late, exhausted, frustrated, hungry, regretting Panda Express, remembering all the crucial things that were in the checked bag you'll never see again, or composing a complaint letter/Tweet in your head. But airports are also beautiful. » 12/08/13 4:20pm 12/08/13 4:20pm

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 10:14am 12/05/13 10:14am

Newly captured photo shows Russia's new badass shark stealth fighter

A new photo captured by Artyom Anikeev shows Russia's new Sukhoi T-50 stealth fighter—the F-22 Raptor's nemesis. According to The Aviationist, its new camouflage—inspired by a typical white tip Red Sea's shark—will make it look "as a rhomboidal shaped aircraft, smaller than the actual airplane" from a distance. » 12/02/13 9:13am 12/02/13 9:13am

What International Air Travel Was Like in the 1930s

Today we largely take international air travel for granted. Every major city in the world is little more than a hop, skip, and jump away. But what was it actually like to fly halfway around the world in the 1930s, when the very concept was still novel? Pretty incredible, as it turns out—provided you could afford it. » 11/27/13 5:03pm 11/27/13 5:03pm

A Brief History of Airspace Design

Think Los Angeles at rush hour is bad? Try doing it half-blindfolded with nothing but a radio and a few blinking lights to show you the way. That's how pilots navigate the invisible highways in the sky, and there's a beautiful design that makes it all work. It only took about a hundred years to come up with it. » 11/26/13 10:14am 11/26/13 10:14am

This Airbus A380 landing looked like it was about to crash

I hate crosswinds when landing as much as I love seeing videos of planes safely landing under crosswinds, feeling a knot in my stomach as I see the pilot struggling to keep control and imagine myself inside the plane. Like this giant Thai Airbus A380, which looked like it was about to crash in Narita Airport, Japan. » 11/20/13 12:47pm 11/20/13 12:47pm

Nuclear-Powered Vehicle Concepts from the Mid-20th Century

One of the promises of the Atomic Age was the notion that, one day, we would all be riding around in nuclear-powered cars, trains, and airplanes. Even if our roads were never filled with nuclear cars, many designers came up with prototypes and concept art for atomic transportation. » 8/17/13 4:43pm 8/17/13 4:43pm

Watch the Fiery Crash After Southwest's Landing Gear Collapse

This has not been a great month for commercial airlines—or anything that's supposed to stay in the sky without crashing down amidst flames, really. The most recent mark against flying contraptions occurred yesterday evening at LaGuardia, when the front landing gear of a Boeing 737 collapsed and sent the plane skidding… » 7/23/13 11:27am 7/23/13 11:27am

Watch the Crazy Aftermath of a Drone Crashing Next to a Florida Highway

So remember how traffic was pretty bad in Florida yesterday? You know, because of an unmanned drone unexpectedly spiraling down from the heavens and blowing up next to US 98 Highway by Tyndall Air Base? Well, there's video now—or at least of the aftermath. And they were not kidding about that smoke cloud. » 7/18/13 12:39pm 7/18/13 12:39pm

Before Jetpacks, We Were Promised Butterfly Wings

The jetpack would emerge in popular American science fiction of the 1920s, and later become cemented into the popular imagination after World War II. But the idea of single-flyer personal transportation tech didn't start with the jetpack. In the late 19th century, people were obsessed with flight. And they imagined a… » 7/17/13 8:35pm 7/17/13 8:35pm

Amazing Lego SR-71 Blackbird Is Motorized, Controlled by Joystick

The Blackbird SR-71 is a legendary Cold War spy plane, faithfully recreated here with Lego. Built by Lego Technic expert Pawel "Sariel" Kimiec, it features "motorized elevons, rotating and illuminated engines, motorized control mast and custom stickers." Clocking in at 73.6 cm long, this is one badass and beautiful build. » 6/26/13 6:29pm 6/26/13 6:29pm