The Bristol Brabazon Was The Prettiest Piece Of Useless Scrap Ever

You have to admire a man like John Brabazon, not just for having an incredible license plate, but also for being the first person to fly a plane in Britain. And not only did he do that, but he also had a splendid plane named after him. A splendid, worthless, beautiful, useless, wonderful, horrible elephant of a plane. » 8/23/14 1:06pm 8/23/14 1:06pm

JetBlue's New 'Mint Class' Is Now The Nicest Way To Fly Cross-Country

First Class on domestic flights can be a bit of a joke, offering luxury commensurate with what regular passengers used to get. This Sunday, jetBlue will change the cross country long-haul game with the launch of their new Airbus A321. It's cheaper than most first class trips and, as I found out, nicer in many ways. » 6/13/14 10:15am 6/13/14 10:15am

Meet Amelia Rose Earhart, The Woman Who Plans To Fly Around The World

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Later this month, Amelia Rose Earhart will circumnavigate the globe to raise awareness for the Fly With Amelia foundation, which provides flight school scholarships to high school-aged girls. She talked to us about the challenges of flying around the world and what it's like to be a female pilot with a famous name. » 6/09/14 1:27pm 6/09/14 1:27pm

Revolutionary Plane-Seat Armrest Design Will Stop Elbow Fights

It's possible the most contested real estate in the entire world is broken up into two-inch wide strips, upholstered, and then placed between seats on airplanes. The armrest. The precious, precious armrest. But who gets to use it? You, or that bastard to your side? This extremely clever design solves this problem. » 6/04/14 12:07pm 6/04/14 12:07pm

Disallowed Airplane Violin Leads To Funny Passive-Agressive Protest

Time For Three, a classically-trained string trio, was desperately trying to make it to a festival gig in Fayetteville, Arkansas, but one thing stood in their way: the pilot of their US Airways flight. What followed was perhaps the most beautiful form of complaint to an airline I have ever heard. » 5/27/14 4:09pm 5/27/14 4:09pm

To The Pilot Doing Aerobatics Over My House: Bring Me With You

On weekends when I'm not racing karts or flying drones or generally messing about with cars, I like to sit next to a lake and read a book. It's one of the few things I like to do that doesn't involve some sort of motor vehicle, until now. A few weekends ago my ears perked up and my eyes lifted from the book spurred by… » 5/25/14 2:51pm 5/25/14 2:51pm

NASA Moved The Shuttle's 747 Through The Streets Of Houston Last Night

How do you go about moving the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft — one of the world's largest planes — through city streets? It takes a thousand-foot convoy of self-propelled trailers, and a legion of police and utility crews to move light poles, power lines and traffic signals along the 8-mile route over the course of two… » 4/30/14 3:06pm 4/30/14 3:06pm

Flying on the Dreamliner

Sometimes good things happen. I travel pretty often and for some odd reason I couldn't get the flight between Colorado and Baltimore that I normally take. The only flights available were from Colorado to Houston and then to Baltimore. It seemed like a drag, until I noticed the equipment: 787-8 Dreamliner. United only… » 4/19/14 6:09pm 4/19/14 6:09pm

America's Capitol Is Guarded By Norwegian Surface-To-Air Missiles

Every few years the Kremlin pounds their chest about their latest and greatest in surface to air missile (SAM) system, and how it's ready to protect Moscow. Yet even after the terrible events of 9/11 we really don't hear much about America's domestic surface to air missile-based air defense capabilities. That's… » 4/03/14 10:00am 4/03/14 10:00am

This Gorgeous Visualization Is What 24 Hours Of Air Traffic Looks Like

From Flight Club, Have you ever found yourself sitting on your flight, pondering your very existence in the grand scheme of things? Not necessarily on a spiritual level, but in terms of how small we really are. This stunning video by NATS.aero represents each plane flight as a tiny, speck, like a migration of glowing… » 3/10/14 4:17pm 3/10/14 4:17pm