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An airline pilot reveals why the Boeing 757 is truly unique

American, Delta, and United all operate large fleets of the airplane.<p>Even though the Renton, Washington-based plane maker booked more than 1,000 orders for the jet over its two decades in production, it was never a hot seller.<p>By the early 2000's, sales of the 757 had all but dried up, and Boeing …

The Airbus A380 may finally have an American customer — and it's completely unexpected

Currently, none of those jets fly for an airline from the United States.<p>But that may soon change.<p>In an interview with Bloomberg's Christopher Jasper, Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley said his airline is seriously considering the Airbus A380 double-decker jet as a possible addition to the …

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft to end epic trek with comet crash landing

FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - After 12 years chasing a comet across more 6 billion km of space, European scientists will end the historic Rosetta mission by crash landing the spacecraft on the surface of the dusty, icy body at the end of the month.<p>Data collected by Rosetta, which has captured the …

Watch 12 B-52s take off in an exercise to demonstrate the US's 'nuclear prowess'

The 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota recently carried out Prairie Vigilance 16-1 by flying 12 B-52 bombers at once in an effort to demonstrate that the squadron could project conventional, or even nuclear, force "anywhere, anytime."<p>The B-52, first flown in the 1950s, is the Air …

Data entry blunders force Air Asia pilots to land in Melbourne instead of Malaysia

<b>Correction: Sept. 7, 2016, 8:58 a.m. EDT</b> <i>The Air Asia pilots made several errors in entering data into the aircraft’s navigation system, which caused</i> …

World's largest seaplane unveiled by Chinese state company

State-owned company produces the AG600, about the size of a Boeing 737, which can be used fighting forest fires and performing marine rescues<p>China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, state media has said, the latest effort in the country’s program to wean itself off …

Forestry

Boeing, Russian Firm Said Near $4 Billion Deal to Save 747

Boeing Co. is nearing a $4 billion deal with Russia’s largest air-freight company that would help extend the life of the iconic, hump-nosed 747 jumbo …

All things considered, the F-35 may actually be a bargain

As I noted last week, the purchase price remains indeterminate, so the Danish Defense Ministry may be seriously unprepared for the final bill, if it's really taking seriously the source-selection team's calculations. As I wrote earlier this week, it's hard to see how F-35As will cost to procure and …

These 6 planes are trying to end Airbus and Boeing's dominance in the skies

The single-aisle airliner market is one of the most lucrative and hotly contested segments in the aviation business. But for the past 15 years, that white-hot competition has almost exclusively been between two companies — Airbus and Boeing.<p>In recent years, companies from around the world have …

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Lands NASA Contract

The billionaire's spacecraft company will join five other companies that have NASA's approval to provide suborbital flights to test new technologies<p>Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos' space rocket company, was awarded a three-year contract with NASA to test different types of technologies in microgravity …

Space Travel

These photos show the amazing views of Air Force cockpits

Few people get to experience the amazing rush, and have the incredible view, that pilots with the US Air Force are able to experience.<p>The following pictures take us inside the cockpits of the US Air Force.

There's one reason the A-10 Warthog is irreplaceable

These days, pretty much any warplane can drop guided munitions with pinpoint accuracy, but what makes the A-10 so special is one of the only weapons used by the US Air Force that isn't precision-guided: the 30 mm GAU-8/A Avenger gun with 1,150 incendiary rounds.<p>In a recent press release, Air Force …

This new airplane is further proof of a growing trend in aviation

And to capitalize on this change, Textron Aviation, parent company to famous aircraft manufacturers Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker, revealed a widely anticipated new turboprop aircraft, to begin testing in 2018.<p>The Single Engine Turboprop aircraft, or SETP, will enter a very competitive but …

SpaceX raises prices to lower them

SpaceX has done so well in bringing down launch costs that it's raising its prices. That may seem paradoxical, but all is not what it seems. As well …

Space Travel

The U.S. Air Force May Have Just Built Its Last Fighter Jet

The operator of the world’s biggest and most sophisticated fleet of warplanes isn’t planning on developing a major new dogfighter. How come?<p>The U.S. …

REPORT: EgyptAir plane made 3 emergency landings in the 24 hours before it crashed

The plane used for the EgyptAir Flight 804 connecting Paris to Cairo reportedly had to turn around three times and perform emergency landings on each occasion while travelling to Eritrea, Egypt, Tunisia, and Paris.<p>Emergency signals indicated a problem on board shortly after takeoff each time, …

