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Adrenaline Lab: Wing Walks 1,000 Feet High
Riding atop a plane 1,000 feet in the air and traveling at 100 mph, Ashley fearlessly walks the wings while the aircraft rolls, soars, and dives over San Francisco Bay.
Aerobraking
Watch this video about aerobraking on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment is exploring the function of aerobraking and how this helps reduce costs and create more room in aircraft. Learn how aerobraking works in this video from NASA Dest
Air Traffic Control
From the archives of Discovery: Without air traffic control, accidents would plague airports. Learn more about aviation and air traffic control in this video.
Air Traffic Control 2
From the archives of Discovery: Without air traffic control, accidents would plague airports. Learn more about aviation and air traffic control n this video.
Air Traffic Control 3
From the archives of Discovery: Without air traffic control, accidents would plague airports. Learn more about aviation and air traffic control.
Air Traffic Controllers
From the archives of Discovery: Terminal Radar Approach Control -- or TRACON -- operators oversee airline traffic as planes depart and arrive on the runway. Learn more about TRACON in this video.
Air Traffic Controllers 2
From the archives of Discovery: To avoid an accident, TRACON operators must consistently track the location of each airplane at regular intervals. Learn more about TRACON and aviation here in this video.
Air Traffic Controllers 3
From the archives of Discovery: To avoid an accident, TRACON operators must consistently track the location of each airplane at regular intervals. Learn more about TRACON and aviation here in this video.
Aircraft Landing Dynamics Facility
Watch this video about the Aircraft Landing Dynamics Facility on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment explains how new tire tread designs and road surfaces are tested at the Aircraft Landing Dynamics Facility. Learn how the Aircraft Landi
Airplane Boarding Challenge
Watch this video courtesy of Duke University showing students develop an improved method for efficiently boarding an airplane. The students took into account family travelers, aisle width and other factors that typically delay boarding.
American Chopper: PJD's Perspective
As fabrication begins on Paul Jr. Designs' aviation-inspired bike, Vinnie and Paulie respond to public comments by Senior and Jesse about the three-way build-off.
Assignment Discovery: Aircraft Navigation
Navigation systems for airplanes determine the plane's position, course and distance traveled. Learn more about airplane navigation systems on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."
Assignment Discovery: Supersonics
Supersonic speed is faster than the speed of sound. Learn more about supersonic speed and modern airplanes on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."
Battle Science: Camouflage on Airplanes
On TLC's "Battle Science," learn how camouflage on airplanes was utilized in World War II.
Battle Science: Creation of the SR 71 Blackbird
On The Learning Channel's "Battle Science," learn how the SR-71 Blackbird was created.
Battle Science: Jet Camouflage
On TLC's "Battle Science," learn how camouflage work for jets.
Best Evidence: Chemical Contrail Researchers
Research is being conducted in order to study the possibility of chemicals in jet plane contrails. Hear what the believers have to say about it on Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence."
Best Evidence: Contrail Analysis and Health
On Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence," learn about the possible health risks that some experts believe are caused by chemtrails from jets.
Best Evidence: Contrail Patterns
Air traffic in the United States has increased dramatically. On Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence," activists discuss how they believe there's more to the story when it comes to the amounts and variety of contrail patterns.
Best Evidence: Cooling Chemtrails
Geoengineering theory says that aluminum oxide could be injected into the atmosphere to deflect sunlight and cool the climate. On Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence," activists argue that this theory is already in practice by the government.
Best Evidence: Geoengineering Chemtrails
Geoengineering is the artificial manipulation of the Earth's environment. Activists believe the government is trying to control global warming by injecting aluminum oxide into the atmosphere. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence."
Best Evidence: Jet Fuel Testing
On Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence," jet fuel is tested for toxins that could be turning contrails into chemtrails.
Best Evidence: Jet Plane Contrails
Jet planes fly through the atmosphere and produce hot exhaust that then condenses into ice crystals, which linger in the sky. Some people believe these contrails contain toxic chemicals. Learn more on Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence."
Cabin Safety Training
From the archives of Discovery: Aviation students and future airline employees receive instructions on cabin safety. Learn more about safety training.
Combat Tech: Bomber Planes
In the midst of battle during World War I, the bomber plane emerges as the "go-to" vehicle for weapons transportation. See how continuous evolution helped to bring down Hitler's army.
Combat Tech: The Andros F6A
Bomb Disposal Experts are quickly losing lives in a war zone, when the Andros F6A Robot arrives just in time to save them.
Combat Tech: The B-29 Plane
Bomber planes have historically transformed warfare, and the B-29 plane was just the right bomber to end the war in China.
Combat Tech: The Bomber Plane Emerges
Moving forward with the times and combat needs, modern technology finally meets the bomber plane in the form of a remote control.
