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EasyJet is Putting its Faith in Electric Planes

In this modern world electric cars get all the attention, because they're already a viable method of transportation with new advances coming all the time. But there's still the problem of commercial planes, which generally use massive amounts of kerosene-based fuel to get off the ground. Thankfully some progress is being thanks to EasyJet. Read More >>

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BA Pilots Tugged Off Electrically

British Airways has a new tech thing that's a little bit interesting, with a few of its short-haul bays at Heathrow now featuring electric tugs to push planes out of the gate and into the scary world of the runway. The plan is to roll them and their charging bays out across the country by the end of the year. Read More >>

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Lightning Strikes Belfast Plane

Being struck by lightning while being 30-odd thousand feet in the air inside a metal bird is surely one of the most pants-wetting scenarios you can think up, but for 74 passengers flying from Belfast to East Midlands, that's exactly what happened. Read More >>

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BA Flyer Charged Double for “Strong” Cup of Tea

A loophole that's presumably been in place for decades has finally made a profit for British Airways, after the airline charged a passenger double the usual price for a cup of tea because he requested an extra strong cup. Read More >>

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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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UK Vulnerable to Air Attack as Entire Spitfire Fleet is Grounded

The UK's entire fleet of officially maintained RAF Spitfires -- all six of them -- is currently out of action, meaning an enemy nation could gain air superiority over the skies of Britain at any time. Read More >>

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A Samsung Galaxy S5 Recorded Its Fall From a Plane and Its Miraculous Safe Landing

For fear of its screen shattering, you probably do everything you can to prevent your fragile smartphone from falling even just a few feet. But Blake Henderson accidentally tested the limits of a Samsung Galaxy S5's durability when he dropped it from a plane, only to later discover it recorded both the skydive, and its miraculously safe landing hundreds of feet below. Read More >>

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Ryanair Begs Airport Pubs to Stop Selling Booze for Breakfast

The traditional 7:35am pre-holiday flight three-pint nerve-calmer session could be under threat, as budget flier Ryanair is trying to convince passengers and the travel industry at large that stopping airport pubs from selling booze first thing in the morning is a good idea. Read More >>

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Nightmare Turbulence Injures 10 on American Airlines Flight, Covers Ceilings in Hot Coffee

At least seven crew members and three passengers were hospitalised when an American Airlines flight from Athens, Greece to Philadelphia hit extreme turbulence on Saturday, terrifying passengers and sending some flying through the cabin. Read More >>

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NASA Will Chase the Upcoming Solar Eclipse Using Telescopes Mounted on Jets

Observed from the ground, the total solar eclipse happening on August 21, when the Moon completely blocks your view of the Sun, will be visible for up to 160 seconds. It will be a fleeting glimpse of a rare phenomenon, which is why NASA plans to chase the Moon’s shadow using a pair of jets. Read More >>

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Boeing Draws A 787 In The Sky Using A 787

If you have to spend over 17 hours testing a new aeroplane engine, you might as well do whatever you can to make the whole thing more interesting. So when Boeing started testing a new Rolls Royce engine on a 787 Dreamliner, it did what anyone would do: they drew a picture. Read More >>

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There’s Now an Airline for Millennials Because Sure, Whatever

Air France announced this week it is launching Joon, a new airline “especially aimed at a young working clientele, the millennials,” and more specifically the good rich ones who like flying to Paris a lot. 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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Would You Pay to be Able to Recline Your Chair on a Plane?

There are few things more irritating about air travel than sitting down for a long flight, only to have the person in front of you tilt their chair all the way back for the duration. To the point where you can actually 3D print your own gizmos to prevent it from happening. Read More >>

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An Aerospace Engineer Turned a Classic Lego Set Into an RC Plane That Actually Flies

Fuelled by imagination, this 27-year-old Lego set — the Solo Trainer — flew thousands of hours in the hands of kids and collectors. But Adam Woodworth, an aerospace engineer and hardware designer at Google, wanted to see just how aeronautically sound Lego’s design really was, so he built a giant RC version of it. Read More >>