Boeing may be redesigning its most popular plane to fix a 'major mistake'

Over the past five decades, it has become the best-selling airliner of all time with more than 13,300 jets ordered in the model's history.<p>But now, industry sources tell Reuters that Boeing may be ready to make significant changes to the 737 in order to fill a gaping hole in its product lineup left …

Black boxes from EgyptAir flight 804 reportedly located as officials confirm smoke was detected before it crashed

Egyptian government sources claimed to CBS that the recording devices were discovered near wreckage.<p>Meanwhile, French investigators confirmed on Saturday that smoke was detected in "multiple places" on board the doomed jetliner in the minutes before it crashed, likely indicating "the start of a …

Antonov An-225: Rare flight for world's biggest plane | CNN Travel

(CNN) — The undisputed superstar of the skies -- the biggest airplane in the world -- is taking flight on a rare delivery mission across three continents.<p>The Ukrainian cargo jet named "Mriya" is one of a kind. There is no other.<p>That's why the gawkers showed up Tuesday in Prague. They watched in awe …

Mystery Mission: Air Force's X-37B space plane nears 1 year in orbit

The U.S. military's uncrewed X-37B space plane is nearing one year in orbit on its latest secret mission.<p>The robotic space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015, kicking off the X-37B program's fourth flight. This mission, dubbed OTV-4 (short for Orbital Test …

Space Exploration

One graphic shows 75 years of Air Force innovation

The above graphic shows how the F-35 Lightning II compares with its namesake and 75-year-old predecessor, the P-38J Lightning.<p>In many ways, the planes do not resemble each other, and represent 75 years of technological and conceptual advancements. But the planes do have their similarities.<p>Like the …

Personal electric plane won't need an airport

Now that hoverboards are an honest-to-god thing, we have to say we're pretty disappointed with how flying cars have worked out. Another company has jumped into the fray with a vertical take-off plane called the Lilium that can soar at 400 km/h (250 mph). We'd normally say they're dreaming with the …

Aviation

Delta Air Lines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Engine Cover Falls Off

Part of the flying experience is peering out the window to get a peek at the clouds, blue sky, and whatever city you may be traveling above. One …

Delta Airlines

People are bashing the F-35 over this picture of it flying with an F-16

The cool shot in this post was shared by the Thunderbirds on their Facebook page.<p>It shows a US Air Force F-35A forming up on right wing of the F-16 No. 1 leader of the USAF demo team. By looking at the configuration of the two aircraft and the angle of attack, or AOA — the angle between the …

MH370 search: flight recorder found in Somalia not from missing plane

Australian officials say the ‘black box’ found washed up on a beach is an older type than that used in MH370<p>A flight recorder found washed up on a Somali beach is not from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.<p>The orange, spherical object was found on a beach near the coastal town of Gara’ad …

Airplanes

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

SpaceX successfully landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching it into space early Friday morning. It's the third time the company has recovered the vehicle post-launch, and the second time the rocket has landed intact on the ship. Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it …

Space Travel

SpaceX is going to attempt another ocean landing overnight at a very unusual time — here's how to watch live

Now, SpaceX is preparing for another launch. It'll be their fourth launch this year and they'll be finishing it off with another barge landing attempt.<p>The launch is scheduled to take place in the early morning hours of Friday out of SpaceX's launch site at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 1:21 a.m. EDT. …

Amazon just leased another 20 cargo planes as it continues to beef up its delivery network

The announcement, made through Atlas Air's press office, includes the lease of 20 Boeing 767 freight aircraft and support for crew, maintenance, and insurance.<p>It also gives Amazon the right to buy up to 20% of Atlas Air's common shares, with options to acquire an additional 10% of the shares.<p>The …

Here's what 70 years of US air superiority looks like

On March 5, Airmen from all over the US converged on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona for the 20th annual Heritage Flight, showcasing 70 years of US air superiority.<p>The P-38 Lightnings, P-40 Warhawks, P-47 Thunderbolts, and P-51 Mustangs, that ruled the skies during World War II flew …

Delta is on a plane-shopping spree with 2 giant deals just this week

This comes a day after the Atlanta-based company announced the purchase of 75 Bombardier CS100 airliners.<p>At list prices the 37 jets have a total value of $4.25 billion.<p>But with Airbus looking to fill out its production slots before the next-generation A321neo arrives, Delta is likely to have …