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Preparing Pilcher’s Hawk to fly again

According to Wikipedia, The Hawk was the fourth flying machine that British inventor Percy Pilcher built in the 1890s. Following Bat, Beetle, and Gull hang gliders, Pilcher's Hawk broke the world distance record in 18...

Crafting a highly-detailed paper Boeing 777 jet airplane

This airline commercial features the intricate work of Luca Iaconi-Stewart, an American designer who has been making 1:60-scale Boeing 777 jet airliners from manila folders and glue for the last five years. With t...

A 360 degree interactive cockpit view from an Airbus A320

What is it like to be in the cockpit of an airplane? This 11m25s video from Switzerland's Blick newspaper brings us inside the cockpit with the pilot and copilot for a 360 degree interactive take off and landing of an...

Flying The Swarm – An aerial multirotor “super drone” vehicle

With 54 counter-rotation propellers in a hexagonal arrangement around a single seat, this buzzing aerial "super drone" vehicle was built and tested by a man named Paul, according to a moment of shouting in the video. ...

Four-year-old Léa’s first aerobatic flight with her pilot father

Somewhere over Lachute, Quebec, this little girl giggled through loops and rolls on her first aerobatic stunt flight with her French-Canadian pilot dad Raphael Langumier, who wrote: My 4 years old daughter, Léa, c...

PoSSUM Program Trains Scientists for Space Research

For those who want to be an astronaut or work in space, and for those climate scientists who want a closer look at the mesosphere -- the understudied layer of Earth's atmosphere that's above the stratosphere and below...

Spanish Air Force jets land in formation, view from the seventh jet

In June of 1985, five Spanish-built CASA C-101 Aviojet training jets took off from San Javier Air Base to test their formation flying abilities. Ten days later, Patrulla Águila (Eagle Patrol) made their first public f...

Mexico City International Airport from a drone’s-eye view

Here's something we don't get to see everyday: a drone flying around the runways of an international airport. In close contact with the control tower and pilots, Mexico City-based drone photo and video company Postand...

A human-powered aircraft competition in Korea

How would you design a human-powered aircraft? Watch these teams compete to keep their pedal-powered vehicles aloft in an annual, crash-filled contest held at South Korea's Goheung Airlines Center. This 2013 video was...

Mesmerizing flight visualizations over 24 hour periods

The above air traffic visualization shows the incredible amount of planes coming and going from European airspace over the course of one summer day. It was created by NATS, an air traffic control services provider, an...

Flying in a F-16 Fighter Jet with the USAF Thunderbirds

What's it like to suit up in a g-suit and oxygen mask to fly in a supersonic F-16 fighter jet? Photographer Blair Bunting found out when he got the rare and thrilling opportunity to fly with the United States Air Forc...

e-Volo 18-Rotor Volocopter

This is the battery-powered VC200 “volocopter,” a state-of-the-art helicopter prototype by engineers at German start-up e-volo. From Smithsonian Mag:  In the coming year, engineers...

Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds

We want to learn how to make flying vehicles like this. Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships, in this fascinating video profile: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.  The flying ships ...

Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult

NPR’s Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult! How difficult? The Sikorsky Prize from the American Helicopter Society has promised $250,000 to anyone that build’s a human-powered heli...