Posts tagged with ‘airplanes

The A10 Thunderbolt may be retired in order to keep the F35 funded
The A10 is easily one of the best military aircraft ever built. When it was built in the 70s, its was intended to be a sturdy and reliable anti-tank platform. However, since the cold war stayed cold, it never entered combat until the First Gulf War. By that point, many politicians wanted to scrap the program. That all changed once they saw what the plane was capable of. Since that time, it has been used for anti-tank and close air-support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Technology has to march on, but it’s sad to see such a well-designed plane get scrapped for no other reason other than funding another plane whose role is questionable at best.
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The A10 Thunderbolt may be retired in order to keep the F35 funded

The A10 is easily one of the best military aircraft ever built. When it was built in the 70s, its was intended to be a sturdy and reliable anti-tank platform. However, since the cold war stayed cold, it never entered combat until the First Gulf War. By that point, many politicians wanted to scrap the program. That all changed once they saw what the plane was capable of. Since that time, it has been used for anti-tank and close air-support roles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Technology has to march on, but it’s sad to see such a well-designed plane get scrapped for no other reason other than funding another plane whose role is questionable at best.

Read more at ArsTechnica

Delta’s new 1980s themed in-flight safety video is more 80s per square inch than should be allowed by law

But damn I just love it anyway. Watch it all the way to the end. Unless you weren’t born until the 1990s, then you can go somewhere else for a few minutes.

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Chuck Norris does a split between two Lockheed jets. Your move Van Damme, you big pussy

Okay, so this was done with CGI whereas the Van Damme Volvo commercial wasn’t. But that doesn’t mean Chuck Norris couldn’t do this in real life, because he totally could.

Hypersonic successor to the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane unveiled

Lockheed Martin’s SR-71 Blackbird is a hell of a piece of military tech. But the SR-71 was retired as a spy plane in 1998, so America is overdue with the latest and greatest flying machine. Behold the Lockheed Martin SR-72, a hypersonic flier that can shoot through the skies at double the breakneck batshit insane Mach 3 speed. Yes, double. The SR-72, if it ever goes into production, will be able to hit Mach 6, meaning you could fly from New York to LA and back within your lunch break.

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FAA now allowing use of electronic devices throughout most of your plane trip

If you’re annoyed or inconvenienced when you’re told on an airplane that you have to wait until you’re at a certain altitude to use electronic devices, today the FAA announced it was lifting those restrictions… because they were based on nothing but superstition. You still can’t gab on your phone the whole flight thank god, but you can Candy Crush or email or tweeter as much as you want during takeoff and landing.

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Ah, the golden age of air travel, before terrorists went and fucked it all up.

Ah, the golden age of air travel, before terrorists went and fucked it all up.

This sleek thing could be the successor to the Concorde

Even though the Concorde was loud as hell and expensive as fuck to operate, it was sad to see the first and only supersonic passenger plane disappear. This creation from Japan could be the Concorde’s successor… super sleek and designed to minimize shockwave noise, this might be the kind of thing you’d be flying on in the future.

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How Do I Land?

Comedian Kurt Braunohler (He’s on Tumblr) hired a pilot to do some brilliant sky graffiti over LA which was funded by his Kickstarter Campaign.  Apparently there’s more on the way!

Cargo plane crashes shortly after takeoff from Bagram airfield in Afghanistan

After the cargo in this plane shifted in this American cargo plane taking off from Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, the plane stalls in midair and crashes in a giant fireball. All eight people aboard died.

Virgin launches creepy seat-to-seat delivery to help passengers “get lucky”

Basically, if you spot a hottie, you can pinpoint their location using Virgin’s digital seat map, & send passengers unsolicited drinks or snacks through the in-flight entertainment system. 

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How a singe Android phone could hack an airplane

While the FCC has been talking about loosening rules about cell phones on planes, security experts are now warning that a properly configured Android phone could take control of the electronics of an airplane. Well that could be a problem.

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Samoan airline becomes the first to charge passengers by weight

For years, airlines have toyed with the idea of charging hefty passengers more for their seat, but a Samoan airline is the first to actually do it. Yes, Samoa, the Pacific nation that is stereotypically full of overweight islanders.

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TSA will now let you take small pocket knives, small baseball bats and golf clubs on planes

Having a moment of clarity, the TSA has relaxed some of their carry-on rules to allow small pocket knives with foldable, non-locking blades, golf clubs and small, child-sized baseball bats on airplanes. You still have to leave your hunting knives, broadswords and kitchen knives at home. And yes, box cutters are still a no-no.

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