The Military Used To Drop Troops Behind Enemy Lines With Gliders

These one-time use, engineless aircraft would be towed in pairs near to the front lines of battle carrying troops or supplies to bolster advancing forces. Released high above the opposing forces, pilot's would practically crash land into enemy territory abandoning the lame craft as they joined the action. » 11/26/14 7:28pm Yesterday 7:28pm

Flying History: Ford Trimotor NC8407

This meticulously restored Ford Trimotor (NC8407) first flew on August 1, 1929. On June 16, 1973, after many years of service in varying roles and with many owners, it was almost completely destroyed during a severe thunderstorm at an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) air show in Burlington, WI. Despite its… » 11/11/14 10:22pm 11/11/14 10:22pm

Norway Intercepted Russia's Meanest Combat Jet For The First Time

From FoxtrotAlpha: A pair of Norwegian F-16s intercepted a Russian flight of mighty Su-34 'Fullback' fighter bombers off the coast of Finmark this week. It is said that this was the first time that Norway, which shares a border with Russia and is active in surveying their military drills, has intercepted the greatly… » 11/11/14 8:18pm 11/11/14 8:18pm

The A-7 Corsair II Finally Takes Its Last Flight After 49 Years

Last week, defense journalist Giovonni Colla spent some time in Greece at Araxos Air Base to capture what would be a bittersweet moment in the history of combat aviation – the retirement of the humble, but incredibly effective, Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II. Though it's better known as the SLUF. » 10/27/14 5:26pm 10/27/14 5:26pm

These Guys Landed A Cessna At One Of The Biggest Airports In The World

Chicago-O'Hare airport is one of the busiest in the entire world. A Cessna 172 is one of the smallest planes in the entire world. O'Hare is a place for enormous jumbo jets. A Cessna is a plane for smaller civil airports. These guys just landed a Cessna at O'Hare, and the resulting video is awesome. » 10/21/14 5:43pm 10/21/14 5:43pm

Engineering Professor: Rocket Boots Are Possible Thanks To The Segway

Rocket boots are one of those things that comes up again and again in science fiction because the fundamental idea is so basic and desirable. More stylish than a jetpack, too. Iron Man loves them, as does the Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I just never thought they could work, until I talked to Dr. Larry… » 10/07/14 7:00pm 10/07/14 7:00pm