On an Air Mediterranee (where the trainees are manatees that will make you squee) flight from Algiers to Paris, a shirtless man caused a three-hour delayed landing and a fight when he crammed his junk between two airline seats and urinated. Don’t you hate when that happens?
Video has now emerged showing the terrifying situation on the interior of the Daallo Airlines flight that suffered an explosive decompression mid-air yesterday, with one person sucked from the aircraft and later found dead, and two others injured.
A Daallo Airlines flight traveling from Somalia to Djibouti in East Africa landed after an explosion tore a gaping hole in the Airbus A321 jet. Two were reportedly injured, though local eyewitness reports say that a “severely burnt body” was spotted falling from the sky.
At the turn of the 20th century planes were still in their infancy, but people still wanted to get off the ground and go somewhere while doing it. That’s when everybody got into blimps, and their rigid cousins, airships. And goddamn were they pretty.
The Cold War had plenty of disadvantages for the world as a whole, true, but there was never a better time to be a mad scientist with crazy doomsday devices. No longer limited to freelance work delivering threats to the UN, the Cold War meant governments would actually hire you to make things. Things like Project…
The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the HondaJet with the “Type Certification” the company’s been chasing since they fired up an aircraft division in 2006. The plane is finally legal for American skies and sales to the public.
There’s an artist named Dave DeVries who started painting startlingly well-realized versions of kids’ drawings of monsters. My son Otto just turned 5, and the volume of his artwork has increased. To my delight, there’s been some cars and planes in the mix, so, inspired by DeVries, I thought I may as well try…
If you think about it, the way we load and unload planes with passengers (or, in airline terminology, ambulatory waste-producing cargo) is wildly inefficient. Slow, shuffling, cranky lines of people slowly filing into seats while the plane is stuck there—isn’t there a better way? Airbus thinks so, and has the patent…
Thanks to some expert flying, this pilot was able to land his commercial flight in the midst of massive crosswinds. Just not on the first try.
Is there anything not to like about this? You get on a regular passenger plane, and can take your car — well, it seems, as long as it’s a tiny car like an MGA — with you, ready to hoon when you land. If this was still an option, I’d buy an old Honda S500 just to do this. Well, I bet I’d have to be rich, too.
When a Jalopnik staffer goes off into the long night, they don’t get a golden parachute. Please, this is journalism. We don’t have the kind of money for that. So instead, we throw them out of a plane with a Miata as a parachute. But if you’re not a lowly blogger, and instead you’re a CEO, how do you know if your…
Has Lorde’s Royals ever been more appropriate? No, no it has not.
Welcome to This Date in Aviation History, getting you caught up on milestones and important historical events in aviation from October 21 through October 23.
Think turbulence is bad on a 767? Imagine soaring through the skies with nothing but a prop engine between your legs or a couple of jets strapped to your back. These are the 10 smallest manned aircraft that have ever seen flight—whether they were good ideas or not.
Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are all the rage these days. You can make one the size of a bug, and it’ll still fly around. That’s impressive, I suppose, but it’s not nearly as impressive as getting a real tiny plane to fly with a person still inside.
Designers had to get creative in the early days of weaponizing motorized transportation. In one case during the First World War, that meant building a 37mm cannon into the middle of a V8 aero engine.
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.