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Starling murmuration, a stunning clip from Jan van Ijken’s ‘The Art of Flying’

Murmurations, those dense clouds of whirling, pulsating, shapeshifting starling flocks, are a breathtaking dusk phenomenon. How do thousands of birds change directions and seemingly move as one without colliding? Dutc...

A world record 217-way 3 points skydive over Arizona in 360°

Watch as skydivers set a 217-way 3 points Sequential FAI World Record with their formation at Skydive Arizona for the Sequential Games 2017 in October. Via Air Sports Net: After setting the initial formation, thos...

Whispering, Walking Bats Are Onto Something

Bats have a brilliant way to find prey in the dark: echolocation. But to many of the moths they eat, that natural sonar is as loud as a jet engine. So some bats have hit on a sneakier, scrappier way to hunt. See ho...

A drone with robot arms

This large, six rotor drone with two 5-axis robot arms can grab and carry small items, potentially assisting humans, making deliveries, and assisting in emergency aid missions. It flies up to 60 km/h (37 mph) and tran...

UCLA’s Hummingbird Whisperer

Meet UCLA assistant researcher Melanie Barboni, who has become well known for the tiny birds that visit her feeders outside of a Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences window. She's known on campus as The H...

Hummingbirds fly, shake, and drink in slow motion

First shared in the National Geographic feature A Mesmerizing Look at Hummingbirds in Flight, this high-speed video footage by Anand Varma captures these "perfect flying machines" as they fly, shake, and drink. The sl...

Flying Fish, hunted underwater and in the air

Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances. It appears these Flying Fish are in a no win situation, pic...

Premières Plumes

High in the mountains, two young bird creatures play on a cliff before one discovers their first feathers. Premières Plumes (2010), a beautiful watercolor-like animation about growing up, a collaboration by LISAA (Par...

A window into ladybug wing origami

Beneath a ladybug's red shell, the spotted elytra that it's known for, the beetle's hind wings are efficiently folded until it wants to take off and fly. When it lands, the wings simply fold back up into a protected p...

FlightLapse #01 – MilkyWay, a time lapse view from the cockpit

On a flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Sao Paulo, Brazil, airline pilot and film producer Sales Wick captured a stunning flight time lapse view from the cockpit of a Boeing 777. FlightLapse #01 - MilkyWay begins over...

How Do Pelicans Survive Their Death-Defying Dives?

Unlike American White Pelicans, who scoop up fish at the water's surface, California’s brown pelicans rocket down from the sky, plunging toward the ocean from as high as 65 feet. This episode of Deep Look explains how...

Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals of the land—and it's no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That's fast...

Hang Glide Over Yosemite National Park in 360 Degrees

See Yosemite National Park the same way a Peregrine falcon might: Soar over it with incredible 360 degree views. In this Nature on PBS video, a hang glider launches off a sheer rock cliff, flies next to a waterfall, a...

The Scorpion-3 hoverbike, a ‘human-carrying drone’

This Scorpion-3 hoverbike is a cross between a motorcycle and a quadcopter, a 'human-carrying drone' that hopes to be "the next step in accessible amateur flying developed to inspire athletes, engineers, scientists an...

Incredible indoor skydiving flyers at the 2017 Wind Games

A little like ice skating, gymnastics, or modern dance while flying, this indoor skydiving freestyle routine by Poland’s Maja Kuczyńska, performed at the 2017 Wind Games in Catalonia, Spain, is made possible by four h...

Bessie Coleman, The First Female African American Pilot

Born on January 26, 1892, American aviator Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license and the first American woman to hold an international pilot license. Her daredevil figure eights, ...

Ciclope, a messenger drone flies across ravaged landscapes

A quadcopter flies across majestic landscapes to deliver a mysterious wrapped gift. Below it, the structures and technologies appear to be crumbling. Where is it flying to and who is the gift for? The animators at...

To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly (1909)

British naturalist and nature documentary pioneer Percy Smith created this short silent film of a mechanical replica spider in 1909 to educate the public about arachnids. To Demonstrate How Spiders Fly can be found in...

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