Crash Photos From The Beginning Of Motoring Are Stunningly Beautiful

Cars nowadays are built to not only be strong, but to also look brawny and tough. Cars from before the Great Depression, on the other hand, have a certain style and flair, characterized by a spindly, delicate, almost spidery look. And they didn't just look dainty, they were dainty. Which was apparent when they crashed. » 9/13/14 12:23pm 9/13/14 12:23pm

Google May Buy Historic Spruce Goose Hangar For Office Space

Near Los Angeles International Airport sits a historic 300,000 square foot building that once housed the world's largest airplane — the Hughes H-4 "Hercules," also known as the "Spruce Goose." Now over 70 years later, Google is reportedly eyeing the vacant space in order to house offices. » 8/28/14 3:10pm 8/28/14 3:10pm

A Brief History Of How The Aftermarket Invented GM's 4WD Trucks

Just after World War II, Willys Jeeps and Dodge Power Wagons were first to sell 4WD trucks to consumers. GM, Ford, and even Studebaker saw the demand for trucks with a transfer case, but before they could offer their own 4WD systems cost-effectively they outsourced it to the aftermarket. » 8/21/14 9:35am 8/21/14 9:35am

Meet The Ilyushin IL-102, The Most Gorgeously Ugly Combat Jet Ever

When we talk about combat aircraft that are so ugly they are brutishly beautiful, aircraft like the A-10, B-52 and the Mi-24 come to mind. Yet an obscure Russian close air support aircraft that lost a competition to the now notorious Sukhoi Su-25 may take the trophy for the must gorgeously ugly combat jet of all time. » 7/11/14 1:50pm 7/11/14 1:50pm

The Same Man Invented Autopilot And The Mile High Club 100 Years Ago

On this date (June 18th) in 1914, autopilot was demonstrated for the first time on an aircraft, becoming one of the most important innovations to the cockpit in history. Its inventor, is also known for founding a "club" that many have aspired to join over the past century, as well. » 6/18/14 9:08pm 6/18/14 9:08pm

Before Going To Space, Astronauts Had to Survive the Desert

No one knew if the first attempts at getting humans into space would crash catastrophically. Before any astronaut could leave the planet, NASA tested their capacity to survive a crash landing in a hostile environment by abandoning them in the desert with only a re-entry pod and parachute for company. » 5/18/14 11:22am 5/18/14 11:22am

Airbus Marks 40 Years Of Service For Its Game-Changing A300

This week, Airbus is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of its A300's entry into service. The A300B was the first commercial airliner produced by Airbus — a joint venture between France and Germany. It first flew on September 28, 1972, and Air France took delivery of the first production plane on May 10, 1974,… » 5/13/14 8:48pm 5/13/14 8:48pm

Grand Canyon Plane Crash Site Is Now A National Landmark

The National Park Service has designated the site of a devastating 1956 plane crash as a National Historic Landmark. On June 30th of that year, a Trans World Airlines (TWA) Lockheed Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided at 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon. It was the deadliest civilian air crash to… » 4/27/14 10:29pm 4/27/14 10:29pm