Combat Tech: The Harrier
Capable of taking off and landing in a vertical position, "The Harrier" became important to US military air support. Find out how the U.S. Marine Corps advanced this historical plane.
Combat Tech: The Kestrel
The Kestrel plane's unique name derived from the Kestrel bird that attacks creators on the ground and hovers. Take a look at this clip to see why this plane is unique.
Crash Simulator
From the archives of Discovery: Aviation students train for crashes ahead of time by using crash simulators. Learn more about crash simulators.
Creating a giant telescope mirror
In an airplane hangar in Columbus, OH, some 80 tons of steel, electronics, and cryogenic equipment are about to come together -- all to deposit one ounce of aluminum as a near-perfect, whisper-thin coating on a giant telescope mirror.
Discovery News: Tech: Flying Car Takes Off
A new flying car has made its first successful trip down the runway.
Dog.Friend.Hero.: Dog Helps Stop Plane Crashes
Meet a dog who loves her job - moving geese and other birds away from areas heavy with air traffic. She helps prevent potential crashes, saving many human and avian lives in the process.
Evacuation Simulation
From the archives of Discovery: Watch as these students learn the correct evacuation methods used to rescue passengers from damaged aircraft. Learn more about evacuation simulations.
Evacuation Simulation
From the archives of Discovery: Watch as these students learn the correct evacuation methods used to rescue passengers from damaged aircraft. Learn more about evacuation simulations.
Exterior of Flight Simulator
From the archives of Discovery: The exterior of a flight simulator rests on a network of mechanisms that cause the simulator cockpit to move as though it is flying. Learn more about flight simulators.
Exterior of Flight Simulator 2
From the archives of Discovery: The exterior of a flight simulator rests on a network of mechanisms that cause the simulator cockpit to move as though it is flying. Learn more about flight simulators.
Flight Simulation
From the archives of Discovery: Flight simulations realistically mimic actual flying conditions. Learn more about flight simulation.
Flight Simulator
This is how a Civilian comercial Aircraft Flight simulator works and recreates the actual dnamics of the plane
Flight Simulator Instrument Panel
From the archives of Discovery: Catch a close-up look at the instrumentation used in a flight simulator. Learn more about aviation and flight simulation in this video.
Flight Simulator Instruments
From the archives of Discovery: The instrument panel on a flight simulator is designed to realistically mimic the instruments on an actual airplane. Learn more about flight simulation.
Flight Simulator Lesson
From the archives of Discovery: Watch as a pilot instructor teaches this aviation student, using a flight simulator. Learn more about aviation and flight simulation.
Flight Simulator Lesson 2
From the archives of Discovery: Watch as a pilot instructor teaches this aviation student some basic steering techniques. Learn more about aviation and flight simulation.
Flight Simulator Pilots
From the archives of Discovery: These pilots-in-training learn the ropes of aviation in this flight simulator. Learn more about pilots and flight simulators.
Flight Simulator Pilots 2
From the archives of Discovery: These pilots-in-training learn the ropes of aviation in this flight simulator. Learn more about pilots and flight simulators.
Flight Simulator Preflight Procedures
From the archives of Discovery: Before taking a flight, aviation students must conduct the preflight protocols, even in a flight simulator. Learn about flight simulation.
Flight Simulator Takeoff
From the archives of Discovery: Before operating an airplane, aviation students must successfully execute takeoff procedures in a flight simulator. Learn more about flight simulation.
Flying Heavy Metal: Episode 2
Bruce re-lives the experience of a night landing, with only a flare path to guide him.
Flying Heavy Metal: Episode 4
In this clip, Bruce takes you through the first production digital fly-by-wire airplane.
Flying Heavy Metal: Jet Race 1
join Bruce as he explores a time when prop planes ruled the air.
Flying Heavy Metal: Jet Race 4
Britain shocked the world when it developed the Comet, the first jet airliner.
Flying Heavy Metal: Jet Race 5
In this clip, Bruce is taken on as a recruit in the U.S. Airforce's 100th Bomb Group.
Flying Heavy Metal: Jet Set 1
Cruising in a Cadillac through the Mojave Desert, Bruce explores the wonders of the 707.
Flying Heavy Metal: Jet Set 2
In this video, Bruce examines a major problem of the 707 -- it needed a runway three kilometers long to land.
Flying Heavy Metal: Jet Set 3
Bruce explains the primary problem of the 707 -- it needed a runway three kilometers long to land.
Flying Heavy Metal: Size Matters
Check out the Jumbo -- a plane so big that just the air inside it weighed one ton.
Flying Wild Alaska: A Good Deed
Era Alaska pilot Ben Pederson accepts a task as a favor to a competing airline company.
