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Vintage Airline Posters That Lured Tourists to San Francisco

Image via Pinterest<br>The golden age of aviation was a time of catered meals, high-thread-count blankets, business-class levels of legroom—and brightly colored, <b>occasionally psychedelic graphic design</b>. (It was also a time of higher fatalities, mile-high ticket prices, and neck-snapping turbulence in …

13 of the Most Incredible Boeing 747s

Air Force One, the Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, the Sultan of Brunei's jet—here are some of the most lavish and advanced 747s to ever take to the skies.<p>The "Queen of the Skies" has been in service since 1970, following its first test flight the year before. The decades have been good to this …

Why the F/A-18 Is Such a Badass Plane

The 35-year odyssey of the mighty Hornet.<p>On the first day of the Persian Gulf War, four F/A-18Cs took off from the USS <i>Saratoga</i> to bomb an airfield in southwestern Iraq. These F/A-18s were heavy. Each carried four MK 84 2000-lb. bombs, two AIM-7 Sparrows, two AIM-9L Sidewinders, and a centerline …

Military

I Am Paying $200,000 for Five Minutes in Space

On a blindingly bright January afternoon in 2010, I went to my bank to get a cashier's check for $20,000. It was my birthday, and I was buying myself the present I'd been waiting for my entire life: a trip to space.<p>This fat chunk of cash would become a 10 percent downpayment for a ticket aboard …

Fashion In Flight: A History of Airline Uniform Design

If you happen to be at San Francisco International Airport, check out this fascinating exhibit at the The Aviation Museum and Library entitled <i>Fashion</i> …

‘Bang, Bang,’ Bored White House Sniper Whispers To Self With Random Tourist’s Head In Crosshairs

WASHINGTON—In an attempt to pass the time while perched atop the White House roof, bored Secret Service sniper Michael Flynn centered his rifle’s …

Assault Rifle In Iraq Losing Track Of How Many Times It’s Switched Sides During War

TAL AFAR, IRAQ—Admitting it had stopped counting after the first dozen or so occasions upon which it passed from one fighting force to another, an …

Area Man Creeped Out By Request To 'Make Love'

WINSTON-SALEM, NC–A half-naked Patrick Fuller was thoroughly creeped out Saturday, when fellow Wake Forest University senior Alicia Echols suggested …

What Made the SR-71 Blackbird Such a Badass Plane

The story of a supersonic legend.<p>With a sleek needle nose and a swept double-delta wing with two prominent nacelles, the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane is the stuff aviation legend. Although the SR-71 first flew in late December of 1964 and hasn't been in service for almost 25 years, it's …

Tim Duncan Raving About Health Benefits Of Standing Bench

SAN ANTONIO—Explaining that it significantly reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and promotes healthier metabolism, Spurs power forward Tim …

Hit-And-Run Driver Kills Prominent Member Of Deer Community

SAINT ALBANS, VT—Describing it as a terrible tragedy that has sent shockwaves throughout the region, sources confirmed Thursday that a hit-and-run …

Mattel To Remake Barbie With More Diversity, Voice Box

Following years of declining sales, Mattel has announced it is releasing new Barbie dolls that feature more racial diversity, in addition to a “Hello …

Say What You Will About Jaden Smith, But His Latest Tweets Show He’s Got A Pretty Strong Grasp On How Vacuum Cleaners Work

By now, most of us are familiar with Jaden Smith and the strange, quasi-philosophical way he presents himself to the outside world. The 16-year-old …

Man’s Neuroses Really Putting Genuine Compliment Through The Wringer

SANTA CLARITA, CA—Instantly mobilizing in response to a coworker’s positive remark about his job performance, local marketing assistant Devin …

Man’s Food Poisoning Could Realistically Be Traced Back To Any Meal From Past Week

NEW YORK—Determining that not one of his recent food selections was entirely above suspicion, local man Kevin Curhan said Thursday that his food …

An-225 Mriya is the world’s largest aircraft (English version)

An-225 Mriya (which is referred to Dream from Ukrainian) is the heaviest airlift cargo aircraft ever taken off in the sky. The maximum takeoff weight …

Aviation Photo #2568240: Boeing KC-135R Stratotanker (717-148) - USA - Air Force

America’s Boneyards: Where Airplanes go to Die

<i>B</i>efore they are put to rest, airplanes undergo funeral-esque rituals known as ‘pickling’. Their engines are removed, the windows covered and the …

14 of the world's most amazing abandoned airports

Empty airports in warzones, little known airfields and airplane boneyards: welcome to the strange world of abandoned airports. For whatever reason, …

Airports

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First attempt at around-the-world solar-powered flight to take off from Abu Dhabi in March, 2015

A photo from a recent test flight of the Solar Impulse aircraft.<p>Solar Impulse is described as “the only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly …

Mellowing Jihadist Not As Enraged By Western Culture As He Used To Be

MIRANSHAH, PAKISTAN—Admitting he has “mellowed out a bit” with age, 54-year-old militant jihadist Adil Jalal Kalmati confided to reporters Wednesday …

Driving Instructor Has Own Gas Pedal In Case Student Total Pussy

GREENVILLE, SC—Saying that he only uses it as a last resort, local driver’s ed instructor Bill Dennison confirmed Monday that there is an extra gas …

8 Game-Changing Keyboard Shortcuts You Need To Be Using

<i>If you’re sitting at your computer as often as the rest of America, you’ve probably got your share of keyboard shortcuts that make your life easier.</i> …

Man Just Wants One Trip To Laundromat Where He Doesn’t Meet Perfect Woman

CHICAGO—Stating that he only wants to wash his clothes and be on his way, local man Eric Snyder told reporters Wednesday that for once he’d like to …