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Northrop's Flying Ram Would Have Sliced Enemy Planes in Midair

War drives technological innovation like little else. No proposal is too ambitious, impractical, or downright foolhardy for consideration if it provides a strategic advantage. This school of thinking has led to atomic bombs, autonomous vehicles, and, in 1945, a short-lived fighter prototype that could cut through enemy aircraft in midair. Read More >>

This Folded Aircraft Looks Like a Spaceship

From this perspective and in their fully folded stow position, the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey looks like a some weird spaceship concept. It's amazing how these things fold. It's fully automatic too. Here's a video showing the process: Read More >>

Chinese Ship Detects Signal in Search for Flight 370

The Associated Press reports that a Chinese ship involved in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has detected a "pulse" today in the southern part of the Indian Ocean. While Chinese news agencies say the signal is the same type emitted by flight data recorders, the Australian government agency coordinating the search has not yet confirmed the report. Read More >>

How Will Search & Rescue Work if a Plane Goes Down in the Arctic?

It has been nearly a month since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar, and its ultimate whereabouts remain unclear. The complex international effort of searching for the plane in a remote stretch of the South Indian Ocean raises the question of what would happen if a plane were to go down in the Arctic: who would coordinate the necessary search and rescue teams, and where should they be based? Geographer Mia Bennett tried to answer this question on her blog, Cryopolitics. Read More >>

South Korea Thinks it Found Two Crashed Drones From North Korea

On Wednesday, South Korean officials unveiled photos of two rudimentary drones that crashed over the border, on South Korean land, around the same time the country exchanged live fire with North Korea. And, indeed, they think it was the North Koreans who sent the drones—if you want to call them drones, that is. Read More >>

Jackass Who Lasered Children's Hospital Chopper Gets 14-Year Sentence

Astounding moron Sergio Rodriguez got slapped with a 14-year prison sentence earlier this month, convicted of aiming a handheld laser pointer at an emergency medical helicopter delivering a young patient to the Children's Hospital of Central California. Remember folks, trying to blind pilots in the air is a very, very bad idea. Read More >>

Why it's Taking Satellites So Long to Find Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

Today, we're hearing yet another report about a satellite that has spotted "potential objects," which might be floating wreckage from the vanished flight Malaysia Flight 370. Today, those images come from France. Yesterday, the images came from China. Last week it was an Australian bird making discoveries. Read More >>

Chinese Satellite Spots Floating Object in Flight 370 Search

Chinese authorities said today that a satellite spotted a large object in the area of the Indian Ocean where the search continues for Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370. Malaysia's defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein says China will send ships to investigate the object. Read More >>

Why Did Lockheed Blow Up its Own Prototype UAV Bomber?

Even with recent advances in rapid prototyping techniques and computer aided design, developing new aircraft is an expensive venture—especially when the US Department of Defence isn't footing the bill. So what on Earth could have coerced Lockheed to destroy the only prototype of its blended wing UAV bomber in mid-flight? Read More >>

12 of the Most Bizarre Flight MH370 Conspiracy Theories

It's a terrifying thought that even in a world rattled by 9/11, planes can still vanish without a trace, like Malaysia Airlines' flight MH370 did nearly a fortnight ago now. As is its wont, the internet has been in overdrive speculating as to what may, or may not, have happened. Even Courtney Love is claiming that she may have found the missing plane. Read More >>

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This Absurd Flying Whale Ushered in a New Age of Stealth Technology

Not every program DARPA undertakes can be another Big Dog—the agency has had its fair share of fizzled experiments over the years—but even those failures can yield exciting new insights. Just look at the Northrop Tacit Blue, a plane so unwieldy it incorporated more redundancy than the Space Shuttle but also demonstrated the potency of curved stealth design. Read More >>

This GIF Shows How Tricky it is Finding the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

The Pacific Ocean is very, very big. Airplanes are big, too—but, compared to the Pacific Ocean, they are almost comically small. So, as rescuers finish up a week of searching unsuccessfully for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, it's worth taking a second to marvel at what an impossible a task it is to find one little plane in that very big ocean. Read More >>

How the Granddaddy of US Recon Planes is Helping Search for Flight 370

The mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 off the coast of Vietnam has prompted a massive multinational maritime search for hints of the plane's fate. Among the growing armada of surface and aerial search vessels is the US Navy's venerable P-3C Orion, a long-range surveillance platform still just as effective today as it was in the early Cold War. Read More >>

A Boeing Plane Carrying 239 People Has Been Missing Since Friday Night (Update)

Extremely worrying news from Asia this weekend, with a Malaysia Airlines Boeing B777-200 plane from Kuala Lumpur vanishing with 239 people on board on Friday, and almost 48 hours later, there's still no trace. Read More >>

Soviet-Era Ukranian Bomber Briefly Appears on eBay for £1.8 Million

Have you ever wanted to own a plane from a long-gone oppressive regime? Who am I kidding, of course you have. Someone over in the Ukraine tried to capitalise on this ever-expanding market, which is why they put a 27-year-old Tupolev TU-95 bomber up for sale on eBay. Read More >>

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner is Having Wing Cracking Problems

The Wall Street Journal reports today that Boeing's long-suffering 787 Dreamliner has hit yet another snag: At least 42 newly-produced jets may have hairline fractures along the wings. Luckily, the planes haven't been delivered to buyers yet, but it's still bad news for Boeing. Read More >>


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