Authorities believe a 16 year old boy found dead last month on a Milton, MA street fell out of the wheel well of an aircraft.
Last month, the suburb of Milton, MA, was horrified when the mutilated body of a teenager was found in the road. The body lacked identification, but was eventually found to be that of Delvonte Tisdale, age 16, from Charlotte, NC. The mystery of how he got there when he had been seen the night before in his bedroom seems to have been solved: authorities now believe he stowed away in the wheel well of an aircraft from Charlotte to Boston, and fell out as the airplane approached Logan airport. [more inside]
This list of commercial airliner bombings
appears in the Ask a Rocket Scientist
section of Aerospaceweb.org
. It presents a comprehensive and descriptive catalog of 86 bombings and attempted bombings since 1933, 54 of which resulted in fatalities, and offers some information that might be relevant to the question of airline security
from The New Yorker’s
archives (1938 - present).
The SR-71 Blackbird
reconnaissance aircraft was designed to cruise at speeds in excess of Mach 3. But what's the slowest
speed attainable by an airborne Blackbird?
“It’s weird. You only see this type of stuff in movies. Just as long as we're here, I'm sure there are other things somewhere." In the past couple of months, strange blue lights have been appearing over towns across the USA: Anaheim
, College Station
, and outside of Washington DC
. Many UFO buffs and conspiracy theorists believe this to be a part of an alien agenda to force the US Government to disclose alien existence
, or perhaps a plot by NASA to overthrow all the world's religions
. [more inside]
"Gee, Mrs. Cleaver
, your kitchen always looks so clean. Why, thank you, Eddie. My mother says it looks as though you never do any work in here." U.S. television and film actress Barbara Billingsley
, mother of Theodore 'Beaver' and Wally Cleaver on the television series 'Leave It to Beaver
,' has died
. [more inside]
The 727 that Vanished.
Interesting article that recounts a mystery still unsolved. Prev, from 2003.
Flying 101. Kulula Airlines
is a South African airlines with a great sense of humor. Yeah, I thought it was a hoax, too. It's not.
Airplanes used for other stuff
What happens to old airplanes? They often end up as restaurants
or even boats
. [more inside]
, the latest from Christoph Niemann's Abstract City. [more inside]
We've discussed it before
but why not take a look at So You're Going To Fly
, a 1939 Popular Mechanics article aimed at first-time flyers.
“There is one line in ‘Zero Hour!’ where a stewardess says, completely seriously, ‘The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner,’ ” Mr. Abrahams said. “That was the essence of the movie. We just repeated the line. We didn’t have to change a thing.”
(known in Australia as Flying High!
) turns 30 [more inside]
"Reading 'Our tribute to a brave little boy,' you will also find 65 cents in nickels and dimes melded to the plaque."
Some mismatched bricks on an unremarkable building in Park Slope and a plaque in a hospital are the clues to an astonishing story of two airplanes, a mid-air crash, and a little boy traveling alone. [more inside]
Time-lapse assembly video
of Southwest Airlines' newest specialty jet, Florida One.
Solar takes to the skies.
The Solar Impulse
took flight today, reaching an altitude of 5500 feet over 87 minutes.With a wingspan of over 60 meters
, close to that of a Boeing 747, it weighs about as much as a small car. Its 12,000 solar cells generate power for the 40hp engine, with an average speed of 70 kph (44 mph). The team will continue testing the prototype, including a 36 hour overnight flight, before constructing an even lighter
, more powerful
, more stable
plane, with the goal of flying around the world in 2012, traveling both during both the day and at night, without fuel.
How airplanes are repossessed. The rule is ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell—just get our airplane back.
"Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?" Veteran actor Peter Graves
--who was the star of the original Mission Impossible
TV series, most famously (for some of us) played Capt. Oveur in Airplane!
, and was the Emmy-winning host of Biography--has died
of natural causes. He was 83.
Online SR-71A Flight Manual.
Included in sr-71.org's
excellent Blackbird Archive
is a scanned copy of the actual "Dash-1" flight manual
for the famous SR-71A reconnaissance plane. [more inside]
A runway that intersects with a major road.
A short runway that begins and ends with cliffs over the ocean.
