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What’s The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Seen While Flying?

Anyone who travels by air enough likely has a very specific set of pet peeves based on all the terrible things they’ve experienced while flying—but there are some things that go totally above and beyond small annoyances. You know, those things that you just cannot believe someone actually did, those things that leave…Read more… Continue […]

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Howard Hughes’ ‘Spruce Goose’ Made Its First (And Only) Flight 72 Years Ago Today

It was November 2, 1947, and five years after the project to create the world’s largest airplane began, the Hughes H-4, known to almost everyone else as the ‘Spruce Goose,’ lept off the surface of the water off of Long Beach, California for its first and only flight.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Howard Hughes’ ‘Spruce Goose’ Made Its First (And Only) Flight 72 Years Ago Today

It was November 2, 1947, and five years after the project to create the world’s largest airplane began, the Hughes H-4, known to almost everyone else as the ‘Spruce Goose,’ lept off the surface of the water off of Long Beach, California for its first and only flight.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Here’s Why Rotodyne, The Vertical Takeoff Airliner, Failed

If a helicopter and an airplane had a little Einstein genius baby, that baby would be the Fairey Rotodyne, a passenger airliner that was said to be capable of vertical takeoff. It was supposed to be the hot new thing almost six decades ago—the way everyone would be getting around. And then, shockingly, it failed.Read […]

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The Japanese Auto Industry Is Finally Getting Serious About Electric Cars

Japanese automakers are finally giving in to electric cars, not everyone in the union loves the proposed contract with General Motors, Renault and Nissan only have a year to sort things out, and much more for this average Morning Shift for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The World’s Longest Flight Sounds Absolutely Terrible

Australian Airline Qantas is running tests on a planned direct flight between Sydney, Australia and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. If it happens, it’ll be the longest commercial flight in the world, a marvel of aviation engineering and—based on early reports—an absolute nightmare.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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The World’s Longest Flight Sounds Absolutely Terrible

Australian Airline Qantas is running tests on a planned direct flight between Sydney, Australia and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. If it happens, it’ll be the longest commercial flight in the world, a marvel of aviation engineering and—based on early reports—an absolute nightmare.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Tax The Hell Out Of Frequent Flyers

Flying, as I have written before, is one of the more vexing climate-related problems facing transportation. There are no good answers for cleaning up aviation except to fly a whole lot less, reversing the massive growth in the aviation industry over the last several decades that is projected to continue for several…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Tax The Hell Out Of Frequent Flyers

Flying, as I have written before, is one of the more vexing climate-related problems facing transportation. There are no good answers for cleaning up aviation except to fly a whole lot less, reversing the massive growth in the aviation industry over the last several decades that is projected to continue for several…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Oh God, The U.S. And Europe Are About To Start Slapping Tariffs On Each Other’s Planes

In case the current trade war hellscape wasn’t irritating enough to navigate, the World Trade Organization has just opened up a new batteground. In a ruling announced Wednesday and reported by CNBC, the WTO authorized the U.S. to levy tariffs on Airbus planes in response to illegal government subsidies. Soon, it’s…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Watch An Australian Air Force Cargo Jet Fly Casually Among Brisbane’s Skyscrapers

The Brisbane Festival is an annual three-week arts extravaganza in Queensland’s capital, traditionally ending with some military flyovers before a lot of fireworks are set off in an event called Sunsuper Riverfire. This year, like in 2018, that included a C-17A Globemaster, looking pretty spry as it made it’s way…Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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There Will Never Be A Cooler Overland Accessory Than The Flying Shogun

I’m on a campaign to convince you that the Mitsubishi Montero is the greatest SUV of the ’90s. It’s not a particularly popular opinion–people keep laughing at me and climbing back into their lame old Land Cruisers, squawking about solid axles. But what if I told you the Montero could launch a freaking airplane off […]

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