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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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Flights In The Western U.S. May Get Delayed By Massive Military GPS Blackout

Navigation systems including those found in commercial flights may be disrupted or jammed completely across the southwest U.S. over the next couple of weeks. That sounds pretty bad but do not be too alarmed, it’s not Red Dawn. It’s just the U.S. Air Force and its massive annual Red Flag war exercises based out of…Read […]

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American Airlines Will Start Serving Free Booze On Flights From Chicago To New York

Despite “free” and “airlines” rarely belonging in the same sentence, American Airlines will start serving free beer and wine on certain flights from Chicago to New York in April. Of course, “free” is an illusion to make us think corporations are less terrible than they really are, and we’re paying for it somehow.Read more… Continue […]

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