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8 Hours of Airplanes Departing From Los Angeles in One Photo

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a period of eight hours last Sunday. Read More >>

energy
The World's Largest Solar Plant is Blinding Pilots

We probably should have seen this coming. At the Ivanpah solar power plant near Las Vegas, a massive glittering field of 170,000 garage door-sized mirrors reflects sunlight. And all those mirrors are making flying near Ivanpah not so fun—or safe. Read More >>

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China is Deploying Smog-Busting Drones So That its Airports Can Stay Open

With smog in Beijing so bad it's forced pilots to land blind and officials to shut the airport, China has unveiled a new plan to test drones that spray smog-clearing chemicals around fly-zones . How will it work? Read More >>

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The Only Thing Keeping the F-35 Lightning Relevant is the F-22 Raptor

Even if they are primarily just cheap knockoffs, China's rapidly growing fleet of next-gen aircraft are poised to challenge American air superiority in the coming years. To prevent that, argues Chief of U.S. Air Force Air Command, Command Gen. Michael Hostage, we'll need plenty of fifth-generation fighters—no matter the cost. Read More >>

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Tourism via Jet Fighter is a Great Business Idea

Anyone got a jet fighter going spare? Check out this stunning scenery in Norway during a flyover by the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Surely anyone would pay good money to experience this for themselves. Read More >>

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Passenger Snaps Photo of Fuel Pouring Out of a Dreamliner's Wing

If Boeing was looking to 2014 as a fresh start for their constantly malfunctioning Dreamliner, that particular dream is almost certainly crushed by now. In addition to one of the plane's batteries malfunctioning (again) just a few days ago, a Norwegian's Airlines flight was cancelled on Monday after a passenger noticed that fuel was pouring from a valve on the plane's wing. Read More >>

physics
What Happens When a Boeing 777 Tries to Land in a Major Crosswind

There's a pretty harrowing video making its way around the internet today showing a Boeing 777 as it makes an attempt (and proceeds to fail miserably) at landing. But it's no crash—thanks to an insane crosswind, it literally cannot land. Read More >>

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31 Photos From the Golden Age of Airships, When Zeppelins Ruled the Sky

It's been nearly a century since airships floated by the Empire State Building. But now that the aluminum airship of the future is here and almost ready to carry passengers, it's high time that we took a look back to those few decades when majestic airships seemed like the future of travel. Read More >>

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Why Drone Engineering Sucks (and How It Gets Better)

Despite our international obsession with drones — both their awesome powers and terrifying repercussions — the truth is that they're an incredibly immature technology. And, like most immature technologies, that means they're not quite all they're cracked up to be. Read More >>

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Holy Crap It's Good This Airplane Wasn't Flying When Its Jet Exploded

Yesterday this Airbus A330 was zipping down the runway of Manchester Airport, UK, ready to take off and head to the Dominican Republic. And then, holy crap, its jet engine exploded. Read More >>

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Fake Italian Pilot Tries to Imitate Catch Me If You Can; Partly Suceeds

Inspired by Steven Spielberg's 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, an Italian man going by the name of Andrea Sirlo tricked his way into the cockpit of at least one airplane by posing as a pilot with a home-made uniform and fake ID, managing to bag a free flight. Read More >>

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This Flying Car From the '50s Can Be Yours For Just Over £800k

Okay, screw RIM. Who needs their fancy private jets that can seat loads of people and costs a tonne of cash when we can get an even sweeter flying car for a fraction of the price? Read More >>

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This Crazy Propeller-Driven Hanging Monorail Was Once Considered the Future Of Commuting

Oh, olden times — you so crazy. The modern subway might be a perfectly functional way to get around a big city, but you can't help but feel a little disappointed that inventor George Bennie's hanging Railplane didn't catch on as a more exciting alternative. Read More >>

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GE's Research Lab Creates 3D Printed Jet Engine Ornaments—R&D Money Well Spent

Is it a coincidence that a video showing researchers using one of GE's 3D printers to make these ornaments has been switched to private? Because I want them to know that this is an awesome use of their R&D budget. Read More >>

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Amazing Multicopter Could Be Your Ticket to The Heavens

Why screw around with one propellor when your personal multicopter can have 16? I cannot wait to hover around my neighborhood making everyone jealous and finding frisbees stuck on roofs. Read More >>

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