I wouldn’t blame you for reading that headline and thinking to yourself, “Well, this guy’s probably overreacting.” I get it — it can’t be that bad, right? I’ll let you make the decision, because my mind’s made up.
If you haven’t noticed from our frequent postings about them, we find odd airplane landings to be completely fascinating. It’s a terrifying kind of thrill, seeing a pilot safely land a plane in spite of inclement weather or faulty equipment, but nothing gets the blood rushing quite like an unplanned landing in the middle of traffic. More →
We’ve seen a bunch of airplane pilots making heart-stopping, death-defying crosswind landings, but that doesn’t make watching similar experiences any less scary, especially if you hate flying. A new video captured over the weekend in Dusseldorf, Germany, shows a huge Airbus A380, which happens to be the world’s largest passenger airliner, making such a landing. More →
Over the past few weeks, we’ve highlighted a number of videos depicting airplanes taking off at breakneck speed and astounding angles. From an F-16 Fighter Jet climbing 15,000 feet in 20 seconds to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that can take off at an almost 90 degree angle, you’ve probably had your fill of takeoffs, for now.
Remember the video of that insane Boeing 777 landing in the middle of a 75MPH windstorm? Well today, on this lazy Friday, we thought we’d flip the script and show you some of the more unique airport runways around the world that typically make for harrowing landings. From the ridiculously dangerous and short runway at the Courchevel Altiport in the French Alps to the famous Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten, you might want to stay grounded for a while after watching these.
Air travel in recent years has become a much more enjoyable experience. Not only are electronics no longer viewed as dangerous devices to be afraid of, but it’s becoming increasingly common to encounter planes with Wi-Fi connectivity and, if you’re lucky, TVs built right into the back of every headrest.
Despite such technological gains, airplane food remains one facet of the flying experience that has seemingly failed to evolve. As it turns out, there is a viable explanation behind the blandness and general ‘meh’ experience that one traditionally associates with eating at 25,000 feet.
A monstrous typhoon hit Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, with winds blowing at speeds of up to 180 miles per hour over the ocean. Once it hit land, the storm turned into a tropical storm, but the wind was still strong enough to be able to lift a giant Boeing 747 off the ground. More →
Travelers who regularly fly from the U.S. to Europe and back should be thrilled to hear that Airbus might be developing a brand new superfast jet that would make the journey from London to New York in just one hour.
That’s much faster than the Concorde jet that needed three and a half hours to travel the same distance. Meanwhile, regular commercial flights need seven to eight hours for the trip. More →
Just a few weeks ago we highlighted an incredible video showcasing a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner taking off at what’s almost a 90 degree angle. But extreme and harrowing takeoffs get pushed to an entirely new level when we’re talking about military grade fighter jets. Built for speed and for air to air combat, the average fighter jet can perform feats that are absolutely mesmerizing and might even dissuade you from air travel for a few weeks.
Earlier this month we highlighted what it looks like from within a cockpit when an F-16 fighter jet takes off at breakneck speed. And now we have even more crazy and stress-inducing footage to show you.
If you thought turbulence can be a scary during flights, then you probably haven’t experienced a windstorm landing. The pilots of a commercial Boeing 777 airplane skillfully landed the aircraft a few days ago in the Netherlands in the middle of these terrifying conditions, facing winds of up to 75 miles per hour in what has been deemed the area’s worst storm in 100 years. More →
One of the most nerve-wracking parts of a flight for many people is takeoff. Once the plane is at cruising altitude, everything’s all right, but until then, you’re completely off-balance and you can’t even open your laptop to distract you from the fact that you’re floating five miles above the planet’s surface in a metal tube.
Sure, it only takes a few minutes, but as you’re about to see, there are jets out there that can do it a lot faster.