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Here’s Why Airplanes Have Engines On The Wings Or On The Tail

I’ve seen normally friendly and warm Jalopnik writers come to clumsy, ineffective blows over the concept of car engine location. I came this close to poisoning another writer’s coffee after I heard them say something disparaging about rear engines, for example. It seems that the world of airplanes has some similar…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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New HondaJet Has A Toilet With Seat Belts, Other Lesser Improvements

Honda’s line of private jets have always been technological marvels, and their latest revision is no exception. The new HondaJet Elite increases fuel range over the original, is quieter, and has upgraded sound and avionics systems. The big news, though, is the HondaJet Elite’s fully-enclosed lavatory, which has a…Read more… Continue Reading at http://jalopnik.com

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Nobody Knows Why Bruce Willis Is Building Such A Big Airport In Idaho

If you were wealthy, like Moonlighting residuals and Fifth Element merchandising-revenue wealthy, wouldn’t you want to build your own airport? Of course you would. Well, Bruce Willis is precisely that level of wealthy, and he’s building an airport in the middle of Idaho. But it’s also going to be a lot bigger and…Read more… Continue […]

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Here’s How Ford Used One Of The World’s Biggest Planes To Get F-150 Production Back Up Again

Ford shut down production of the F-150, its most profitable vehicle, on May 2 after a magnesium fire at a supplier caused a parts shortage. But just two weeks later it’s going back online after the automaker moved 87,000 pounds of equipment to England, hiring one of the world’s biggest cargo planes to do it.Read […]

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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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