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Luggage Made From Recycled Aeroplane Seats Might Just Be Indestructible

When you think of the daily abuse that aeroplane seats have to endure, it’s a minor miracle they aren’t torn to shreds after just a week of air travel. The fabrics used for the upholstery must be just short of indestructible, so it makes sense to eventually recycle those materials into bags and backpacks that can easily survive your daily commute. Read More >>

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What Happens When a Flock of Birds Hits an Aeroplane Head On

You should have seen the other guy, said the plane. The plane, a Boeing 738 operated by Turkish Airlines, was landing at Nevşehir-Capadoccia airport when it got its nose punched in by a flock of birds. The birds, judging from the marks and cracks and colour of said punched in plane nose, presumably suffered a worse fate. Read More >>

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Northrop Grumman Shows Off its Experimental Spaceplane Concept

In mid-July the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded contracts to Boeing, Masten Space Systems, and Northrop Grumman to develop an unmanned spaceplane to travel hypersonic speeds in the upper atmosphere—as easily as a commercial airliner. Read More >>

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In-Flight Entertainment to Get a Boost as Take-Off and Landing Ban on Gadgets Could Be Lifted

Passengers on flights across the US are now free to use their gadgets during both take-off and landing, and that FAA-granted courtesy could soon be extended across Europe too. The relevant governing bodies, including the UK's Civil Aviation Authority and the European Aviation Safety Agency, are also considering the change, putting an army of "Flight Mode" devs on the dole. [Guardian] Read More >>

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A Plane Getting Struck By a Lightning Bolt is Always Scary

Though most of us know that lightning bolts striking planes aren't too much to worry about these days, seeing the actual bolt go through the plane is always a frightening sight. There are hundreds of people in that flying tube! And they're getting zapped by lightning! Of course, there probably unaware of it and it's only us on the ground who see the terrifying image. Read More >>

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Would You Take a Flight Which Only Had One Pilot?

Over in Europe, a new research scheme is looking into the possibility of creating cockpits that require just a single pilot to fly aeroplanes — but would you take such a flight? Read More >>

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Harlem Shake on a Plane Could Put Lives at Risk

An admittedly rather impressive shot at getting an entire plane load of passengers doing the Harlem Shake dancing meme has ended in trouble for all involved, with US aviation experts claiming the Frontier Flight 157 could've been put at risk by having so many idiots bouncing around inside. Read More >>

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Video Shows 3-Metre Python Riding on an Airliner’s Wing

This 3m-long python flew from Cairns, Australia, to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, attached to the wing of a Qantas' passenger airplane. Sadly, the poor snake didn't survive the trip, which lasted about 90 minutes. Warning: the video is hard to watch. Viewer discretion is advised. Read More >>

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Virgin Atlantic’s Vera Entertainment System Review: The Best Way to While the Hours Away (If You Don’t Have a Tablet)

Hailing from a country a good day's flight away, I've become pretty familiar with the various "entertainment systems" (if you can call some of them that) airlines offer their passengers. You're probably familiar with that sinking feeling when you discover a plane doesn't have on-demand movies, resulting in another 108 minutes to start watching your chosen time-waster from the opening scenes? Read More >>

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The Awesome NASA Passenger Plane That Wants to Kill the Sonic Boom

NASA and its partners keep making progress in their quest to design a new passenger airliner that can fly supersonic without making a lot of noise, one of the main problems with the Concorde. And that progress looks space-age awesome. Read More >>

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This Guy Proposed to His Girlfriend By Faking a Plane Crash

We've seen some awesome, hilarious and good-hearted proposals but we've never seen anything as twisted as this: a guy and girl fly a two person plane and take in the sweeping views (cue: aww) but then things take a wild turn, as the plane begins to crash. Well, "crash". Read More >>

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There’s No Way You’d Survive a Terrifying Plane Crash Like This

Yesterday we heard that Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel deliberately crashed a 727-jet plane into the desert. Now there’s a terrifying eyewitness video to show you just how horrific that really was. There’s no way you’d come out of that alive, surely? Read More >>

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These People Flew a Giant 45-foot Paper Airplane In the Desert

The people from the Pima Air & Space Museum thought it would be a great idea to make a 45-foot long paper airplane, lift it with an helicopter, and then drop it to let it glide across the Arizona desert. Read More >>