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The Pilot Who Saved That Southwest Flight Is A Badass

Tammie Jo Shults, reportedly one of the pilots responsible for landing the Southwest Airlines flight 1380 that experienced an engine explosion earlier today, was also one of the first women pilots in the Navy and one of the first women to fly the F/A 18 fighter jet.Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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This Soviet Airplane Tow Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World

In the mid 1950s, airplanes evolved into large jetliners and airports had to find more powerful vehicles to tow them around. In the Soviet Union, one solution was to build a large two-driver sedan-bodied tow car with the engine out of a tank, and it was probably the biggest sedan in the world.Read more… Continue […]

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This Is The New Jet That’s Supposed To Revolutionize Supersonic Air Travel (Again)

The biggest obstacle for supersonic passenger jets, apart from the cost, is the massively loud and very annoying sonic boom that these ultra-fast planes create as they blast over the landscape. Since the death of the Concorde, endless proposals have been offered over the years with no result. Here’s NASA’s new…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Inside The Secret Compartment Of An Airbus A380 Where Crew Members Can Snooze

Being a good crew member on an airline requires the patience of a saint. They’re expected to handle everything from unruly passengers to screaming children and turbulence with grace. Fortunately, there’s a place they can hide out on the Airbus A380 if they can’t handle it anymore: the hidden crew rest compartment. Read more… Continue […]

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Dog Dies On United Flight After Flight Attendant Forces Him To Ride In Overhead Compartment

If you have a dog, or just love dogs, this story may be hard to read, because it’s all about a cruel, idiotic decision that resulted in the death of a beloved family dog. The incident happened on United flight 1284 from Houston to LaGuardia, where a flight attendant insisted that a TSA-approved pet carrier […]

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This Taxi Test Of The World’s Biggest Airplane Looks Fake But Isn’t

Scaled Composite’s Stratolaunch is the largest airplane in existence by wingspan, which is an insane 385 feet. It needs to be this big because this twin-fusalage’d aircraft isn’t really an aircraft at all—it’s an airborne rocket launching pad. This taxi test of the plane gives a good sense of just how huge this thing…Read more… […]

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World’s Largest Plane Could Give Elon Musk The Space Race He’s Craving

Billionaires are taking to space the way wistful young men take to the sea in 19th Century novels. Last week, Elon Musk launched his Tesla Roadster at the astroid belt using the world’s most powerful rocket currently in operation. Not to be outdone, Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen also has a big plan (and a big…Read […]

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The Insane Transportation Network Required For Overnight Shipping

It’s incredible to consider that, in just about 100 years of modern transportation, we’ve managed to establish global shipping networks capable of getting a package across the world in just one night—all thanks to a complicated and highly sophisticated process involving planes, vans and people. Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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