How Airplanes Pick Up Those Giant Advertising Banners

Ever wonder how those sky banners get in the sky?  Wonder no more! Turns out it’s a bit more complicated than just taking off with a banner attached to the plane.  First, the plane takes off sans banner, but with a hook dangling from the rear: Then, the pilot has to circle back low enough […]

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Solar Powered Solar Impulse 2 Crosses The Pacific Ocean in 3 Days

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Here’s another success in the quest for practical solar powered flight. Although it may not happen in the near future, this successful flight across the Pacific Ocean is significant progress in this quest. Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse 2 in Mountain View, in the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco, at 11:45 p.m. […]

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Ever Wonder Why Commercial Airliners’ Engines Are So Big?

At first glance, a commercial jet engine may look like an engineering outlier. Nearly everything else we see on planes has gotten smaller and more streamlined over the years. So why have engines continued to grow? Turns out it’s because they wouldn’t be as efficient any other way, according to the¬†Minute Physics¬†video above. The core […]

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Ireland Was the Home of Flight’s Lost Golden Age

When airliners could barely make it across the Atlantic Ocean, there was no more welcome sight than the runway at Shannon, where the airport photo-op and duty-free store were invented.”> The first people to discover Irelands particular value to aviation were glad to see it looming up ahead early one summer morning in 1919. The […]

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