Instead of taking off with thunderous jet engines, future airplanes may soar into the air on battery packs, and jettison them like so much ballast once the juice has been drained. Then these batteries could be replaced in flight. Instead of refueling with flying tankers, electric planes would rendezvous with autonomous flying battery-drones.
An aviation history society plans to launch a new search for Amelia Earhart's lost airplane, and it's apparently piqued the interest of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She was set to meet today with historians and scientists from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, which is starting a new search in June, according to the AP.
A Kenyan backyard tinkerer could become his country's version of the Wright brothers next week.
Gabriel Nderitu, an I.T. worker with no background in aviation or engineering, put together a hand-built airplane and is planning a test run above the city of Kitengala.
A Canadian engineering student achieved sustained flight in a human-powered ornithopter for the first time in August, and has just filed a claim for a world record, according to the University of Toronto.
The Snowbird is the first contraption of its kind to allow humans to fly like birds, by flapping massive wings to create lift.
Popular Science has been daydreaming about the flying car for decades. (Seriously, I’ve been to the office. You think an editor is working diligently, and then you glance over his shoulder – and there’s the proof. Dozens of doodles of flying cars.)
Corporate and governmental bad guys are implicated in this documentary about the death of GM's beloved EV1 plug-in
By Eric AdamsPosted 07.10.2006 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
Burt Rutan, the visionary aircraft designer who created the first privately funded manned space vehicle, SpaceShipOne, told me a story recently about his EV1 electric car. He had happily driven the vehicle for years until General Motors decided not only to take it off the market but to take back all the leased vehicles that were on the road. "The day they came to get it, I was on the verge of hiding the thing in a cave," he recalled. "I was going to show them an obliterated, burned-up airplane carcass and say, 'There it is-go ahead and take it!'"