A commercial airliner with multiple engines can limp to a runway if one of them fails. But a small plane, driven by just a single propeller, is in more serious trouble when its engine stops. So researchers have created a tiny electric backup.
In an alternative universe where we're still at war with Germany, here's what we're flying. It's a Eurofighter Typhoon in the classic Spitfire livery. This one has the markings of 249 Squadron's Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson, a Victoria Cross winner from our generation of heroes who shot down an enemy fighter as his own plane burned. [RAF]
Knowing exactly how to safely evacuate a plane could one day save your life, so researchers created a terrifying Oculus Rift emergency-landing simulation that looks far more effective than a safety pamphlet ever could be. See more >
The Solar Impulse craft has completed a journey of 912 miles in 12 hours, beating all that had come before it and setting a new world record, as part of its mission to fly around the globe using solely the power of the the sun. Read more >
Behold the first glimpse of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's crazy space venture: the largest plane in history, a 117-metre-wingspan beast designed to carry and launch giant rockets to space, with a combined weight of 540,000kg! Yes, this is actually happening. See more >