World's Biggest Planes Are Endangered As Orders Dry Up

This week, the world's largest passenger jets, the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 each made the kind of news that manufacturers don't like to make. Both Airbus and Boeing signaled their biggest jets might be nearing the end of their production lives, as orders for their large twin-engined planes cannibalize orders for the… » 12/12/14 12:13pm 12/12/14 12:13pm

Here's The Skinny On What's Next For Boeing

On the tail of it's two most recent aircraft launches, the Boeing 737 MAX and the 777X, Boeing is facing pressure to resurrect one of its classic and most popular aircraft, the 757. Production of the 757 ended almost exactly 10 years ago, but competitor Airbus has turned up the heat in the market segment. » 11/16/14 1:02pm 11/16/14 1:02pm

Deployable Recorders Can Help Locate Crashed Aircraft

After the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 this March, the biggest hinderance to the investigation has been the lack of data from the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder, presumedly submerged with the rest of the wreckage. But now Airbus will implement a solution for future… » 10/08/14 4:45pm 10/08/14 4:45pm

Sore Loser Puts SpaceX And Boeing Spaceship Development On Hold

In September, NASA announced it would be funding two private spacecraft designed to ferry astronauts to and from Earth orbit: Boeing's CST-100 and the SpaceX Dragon V2. A third competitor, Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser, wasn't picked, and as a result, Sierra Nevada is challenging the decision, placing all projects on… » 10/06/14 3:50pm 10/06/14 3:50pm

Boeing's Carbon Fiber Is Helping Protect Football Players

When industries form a symbiotic collaboration, that's always a good thing. Especially when it's environmentally friendly and helps protect athletes from debilitating injuries. Russell Athletic is developing new football shoulder pads, made from recycled carbon fiber used in Boeing's 787 Dreamliners. » 9/10/14 3:44pm 9/10/14 3:44pm

Boeing Is Developing Jet Fuel Made From Tobacco

Boeing has announced the development of a new alternative jet fuel, based on a hybrid tobacco plant. The aircraft manufacturer has partnered with South African Airways to develop the sustainable fuel, which should also enhance the South African economy without encouraging cigarette smoking. » 8/07/14 5:17pm 8/07/14 5:17pm

The Fighter Jet We Could Have Built Instead of the F-35

The mid-1990s found the U.S. military in need of a low-cost, supersonic stealth fighter jet that all three armed services branches could field. Easy, right? The subsequent—and highly contentious—design competition between Boeing and Lockheed saw the winner take home a $200 billion defense contract, which in turn… » 7/18/14 2:11pm 7/18/14 2:11pm

Boeing Issues $5.2 Trillion 20-Year Market Forecast

Between now and the year 2033, Boeing is anticipating a worldwide demand for nearly 37,000 new passenger planes, worth an estimated $5.2 trillion. Boeing also expects a 4.2 percent increase in global passenger traffic over this period. And you thought planes and airports were crowded now? » 7/10/14 11:15am 7/10/14 11:15am

An Up-Close Tour of the C-17 Globemaster, the Giant That Flies

With sinuous lines, flawless grey skin, and four powerful turbofan engines straight out of a contemporary sci-fi movie, the iconic C-17 Globemaster has a surprisingly spacious exterior, with a 170,858 pound maximum payload. Inside, it's a total mess of cables, wires, pipes, and hundreds of gadgets that the average… » 7/01/14 10:24am 7/01/14 10:24am