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Flying 150,000 Miles Over 64 Days Without Landing

In 1959, Bob Timm and John Wayne Cook took off from the Las Vegas airport in a Cessna 172 for the longest airplane flight of their lives. Or anyone’s life! They stayed aloft for for 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes, a record that has never been broken. They remained in the general area [...]

Skyaking

Skydiving too mundane for you? Try this one instead: skyaking, where you deliberately throw yourself off an airplane in a kayak. Personally, I’m waiting for the extreme sport of skycanoeing to be invented: Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] [...]

World’s Largest Paper Airplane

What? Why wasn’t I informed that the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, created a giant 45-foot paper airplane … and flew it! [YouTube Clip] The giant paper airplane, named "Arturo’s Desert Eagle," was [...]

Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types

The following article is reprinted from The Annals of Improbable Research. by David L. Dickinson, Dept. of Economics, Appalachian State University, and Todd McElroy, Dept. of Psychology, Appalachian State University People differ in their diurnal (time of day) preferences: some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which [...]

Airline Food Just Got Awesome… Sorta

The last time I had an actual meal on an airplane, it was almost certainly a frozen Banquet turkey and dressing dinner in a different package. That doesn’t mean the novelty of eating inside an airplane has worn off, though. I’m currently planning a trip to Zurich just to eat an “in-flight” meal at Runway [...]

US Military Tosses Kittens Out of Airplane

Photos have surfaced that allegedly show the US military tossing kittens out of an airplane. When Gen. G. Rover Barkly was asked about the photos he said, “We wanted to find out if a cat really does always land on its feet. The upside is that if they don’t make it the first time, we [...]

Cockpit Panoramas

Cockpit Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet CRJ700 in Cologne Put yourself in an airplane cockpit! What kind of airplane? That’s your choice, as there are 14 cockpits to select from, from a helicopter to a bombardier (shown here), models from all over the world! Take a look all around in the 360-degree panoramas to get a feel [...]

Fun with TSA

Bringing much needed levity to the stressed out airplane passenger is this website, Fun with TSA. The website suggests a few things that you, the downtrodden traveler, can do to stick it to the man and have a bit of fun. For example: Be the person on your flight to suddenly shout out “Marco!” during that [...]

Airplane! as a Drama

(Video Link) Airplane! — the 1980 Zucker brothers comedy about a midair jetliner disaster — is a remake of the 1957 thriller Zero Hour! Simon Hollington and Kypros Kyprianou ripped all of the jokes and gags out of Airplane! and turned it back into a drama. via Ace of Spades HQ | Editors’ Website

The Airplane Helmet Kissing Scene in Iron Man 2 Explained

What’s up with the airplane helmet kissing scene in Iron Man 2 ads? You know, where Tony Stark asked Pepper for a kiss and she kissed his helmet instead? Well, this Alternate Opening scene should explain the reason why (and it ain’t pretty): Link [embedded YouTube clip]