Archive for the 'Airplanes' Category

When to Purchase the Cheapest Airline Tickets

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

ShopperDid you know that when you purchase an airline ticket can have an impact on the price? Buying tickets on Tuesdays or over the weekend can get you a better deal. Also, purchasing them seven weeks before the trip will usually get you the best fare.


Flying the SR-71 Blackbird

Friday, February 1st, 2013

AirplaneThe linked article is a firsthand account by Air Force pilot Brian Shul of what it’s like to fly an SR-71 in combat conditions—in his case, over Libya in 1986. For those who aren’t familiar with it, the SR-71 is the fastest plane ever built, reaching speeds well above Mach 3. Shul also provides some background information on the plane, which was retired in 1989 (then reactivated in a limited capacity and retired again in 1998).

Thanks to Mike Primm for this link.


One Fighter Jet To Rule Them All: The F-35

Monday, July 30th, 2012

AirplaneThe linked article is a glowing review of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. If the plane lives up to all the praise being heaped on it, we’ll have the fighter jet equivalent of a grand slam home run. It’s something of a technological marvel.


What Would You Do With an Unlimited-Use, First Class Airline Pass?

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

AirplaneBack in the ’80s and ’90s, American Airlines sold passes that allow an unlimited amount of first class travel for the owner and a companion. Priced at about $350,000 originally, the people who bought them have never regretted the decision—although that’s not the case for American. They’re losing millions of dollars on these passes and are looking for any way to cancel them.

(via Neatorama)

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

AirplaneBack in 1956, test pilot Tom Attridge managed to shoot himself down while flying a fighter jet. He fired the bullets during a dive, went beneath them, then flew through them at Mach one as they slowed and their trajectory changed. The damage was bad enough that the plane crashed.

(via Neatorama)

Knee Defenders Preserve Your Space on Board an Airplane

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

AirplaneKnee Defenders are rubber grips that attach to the arms of an airplane tray table and prevent the person in front of you from reclining the seat, thus giving you more space to breath and move. Especially useful for big or tall people.

(via Lifehacker)

Iceland’s Volcano

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

VolcanoHere are some really neat pictures of the recent eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Brings back memories of Mount St. Helens, although I don’t remember the US shutting down its airspace like Europe has done.

Thanks to Josh for the link.


This Repo-Man Takes Your Jumbo Jet

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

AirplaneI’ve never put much thought into what it take to repossess commercial airplanes. The linked article is about Nick Popovich and his repo company, Sage-Popovich, Inc. Some of the repossessions require significant planning and a large team of people.

(via Neatorama)

How to Survive a 35,000-Foot Fall

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

AirplaneWhen falling great distances, the primary survival mechanism is luck. But don’t forget to clench your butt.

(via Digg)

Paper Boarding Passes Are So Last Week

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Airlines have had e-tickets for some time now, but it’s still necessary to get a printed boarding pass. Well, even that is on the way out. My friend Josh sent this screen print of his iPhone. It’s a “mobile boarding pass,” and the airline accepts it from the phone display.

Mobile Boarding Pass

Plane Crash In Denver

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

AirplaneThe linked video footage shows the path of the airplane that veered off the runway and burst into flames on Saturday. Note the building that it narrowly missed—which happens to be a fire station. Apparently the quick fire response was a significant factor in everyone safely exiting the burning plane.


Two Seats For the Price of One

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

AirplaneHere’s a way to get a two-for-one deal on airline seats. It appears that Canada officially considers obesity to be a disability.

Thanks to Josh for this topic.