40 Years Ago Today The Enterprise Headed Home After Evacuating Saigon

This shot was taken exactly 40 years ago, capturing the USS Enterprise sailing back to the states after a Pacific cruise that included the evacuation of Saigon. The green CH-53s sitting on the “Big E’s” bow were hitching a ride back to the states. Those little dots in front of them?Sunbathers enjoying the breeze, seas… » 5/20/15 7:25pm 5/20/15 7:25pm

One Man’s Imperfect Quest To Build Sportbikes In America

Anytime anyone rags on one of Erik Buell’s motorcycles, I have to fight an overwhelming urge to pick them up and shake them. “Don’t you understand his story?!” I shout in my head. Not enough people do, so let’s fix that once and for all. It’ll make you appreciate the quirky, flawed genius of his motorcycles. » 5/14/15 2:39pm 5/14/15 2:39pm

The Unlikely Story of How Porsche DNA Probably Ended Up On Your Car

Porsche and the rear window wiper are inexorably linked in the annals of automotive history. And for good reason. While rear wipers were around as an accessory as far back as the 1940s, they never became commonplace. In the mid-fifties, interest picked up a bit in Italy. In 1955, Ferrari installed a pair on a 250 GT… » 5/07/15 5:11pm 5/07/15 5:11pm

Canada Celebrates Battle Of Britain With This Stunning CF-18 Hornet 

The Canadian Air Force Hornet Demo Team will be flying this beautiful CF-18 at its shows this year, painted to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain. Over 100 Canadian pilots are estimated to have flown at the controls of Spitfires and Hurricanes in the battle, with 23 paying the ultimate sacrifice. » 4/07/15 8:00pm 4/07/15 8:00pm

The Time When AV-8 Harriers Deployed Aboard A Fixed-Wing Navy Carrier  

The USMC inducted the AV-8A Harrier into service in 1971 and military minds in the DoD were quickly trying to think of every way they could use the "Jump Jet's" new abilities. One of their experiments was to integrate the AV-8 into a conventional USN Carrier Air Wing. This happened during the USS Franklin D. » 3/17/15 8:13pm 3/17/15 8:13pm

XB-43 Jetmaster: The Weird History Of America's First Jet Bomber

To understand America's first jet bomber, the XB-43 Jetmaster, you have to understand the XB-42 Mixmaster, an aircraft that was equally as impressive and even more exotic. Even though neither of these amazing aircraft made it to the front lines, many of their unique innovations and lessons learned from operating them… » 3/04/15 5:08pm 3/04/15 5:08pm

Shooting Brakes: The Best, the Worst, and the Confused

I've been doing some thinking lately. Mostly along the lines of which numbers would win the lotto so I wouldn't have to work anymore. This, somewhat surprisingly, does not take up the majority of my week. So I had to find something else to think about. That thing was shooting breaks. There seems to be some confusion… » 2/24/15 2:21pm 2/24/15 2:21pm

How Bob Marley's Long Lost Land Rover Was Rescued From Certain Death

Reggae legend Bob Marley's 1977 Series III Land Rover pickup was almost as cool as the man himself. Yet it spent some thirty years waiting in vain for somebody to stir it up and satisfy its soul. See what I did there? You should also see this beautiful restoration video and how happy the truck made Marley's kids. » 2/09/15 2:16pm 2/09/15 2:16pm

This 1957 Off-Road Trip Up Pike's Peak Is Old-School American Awesome

Ah, the 50's. Men were men, videos all sounded like they were narrated through a carnival megaphone, and Chevy was starting to sell more trucks with four-wheel-drive. GM was so fired up to prove their off-road prowess that they took a couple pickups bushwhacking all the way up Pike's Peak.… » 2/05/15 8:15pm 2/05/15 8:15pm

The 10 Greatest Tank Battles In Military History

Ever since the first armored vehicles crawled across the tortured battlescapes of World War I, tanks have become an indelible fixture of land warfare. Many tank-on-tank engagements have occurred over the years, some more significant — and epic — than others. Here are 10 you need to know about. » 1/23/15 2:21pm 1/23/15 2:21pm

You Can See The Spirit Of St. Louis On The Smithsonian Floor Now

Usually suspended from the rafters of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall at the National Air and Space Museum, safely away from the grubby hands of curious spectators, the trusty steed that delivered Lindberg across the Atlantic on his record breaking solo flight has been lowered for some much needed attention. » 1/22/15 4:19pm 1/22/15 4:19pm

There Are About To Be Two Airworthy B-29s

For many years, only one flying example of the B-29 Superfortress has been worthy of soaring above the clouds. The B-29 is the same plane type that effectively ended World War II on the Pacific front by dropping atomic bombs on Japan. That single flyable plane, known as "Fifi" is about to be joined by her sibling,… » 1/10/15 2:02pm 1/10/15 2:02pm

Here's Why Flight Attendants Don't Like Being Called 'Stewardess'

Flight attendants have a job that holds a lot of prestige in the eyes of most travelers, and they get called a lot of different things while doing their jobs — waitress, m'am, hey you, miss, air hostess, and trolley dolly. But one moniker that has pretty much gone out the emergency exit door is "stewardess," and… » 1/07/15 12:21pm 1/07/15 12:21pm

Now Departing – Forever – AirTran Airways

Tonight at 10:25PM, the final AirTran Airways flight will depart from Atlanta and land in Tampa, capping the airline's 21-year run. The final flight commemorates the airline's very first flight, which took place under the ValuJet name, in 1993, and also marks the end of its integration into Southwest Airlines. » 12/28/14 1:01pm 12/28/14 1:01pm

Why Do We Watch James Bond Movies At Christmas?

The James Bond films have been a television favorite during the holiday season for as long as I have been alive. I can credit the inception of my fascination with the series directly to Spike TV's 007 Days Of Christmas, which I would stay up watching all night before I was even a teenager. Yet, I've never really… » 12/26/14 12:11am 12/26/14 12:11am

The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. » 12/24/14 9:21pm 12/24/14 9:21pm

Remember Italian Hall: Where 73 Died On Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, 1913, 73 people died in a stampede after a false cry of Fire! at a children's Christmas party in northern Michigan. There was no fire and the event marked the turning point in a bitter labor dispute in a large mining community. Two questions always arise: How could such a thing happen and why has… » 12/24/14 11:10am 12/24/14 11:10am