The dawn of the jet age saw the skies near major airports raked with thick black smoke trails. These exhaust plumes have largely disappeared from our atmosphere due to continuous jet engine innovations. Here is the story of the jet engine’s amazing change in visual and ecological signature since its introduction into…
In 2008 the USMC took dealing with the improvised explosive devices threat into their own hands and what they ended up with was a cost effective and highly adaptable jamming and communications intelligence pod that should be a model of how to satisfy future urgent "niche capability" needs.
A while back a reader named Evan sent me a box full of mid-century Popular Mechanics magazines, and it's been a treasure trove of great stuff. Like this article I stumbled on to the other day about a British jeep that folds up into something that looks like a credenza.
Before the Jump Jet was retired and its flight manual posted online, Top Gear presenter James May rode in one and experienced the awesome aerodynamic freak show known as viffing: vectoring in forward flight, the Harrier's signature move.
The Harrier made its final flight with the British RAF last week, marking an end to the jet famous for being able to take off and land vertically. The jet's recently declassified flight manual shows just how extraordinary it was.
The Pit and the Pendulum? Please. This man's got a much more serious concern: a Harrier jet, inches from his nose, suspended from the ceiling by just two cables. That's quite a predicament.
Caught by a remote controlled eagle's tail fin-mounted HD camera is this epic battle depicting man, his machine and mother nature in a controlled and calculated power struggle for the unfriendly skies.
Toyota and Italy's Zagato design house are back together for another round of dress-up. Devotees of mid-engined Toyotas (guilty) may recall the 2001 Toyota Zagato VM 180, a limited-edition model of the MR2 Spyder (MRS) available in Japan (see photo below). Now the Toyos are offering a Zagato-fied special edition of…
It may have a reputation of being unbeatable — having aced the 24 heure du mons this year — but a Harrier jump-jet made quick work of the diesel-powered Audi R10, yesterday. On an RAF base in blighty, Scotsman Allan McNish, piloting the R10, demonstrated the R10 greater thrust off the line, beating the jet to 150…