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US Air Force Wants to Put Lasers on Fighter Jets By 2021

The US Air Force’s scientific research wing is giving Lockheed Martin $26.3 million “for the design, development, and production of a high power fibre laser,” which it expects to start testing on a tactical fighter jet in four years. Sounds cool and certainly futuristic, but the jury’s still out on whether these weapons have any real tactical value. Read More >>

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FAA Proposes Worldwide Laptop Ban For Checked Bags on International Flights

The US Federal Aviation Administration wants the world’s airlines to stop letting passengers put large electronic devices like laptops in checked bags on international flights. The proposal, which will no doubt upset some frequent travellers, will be considered by the United Nations in the coming weeks. Read More >>

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Rising Temperatures Could Make Air Travel Even Worse

Last month, as a record-breaking heat wave swept through the southwest United States, dozens of flights were cancelled when the blisteringly hot conditions made it hard for jets to take off. New research suggests this wasn’t a one-off event, and that global warming could make it increasingly difficult for planes around the world to take off in the coming decades. Read More >>

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You Can Own the Original ‘Just Two Years Away’ Flying Car for £3.86 Million

After spending 40 years and unspeakable amounts of investor money to make his dream a reality, Paul Moller’s flying car is finally available for purchase. But because flying cars are perpetually “just two years away,” Moller is actually auctioning off his original prototype, not a production model. Read More >>

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Giant 15-Foot-Wide RC Plane Weighs Less Than a Pound

Looking more like the tiny single-prop planes that amateur pilots fly, this massive replica of an Airbus A-320 airliner is actually a remote control plane with a wingspan of almost 16 feet. What’s more impressive is that it weighs less than a pound and flies slow enough that it can be piloted indoors. Read More >>

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I Want a Jet Engine Ceiling Fan Hanging in My Bedroom

Global warming promises to make the summers more and more unbearable. Instead of precariously balancing an air conditioner in your window, imagine how cool you’d be standing underneath a jet engine ceiling fan. Read More >>

aviation
When You Fly Over a Foreign Country, Your Aeroplane Owes Rent

Ever wonder how commercial flights are allowed to pass over and through many different sovereign nations without causing a fuss? You can thank the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Read More >>

military
China’s New J-20 Stealth Fighter Makes Its Public Debut, But the U.S. Isn’t Impressed

At an airshow held earlier yesterday in southern China, a pair of J-20 stealth fighters streaked across the sky as Beijing proudly debuted the latest edition to its military arsenal. Read More >>

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Watch a Gigantic RC Fighter Jet Tragically Disintegrate in Mid-Air

RC planes aren’t cheap, and crashing even a £200 model can be heartbreaking given how much work is required to build and test it before your first flight. So imagine how these guys feel when their half-scale Saab Gripen, measuring 26-feet long and weighing over 100kg , simply disintegrated in mid-air. Read More >>

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Watch the F-16’s Autopilot Mode Save an Unconscious Pilot’s Life

The US Air Force has declassified a harrowing video showing the heads-up display of student pilot who passed out during a tight manoeuvre. Mercifully, his F-16 was equipped with a ground collision avoidance system, saving him from certain death. Read More >>

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Giant Floating Arse Shits Itself, Crashes

Ladies and gents, the world’s largest aircraft that also looks like a bum has crashed. Read More >>

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14 Things You Didn’t Know About Air Travel

Ninety years ago, on the 28th of September 1924, a team of heroic US aviators completed the first round-the-world flight. The journey began 175 days earlier, where four planes set off from Santa Monica, California, on an epic journey which covered 27,533 miles and passed over 27 countries. So what better way to celebrate one of mankind's greatest achievements than with 14 facts about air travel. Read More >>

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The New NASA X-Plane Will Be Fully Electric

Last year, NASA casually announced its intention to disrupt the aviation industry by sticking fully electric commercial passenger planes in the sky in 20 years. In a small step toward that goal, space agency director Charles Bolden has just announced plans for the X-57, the first all-electric addition to the famous X-plane series. Read More >>

military
I Wore a £273,000 F-35 Helmet and It Blew My Mind

Let me get this out of the way: the trillion dollar F-35 fighter jet programme is an embarrassing mess. But it’s hard not to marvel at the very expensive technology’s promises. This conflict squeezed my brain this week, when the Air Force stopped by Gizmodo’s office with a $400,000/£273,506 F-35 helmet in hand. They even let me wear it. Read More >>

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Solar Impulse Pilot Feels Awesome After a Full Day of Nonstop Flying

Most human beings would be in a black mood after spending 24 hours awake, strapped to a chair, and concentrating hard so as not to die. Not Bertrand Piccard. Gizmodo caught up the man currently flying the Solar Impulse 2 plane from Hawaii to San Francisco, and he sounded downright chipper. Read More >>