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This 80 MPH Badger Fits in the Belly of an Osprey

US ground forces are about to get an awesome new whip from Boeing's Phantom Works: a petite combat support vehicle combining power, speed, and all-terrain traction to deliver soldiers to just about anywhere on Earth—without all the hiking. 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 >>

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 >>

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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Boeing's X-36 is the Single Coolest R/C Plane in the History of Aviation

McDonnell Douglass (which would later merge with Boeing), Phantom Works, and NASA began development on the X-36 in 1989, as a means of validating cutting-edge, tailless aircraft designs of a new generation of fighter aircraft that could compete with the rapidly increasing capabilities of Soviet MiGs. Read More >>

Boeing is Working on a Self-Destructing Phone for Spies

Government employees who rely on Blackberry's famously secure encryption might have another phone to choose from some day soon: Myce reports that Boeing has filed papers with the FCC for a phone that self-destructs if you tamper with it. It's called the Boeing Black, of course. Read More >>

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Just Look How Much Airplane Wings Flex in Crosswinds

Landing in a crosswind can be terrifying, but just watch this video and see how much the wings of a Boeing 767 flex during severe turbulence. It's... disconcerting to say the least. Read More >>

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 >>

Did Another Boeing Dreamliner Battery Really Just Catch On Fire?

Reuters reports that smoke was seen coming from a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner early Wednesday morning. You might remember that almost exactly a year ago, a Dreamliner caught on fire in Boston, grounding the plane worldwide for four months. The cause of that fire? The battery. Oof Boeing can't catch a break. Read More >>

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These Doomsday Planes Protect Heads of State When Disaster Strikes

In the event of a nuclear strike on American soil, they're going to be in a little bit of trouble. But at least we'll die safe in the knowledge that the valiant leaders of their nation—or any yahoos lucky enough to be in office at the time—will be escaping the nuclear holocaust in a fleet of environmentally-impervious airborne command centres. Read More >>

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 >>

Boing 474: The Chinese are Now Knocking Off the US' Airplanes

Chinese manufacturers are experts at knocking off just about anything, from "Rat Ban" sunglasses and "Wee" gaming consoles to, yes, "HiPhones." But now it looks like they're very close to copying another American export: They're bootlegging their Boeing 747s. Read More >>

Folding Wings Will Let Boeing's New 777x Squeeze Into Small Airports

Commercial planes have gotten bigger and bigger over the past few decades, but the size of the gate at most airports have stayed the same. To circumvent this little infrastructural disconnect, Boeing's future 777x jet will have a massive wingspan that folds up upon landing. Read More >>

F-16 Fighter Jet is the Latest Thing to Be Turned Into a Drone

The US of A has thousands of propellor-driven UAVs terrorising the skies above various bits of the world, but a puny propellor is no match for a legitimate, tooled-up Fighting Falcon flying itself through the skies. Which is why the US Air Force has strapped a really big remote control and a few servos* to some old jets, and flown them around a bit. Read More >>

Boeing Designed and Built This Slick VTOL Drone In Just 27 Days

DARPA's always working on a bunch of crazy projects, whether it's to find the next insane robot hero, or just Star Wars robot arms. On their long list of wants is an unmanned "X-Plane" that can do vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) like the dope-ass F-35B. Boeing whipped up this slick contest entry in 27 days. Read More >>

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Boeing's Newer, Bigger, Less Flammable Dreamliner Is Ready to Fly

This last year has not been kind to Boeing's fledgling 787 Dreamliner class airplanes, what with the repeated electrical fires, fleet groundings, and bad publicity. But Boeing is confident that it's worked the kinks out in its newest Dreamliner iteration, the 787-9, which rolled out of the factory earlier today and is eagerly awaiting its first test flight. Read More >>


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