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Flying Sucked Before it Involved Urine-Soaked Seats, Which by the Way, It Apparently Does Now

Flying is terrible these days. It flat-out sucks. From ballooning lines to get through security procedures that mostly don’t work to random fees and seats so small analysts believe they may be safety hazards, it’s really just not a pleasant way to spend your time. Read More >>

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Watching a Daredevil Pilot Fly This Low Is Absolutely Terrifying

If you’re a nervous flyer, you’re probably going to want to skip this video, because after watching YouTube’s Linkerius fly so low to the ground that it looks like he’s perpetually going to crash, you’ll be terrified of ever stepping foot on a plane again. Read More >>

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An Airline Pilot Captured This Beautiful Timelapse Footage of the Milky Way

As a passenger on an aeroplane, it’s not easy to shoot footage from your plane’s tiny window. But when you’re the pilot, with a large window to watch the night sky, you it’s possible to capture some amazing aerial footage of the Milky Way. Read More >>

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Gorgeous Aerial Footage Makes Me Want to Spend All My Money on a Jetpack

Like flying cars, jetpacks are the kind of technology that seems perpetually on the cusp of going mainstream. Though they’re both still incredibly expensive and incredibly dangerous, it’s easy to ignore those glaring issues when footage like this makes jetpacks look like the best toy one could ever own. Read More >>

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Dizzying Video Proves Drone Racing Pilots Have Super-Human Abilities

Do you remember the first time you tried flying a drone? And almost immediately crashed it into a wall? Experiences like that make it hard to believe that professional drone racers are able to pilot their tiny crafts at such impossible speeds without having some kind of super-human, X-men like powers. Read More >>

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This Unbreakable Racing Drone is Perfect for Terrible Pilots

There’s a reason nature uses eggs to protect offspring who develop outside their mothers. Domes are inherently strong and durable, so it also makes sense to build a drone with a similarly bulbous shape to help it survive crashes, collisions, and other accidents when an amateur pilot is at the controls. Read More >>

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Researchers Make an Obvious Discovery For Improving Drones

Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we’ve designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends. Read More >>

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Jetpack Daredevils Join a Fighter Jet Formation for the First Time Ever

One of the coolest things about Iron Man is his ability to fly, but since we don’t have access to Tony Stark’s technologies just yet, these jetpack-wearing daredevils, flying alongside an Air Force aerobatics display for the first time, are the next best thing. Read More >>

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This Fighter Jet Flew So Close to the Ground That it Basically Knocked Down a Guy

Yowza. Watch this Sukhoi Su-27 make the lowest of low passes at an air base in Ukraine. Like, it flies so impossibly close to the ground that you can see a guy duck and essentially get blown over as the fighter jet flies above his head. The video shows the entire insane approach: the jet flies a few feet over the runway before it peels left and screams right on top of the guy before picking up air again over the cameraman. Bananas. Read More >>

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Watch a Helicopter Pilot Nail a Ship Landing in a Ridiculous Storm

You know that queasy feeling you get in your stomach when the pilot of a large passenger plane has to make a rough landing in bad weather? Just try and imagine what this Royal Danish Air Force pilot was feeling while trying to land a Seahawk MH-60R helicopter on a boat while both were being tossed around in a North Atlantic storm. Read More >>

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This Amazing Little Bird Can Fly for Nearly a Year Straight

Bird lovers, let’s hear it for the little guy. Researchers have just discovered evidence that common swifts (a small type of bird) can spend 10 continuous months per year in the air without landing—a world record for sustained flight in nature. Read More >>

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Throwing This Glowing Boomerang Feels Like Having Superpowers

La Fabrique DIY, who once showed us how to turn a drill and an old bicycle into a frisbee cannon, is back with another simple tutorial that involves building a phosphorescent glowing boomerang that will make you feel like an X-Men character every time you give it a throw. Read More >>

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Why You Should Always Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

"I don’t want to die.” That’s what Destin from Smarter Every Day says as his oxygen level drops dangerously low, and yet he’s completely unable to put his oxygen mask back on because his brain isn’t functioning properly. Read More >>

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We Finally Know Why Jet Lag Is Much Worse Flying East

Jet lag is objectively terrible. It grants no immunity and bends to no form of treatment, unless “consuming an entire bottle of your favourite spirit” is considered treatment. (It’s not.) But according to conventional wisdom, some kinds of jet lag are worse than others—travelling east, for example, is harder on the sleep cycle than travelling west. As it turns out, conventional wisdom is largely correct. Read More >>

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Where Are the Quietest Seats On a Plane?

Today’s the first official day of summer 2016, and isn’t that unexpectedly depressing? Before you book your flights out of this sodden land of puddles and misty breath clouds, it’s worth giving this a quick read. Read More >>