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Air Force Leaders Say It’s High Time Our Planes Shoot Deadly Lasers

Military bigwigs gathered in Orlando this week for the annual AirWarfare Symposium to discuss big plans for big weapons that do big damage. According to a report, the biggest unfunded project that U.S. Special Operations Command hopes to push through is a C-130 that’s equipped with a power laser weapon.

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Rhett Jones

March 4th

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Delta Becomes Second Airline in a Week to Ground US Flights Over Computer ‘Issues’

On Sunday, Delta Airlines temporarily grounded all domestic flights due to an unexplained technical error, the second major American airline to do so in the last seven days.

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Hudson Hongo

January 30th

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Here’s How Many Weapons a B-52 Bomber Can Hold

Here's How Many Weapons a B-52 Bomber Can Hold

The Air Force’s B-52 Bomber has been around since the 1950s and can hold up to 70,000 pounds of weapons. It’s a legendary beast that stretches 156 feet long, has a wingspan of 185 feet, and hits 40 feet tall. Known as the BUFF (that’s for Big Ugly Fat Fucker), it can hold nine weapons on each wing and 27 more inside the weapons bay. More devastatingly, it can also hold eight nukes inside.

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June 21st

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Forensics Official: Flight MS804 Evidence ‘Points Towards an Explosion’ 

Since last Friday, search teams have been gathering debris from the crash site of Flight MS804 . Now, an Egyptian forensics official has admitted that from what’s been recovered so far it seems likely there was an explosion aboard the airplane.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 24th

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This Is What Earth’s Air Traffic Looks Like From Space

This Is What Earth's Air Traffic Looks Like From Space
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Satellites get a wonderful view of the Earth and since October 2015 one in particular has been tumbling through space while keeping a watchful eye on the planet’s air traffic. This is what it’s seen.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 8th

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Every Airplane Needs These Giant In-Flight Entertainment Screens

This is the future of in-flight entertainment according to the aerospace giant Thales. Called Digital Sky, the prototype system provides 21-inch touchscreen that take up a huge swathe of the seat back.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 6th

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Crazy Airplane Flies In and Out and Through a Wind Farm

Crazy Airplane Flies In and Out and Through a Wind Farm

You know those basketball or soccer dribbling drills where you snake through a line of cones, dribbling in and out one way on a cone and then slithering through the opposite side of the next cone? That’s what pilot Hannes Arch is doing in this airplane at a wind farm in Tauern Wind Park in Oberzeiring, Austria. The airplane just flies through the wind turbines over and over again like it’s a video game and not real life.

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April 5th

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Watching These Airplanes Try to Land in Crazy Winds Is the Scariest Thing

Watching These Airplanes Try to Land in Crazy Winds Is the Scariest Thing

Here’s some truly frightening footage of airplanes landing at Birmingham Airport in the UK. “Landing” actually might not be the best term for these though because the airplanes look more like they’re spinning sideways and tilting out of control and praying that their wheels touch the ground instead of bouncing off like a basketball. These giant flying machines look more like toys than actual airplanes holding hundreds of people.

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March 23rd

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An iPhone Is the Latest Thing to Catch Fire on a Plane

Lithium-ion batteries and aircraft have some bad blood: Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners were grounded three years ago because of battery fires, the FAA banned all lithium batteries in hold luggage , and now an innocent iPhone has caused a fire on an Alaska Air flight.

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Chris Mills

March 21st

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UN Aviation Agency Demands Real-Time Airplane Tracking in Emergencies

The UN’s panel on aviation has announced that airplanes should now be fitted with autonomous distress tracking devices which allow them to transmit their location during emergencies.

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Jamie Condliffe

March 9th

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