I would imagine running an airline is very easy — buy some planes, fly them to popular places with better service and/or lower cost than your competitors, and make millions. This does not appear to be the case! »
In response to a 1956 US Air Force competition for a jet-powered utility transport, Lockheed developed the JetStar, a four-engine aircraft that held up to 10 passengers. While a large Air Force contract never materialized (the JetStar would go on to be the first successful business jet), Lockheed did manufacture… »
The tiny Caribbean island of St. Barts welcomed a slew of vintage warbirds to the Bucket Regatta. The private collection of bombers and fighters from WWII simulated a low level strafing run and the results were quite impressive. I’ll let the video speak for itself. »
Chicago, Illinois is one of America’s largest cities, and features one of the most spectacular skylines in the world. Seeing the sprawling megalopolis (encompassing 234 square miles!) from the air on a clear night illuminates the city’s sheer vastness. Make sure you watch this gorgeous timelapse video of an airplane… »
Your regular commercial airliner, like a Boeing 747 is fast. A super-spy jet like the SR-71 Blackbird is much faster than that, traveling at over three times the speed of sound. So how does a deep-space probe like New Horizons, which recently flew past Pluto, compare? Thanks to this animation, you can see it’s very,… »
Everyone loves to gripe about the exorbitant fees airlines charge for simple things like checking bags, but after watching this video chronicling the extraordinary journey of one suitcase you might be more understanding of where that money goes. »
You’ve probably already read somewhere that no, nothing will happen to your plane if it gets struck by lightning. Planes get hit all the time, and nothing happens. Supposedly. But it never hurts to have video evidence of that fact. Here’s a look at the wrath of the heavens unleashing itself on a Delta flight. »
A few days ago, I came across this photo of a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser and a Lockheed Constellation. I think it was taken in LA. It’s a great historical photo and, being the av geek that I am, I googled the Boeing’s registration and discovered that it had been involved in a fatal accident back in 1952. And that led me… »
You’re daily double for this round is a truly beautiful soon-to-be flying replica of a race plane built by the legendary Ettore Bugatti. Not one, but two 1300 cc motorcycle engines power this sleek aviation wonder. The original aircraft never left the ground, but will its modern day look-a-like have more success?
This is today’s Aviation History Speed Round, getting you caught up on milestones and important historical events in aviation from July 11 through July 14. »
The aircraft known in popular culture as the stealth bomber was built with nearly a decade of work, billions of dollars, and total secrecy from the U.S. government. Even the contractors who worked on it didn't always know what it was. So how did a Japanese carmaker reveal it before the Air Force? »
BREAKING NEWS: The Transportation Security Administration isn’t good for anything except laughing at your flabby naked body and molesting disabled children. If you want to know what a wasteful joke of security theater the administration really is, look no further than a new report that shows how often they failed to… »
This is today’s Aviation History Speed Round, getting you caught up on milestones and important historical events in aviation from May 23 through May 26. »
For those in the market for a large passenger aircraft, there’s only two options, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy decision. The comparative review below will hopefully help potential customers making the right decision. »
Robin in the rain, what a saucy fellow.
Robin in the rain, mind your socks of yellow.
Running in the garden on your nimble feet,
Digging for your dinner with your long strong beak.
Robin in the rain, you don’t mind the weather.
Showers always make you gay.
But the worms are wishing you would stay at home.
Robin on a rainy… »
These wild prototypes were killed before they got the chance to really spread their wings, as it were. »
We’ve been flying for over a century now, and, while our arms are so very, deeply fatigued, we’re kind of in an aircraft-design rut. Sure, there’s very very good reasons for this involving “science” and “math” and “reality” other killjoy concepts, but there were so many other novel ideas out there. What’s your… »
The McDonnell Douglas MD-12 was a four-engine, double deck, superjumbo airliner concept conceived in the early 1990s. Powered by 4 GE CF6-80C2 high-bypass turbofans, the MD-12 was designed to have a maximum capacity of 511 passengers in 3-class configuration, and a maximum range of 9,200 miles. »