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 Wednesday 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

A Historic Biplane Airliner Will Be Reproduced In England

Early next year, a fundraising campaign will begin, in hopes of resurrecting a rare biplane airliner called the Handley Page HP42. Though only 8 copies of the massive plane were built, it is considered the Concorde of its day, carrying travelers at the epitome of luxury, while flying at 100MPH. » 11/05/14 2:59pm 11/05/14 2:59pm

One Of The Best Transportation Museums Ever Is Now On Google Streetview

The New York City Transit Museum is, hands down, one of the best transportation museums in the world. Okay, so there aren't any cars inside, but there is probably the most immaculate, most pristine, most beautiful subway car collection ever. And if you're not in New York, you can now tour it on Google Streetview. » 10/28/14 8:50pm 10/28/14 8:50pm

GM Has Basically Been Testing Cars The Same Way Since The 1920's

General Motors has been running their vehicles through physical tests at the Milford Proving Grounds for 90 years. The company's obviously made R&D improvements in that time, but today's Chevys are running through some of the same torture tracks their great-great-...-"grandfathers" were vetted on. » 10/26/14 1:32pm 10/26/14 1:32pm

Did You Know Airlines Once Flew C-130s?

Friday night, I came across this intriguing piece about vanished planes and how some are used for drug runs and then intentionally burned or hidden, never to be seen again. But within that, I learned that there was once a plane called the Lockheed L-100 — a civilian version of the C-130 Hercules. » 10/06/14 7:30pm 10/06/14 7:30pm