aircraft

watching the watchers

We Tracked Police and Military Planes at the G7

Accessible tools made quantifying air activity over the heavily-policed economic summit a breeze.
Laurent Bastien Corbeil
6.21.18
hypersonic

Why the Piloted Flight Speed Record Hasn’t Been Broken in 50 Years

It all goes back to the history of the X-15 A-2, an unmistakable rocket-powered product of its moment.
Caroline Haskins
10.6.17
Whoa

Start Rolling Your Blunts: NASA Is Uploading Decades of Archival Footage to YouTube

Watch a hypersonic plane go 7,000 miles per hour and more in over 500 videos of experimental aircraft pushing the limits.
Samantha Cole
7.19.17
Flights of Fancy

A Company That's Never Made a Plane Wants to Build the Air Force’s New Jets

The Minnesota-based Stavatti has shown off some impressively futuristic designs over the past decade. But so far it's been the aerial equivalent of vaporware—all hype.
David Axe
2.10.17
machines

How to Track the US Air Force’s Covert Fleet of Civilian-Styled Planes

Ever get the urge to take a sneaky peek into some of the Pentagon’s less well-publicized missions around the world?
Joseph Trevithick
1.17.17
amazon

Blink And You’ll Miss Amazon Transforming Into a Logistics Company

Overground and underground, Amazon’s transportation metamorphosis is happening fast.
Ben Sullivan
1.5.17
Opinión

The Only Good Future of Commuting Is No More Commuting

Uber says that a network of small, electric aircraft could reduce the modern commute.
Kate Lunau
10.27.16
Bird Flight

A Theory On Why Birds Don't Crash Into Each Other

Future anti-crash systems could take a lesson from birds.
Sarah Emerson
9.29.16
machines

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

Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System successfully avoids ground.
Ben Sullivan
9.13.16
brief histories

May We Never Forget the First Jet Airliner, The De Havilland Comet

In 1949, the world became a much smaller place.
Michael Byrne
7.28.16
video

Watch This Terrifying Botched Aircraft Carrier Landing

Eight seamen were injured in the incident, but no one was killed.
Steve Huff
7.11.16
nasa

NASA's New X-Plane Is an Anyplane Prototype for the People

It's hoped the X-57 will form the basis for clean, quiet short-haul airliners.
Michael Byrne
6.29.16