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'Flight' Elevates Paper Airplanes to a Whole New Level

This week, we're taking to the skies with some breezy flying games. We'll thumb our noses at Newton, and defy gravity with rocket ships, helicopters and paper airplanes. Make sure your seat backs are fully upright and your belongings stowed in the overhead bins as we take off for some aerial thrills. Building the perfect paper airplane requires patience, diligence, and a passing knowledge of...

Air Force Developing Surveillance Mega-Blimp Dubbed 'Blue Devil'

Share The U.S. Air Force is developing a $211 million surveillance mega-blimp, which, if completed, could stay in the air for a week and will be seven times larger than the Goodyear Blimp. The project, dubbed 'Blue Devil,' could change the way surveillance missions are carried out in Afghanistan by serving as a floating information hub, according to Wired. The 350-foot-long blimp could ascend as...

Electronic Devices Might Interfere With Planes -- or Not

Despite stern warnings from flight attendants and pilots, we've always wondered if our iPods or cell phones could really cause an airplane's electronics to go haywire. According to a recent article in The New York Times, personal electronic devices don't always interfere with a plane's electronics -- but sometimes they do, or can, cause problems. Clear as mud, right? Bill Strauss, an engineer...

Christian Visionary's Flying Car Now Mission-Ready

After decades of empty promises, flying cars were beginning to seem like a mere Jetsonian pipe dream. The FAA recently cleared the Terrafugia Transition craft for take off, though, and now another land-sky-cruiser has met the federal organization's approval. While the current relationship between religion and science may seem a little tenuous, this latest extraterrestrial automotive was born from...

Boeing Develops Helicopter-Airplane Hybrid for DARPA

As part of a DARPA initiative, Boeing is developing a search-and-rescue aircraft that combines a helicopter's hovering capabilities with an airplane's long flight range. According to Aviation Week, Boeing will test a 20-percent scale model of the disc-rotor aircraft, called the CSAR DiscRotor, in a wind tunnel sometime next year. The aircraft uses rotor-mounted blades, much like a chopper, so...

NES Launched 25 Years Ago in New York, 'Portal' Ported to 'Minecraft'

Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. On October 18th, 1985, the Nintendo Entertainment System debuted in New York with a marketing campaign focused on the 8-bit system's Zapper and R.O.B. (robot operating buddy) peripherals. [From: Wired] Minecraft player copyboy, has ported the 'Portal' gameplay experience,...

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Completes First Piloted Glide Flight

Virgin Galactic took a major step toward realizing the dream of commercial space travel yesterday when its SpaceShipTwo craft gracefully landed at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The landing marked the first piloted glide flight for the SpaceShipTwo, or VSS Enterprise, which was released from its mothership VSS Eve at an altitude of 45,000 feet. Manned by Pete Siebold and Mike...

Singapore Airlines May Allow Cell Phone Use During Long Flights

Many major airlines offer Wi-Fi connectivity on flights, but according to ABC News, Singapore Airlines could allow passengers to send text messages or make cell phone calls on medium-to-long flights as soon as early next year. This service, which is part of an in-flight Wi-Fi Internet system being implemented, would be available on about 43 planes -- or half the airline's fleet. Of course, cell...

First Human-Powered Ornithopter Flight Recorded by Canadian

A University of Toronto engineering graduate student recently set a new world record for man-powered flight. According to Physorg, Todd Reichert flew an ornithopter -- an aircraft that flaps its wings like a bird -- over a field in Tottenham, Ontario, Canada for about 19.3 seconds at 16 mph. It's the first recorded, sustained, man-powered ornithopter flight in history. Reichert filed a claim for...

Airbus Envisions Invisible, Ceramic-Skinned Planes in 2050

Airbus recently published the forward-looking "The Future, By Airbus" (PDF) report, chock full of concepts and cutting-edge ideas about the future of flight. Airbus engineers explore hydrogen as a fuel source in the 'cryoplane' concept, and mention both biofuels and solar power as alternatives. An invisible plane concept -- hardly a new idea, as Wonder Woman has been flying one for over 60 years...

Boeing Plans to Send Tourists Into Space via Capsule by 2015

While it's out of the average person's price range, commercial space flight continues to move forward as government-funded space flight withers with a struggling economy. According to Space.com, Boeing, along with partner Space Adventures, plans to sell passenger seats aboard its Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft, which will make its first test flights by 2015. The cone-shaped...

Danish Rocket Men Eye Manned Space Launch (and Record Books)

Nearly forty years after Yuri Gagarin became the first person in outer space, Denmark is set to become the fourth nation ever to put a man into orbit (following Russia, the U.S., and China). More importantly, however, they are doing it without government funding, and, if successful, will be the first nation in history to do so. The team, the Copenhagen Suborbitals, is made up of Danish...

'Hipmunk' Travel Site Streamlines Reservations, We Go Hands On

Sometimes, planning a flight can be more stressful than actually waiting in the security lines or sitting next to a crying baby on the transatlantic. Sure, there are plenty of travel sites out there, each claiming to deliver the cheapest, easiest flights in the skies. But sifting through the layovers and comparing costs often takes some extensive research, simply due to the confusing way most...

TST-14J BonusJet Glider Comes With Retractable Jet Engine

Finding somebody to tow your fancy glider thousands of feet into the air is hardly cheap or convenient, so Desert Aerospace has developed a jet-powered sailplane that can launch itself into the sky. The company's TST-14J BonusJet, which completed its first successful test flight this spring, will supposedly be cheaper than other self-launching gliders that are manufactured in Europe (although,...

Americans Set Flugtag World Record With 207-Foot Flight at Red Bull Event

We Americans have a penchant for borrowing traditions from other cultures and making them our own. For example, on Saturday, 90,000 gathered on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota to watch people compete in flugtag. As part of flugtag, which is German for "flight day," teams build awesome homemade aircrafts, and launch them off a platform in order to see who can glide the...