All in all, the most ridiculous runways
you will ever touch down on. [more inside]
Early in the days of exploration of Antarctica
, Australian geologist Douglas Mawson
turned down an invitation to join Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova Expedition
in 1910 (Cool Antarctica previously
). Instead, Mawson lead his own expedition, the Australasian Antarctic Expedition
(December 1911 to December 1913), an expedition to chart the 2000-mile coastline directly south of Australia, one of the least-visited parts of the continent throughout the early years of Antarctic exploration. The group's efforts and activities are well documented
, and many remnants of the expedition remain on Antarctica. The conservation of Mawson's Huts
is now an ongoing effort from Association of Australasian Palaeontologists
(AAP) Mawson's Huts Foundation
. While most efforts were focused on the recovery and treatment of artifacts inside the main hut, the group also searched for the Vickers
that was modified to become an "air tractor", or motorized sledge. The remains of the plane were last seen in 1975. Now the plane has been found
, thanks to an exceptionally low tide and a bit of luck. [more inside]
21st Century Jet: The Building of the 777 (part 1 of 5)
In the early 90's, Boeing decided to build a new airplane, the 777. They also decided to allow KCTS Television and Channel Four London to film the design, construction, and testing of the new airliner. This 5-hour documentary, first aired in 1996, is no longer shown on TV, and out of print on VHS, but you can now watch it on Google Videos. [more inside]
Nothing to Hide.
Air New Zealand has introduced new ads
and an in-flight safety video
which uses body-painted uniforms
to ... get your attention. SFW due to strategically placed drink carts, seatbelts and camera angles.
"On Jan. 15, 2009, a few Canadian geese with bad timing became snarge, a steely pilot became a hero, and the world became fascinated with images of a jet splashing into the Hudson River and then floating calmly as passengers crowded its wings.
But until now, few people have seen the equally surprising pictures of the second half of this story: when a salvage team used the biggest floating crane on the East Coast to pluck the ill-fated Airbus A320 from the frigid water
The sky is a really big place, right? So how did a Boeing 737 and a Legacy 600 private jet manage to collide head-on at 37,000 feet over the Amazon jungle in Brazil? William Langewiesche's detailed analysis of the 2006 crash
--which killed all 154 aboard the 737--provides some answers. [more inside]
The Hudson River plane landing was reconstructed by SceneSystems.
Known as Black Box
in the UK, Survival in the Sky
was a four-episode 1996 series about commercial aviation accidents and the investigation of their causes. (Two additional episodes were filmed in 1998.) Not currently available on DVD, five of the six episodes are available in their entirety on YouTube (links within). [more inside]
Ray Parer & J C McIntosh; The Flying Wreck.
In 1919 six teams
entered an Air Race
from England to Australia
, but only two teams finished. The winning team finished in 28 days, while the second team didn't even get started until the race was already over, but they didn't let that stop them
. Ray Parer
and John McIntosh
in their de Havilland DH9
airplane deviated considerably from their intended course
, suffered many mechanical problems, had 7 crash landings, and took 237 days to finish
. But they sure did have an adventure. [more inside]
Not only will SAFEE
ensure 9/11 never happens again,
but it will also catch unruly passengers.
Imagine you're a pilot trying to control a jet when your skull has been smashed with a hammer and your co-workers are trying to subdue a madman with a speargun
. [more inside]
Remember when air travel was viewed as glamorous and exciting? Of course you don't. So check out this collection of vintage flight attendant photos: Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
7 Means of Movement: Flying
From "Come Fly With Me" to "Waitress In The Sky," Locust St. impresses us with all things aeronautical
I now know
what to do in case I ever got stuck on an airplane that's not going anywhere- organize and stage a revolt, like the passengers of Continental flight 1669.
The Online Paper Airplane Museum
. Hundreds and hundreds of designs. Also check out The Paperang
, which bills itself as "The Best Paper Airplane System In The World."
This simple hack
actually only crashes the in-flight entertainment
system (perhaps this one
?), but that's already enough to cause concern
with the kind of people who comment anonymously
on a blog
for "security executives
I'm certain that this vulnerability (like this vulnerability
) will be taken seriously.