Flying Wild Alaska: A Pilot's Gift
Era Alaska pilot Yuri Ivanoff is a model pilot for a motivational pilot training program started by Jim Tweto to help native Alaskan youth.
Flying Wild Alaska: Air Marshall Ariel
Jim's daughter Ariel Tweto loves her ground crew duties but she's got a lot to learn before she gets her wings.
Flying Wild Alaska: Ariel Takes to the Skies
Ariel Tweto takes advantage of an opportunity with John Ponts to try and apply her new knowledge in the pilot seat.
Flying Wild Alaska: Caustic Cargo
With wet weather all across the Barrow, Alaska region, pilot Luke Hickerson must take extra precautions while transporting highly caustic water filtration chemicals.
Flying Wild Alaska: Dodging Mountains
Jim Tweto navigates the mountains of the treacherous Alaska Range that have claimed many planes and many lives.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 11
Because she loves her family so much, Ariel tells us that working with them is like having your best friends around all the time.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 15
As John Ponts prepares to leave the remote Kavik River Camp, the camp's supervisor Susan Aikens talks about her rugged lifestyle, including bear attacks.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 16
Jim Tweto rescues a pair of rafters stranded up the Unakleet River after their raft is torn open on river rocks.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 17
Former professional skateboarder John Ponts joins Ariel Tweto for a little riding fun during a brief layover.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 18
Jim Tweto and Jesse Cummings roam the skies over the Alaskan wilderness looking for new hunting landing strips.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 19
Jim Tweto inspects construction on the Bethel maintenance hangar but he comes away less than happy.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 20
To help business prosper, Jim is spending one million dollars on a new hangar, but the construction is behind schedule.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 21
New solo pilot John Koeppen has passed his final tests and now he's ready for the traditional initiation ceremony.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 22
Era pilot Phillip Sampson fights against strong winds to transport a teacher back to a nearby school so classes can resume.
Flying Wild Alaska: Episode 23
In Nome, pilot Doug "Hollywood" Stewart takes advantage of the stiff head winds to partake in his favorite pastime: hang gliding.
Flying Wild Alaska: Fog Terror
Pilot John Ponts runs into a fog bank over the desolate North Slope that makes his hunting party passengers pray for blue sky.
Flying Wild Alaska: Hunting Party Drop
Jim Tweto pilots his favorite Cessna into the wild Alaskan tundra for an off-airport landing with a party of hunters.
Flying Wild Alaska: Moose Tracks
Moose guide Bruce Werba and Era Alaska pilot Dan Sailors set off into the Alaskan tundra to see how the moose population is doing.
Flying Wild Alaska: Neck Breaker
Jim Tweto remembers a crash landing on a wilderness ridge that almost cost him his life.
Flying Wild Alaska: The Saddest Flight
When the tragedy of teen suicide strikes a remote village, the Twetos offer their planes to help the family.
Flying Wild Alaska: Tomorrow Island
Two Era Alaska pilots push their limits to land vital vaccines on Alaska's most treacherous runway, only two miles from the Russian border.
Flying Wild Alaska: Welcome To Unalakleet
One of Alaska's most remote towns is home to Jim Tweto and the hub for ERA Alaska Airlines, the state's largest regional air service.
Flying Wild Alaska: Yesterday's Crash
Low on fuel, Jim is forced to make an emergency landing on a remote air strip where a plane recently crashed.
Greatest Ever: A Practical Helicopter
At #2, this helicopter is designed to be a practical mode of transport for individual use. Check out this video to learn more about the world's greatest helicopters.
Greatest Ever: The Aircrane
Coming in at #10, check out the sports car of heavy lift helicopters.
Greatest Ever: The Chinook Helicopter
Ship cargo in a hurry with the greatest transport helicopter ever, coming in at #8.
Greatest Ever: The Helicopter Everyone Knows
At #7, this helicopter has stood the test of time. Check out this video to learn more about the world's greatest helicopters.
Greatest Ever: The Highest Flying Helicopter
Coming in at #9 is the world's highest-flying helicopter, which literally reached new heights in design.
Greatest Ever: The Lynx Helicopter
At #5, this helicopter is known as the Ferrari of the sky, and it has changed the way operators use aircraft in battle conditions. Check out this video to learn more about the world's greatest helicopters.
Greatest Ever: The Most Powerful Helicopter
Coming in at #4 is a true giant of the sky -- the largest and most powerful helicopter ever made. Check out this video to learn more about the world's greatest helicopters.
Greatest Ever: The World's Deadliest Helicopter
Coming in at #3, the world's deadliest helicopter packs a surprisingly powerful punch. Check out this video to learn more about the world's greatest helicopters.
Helios Solar Plane
Watch this video about Helios on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment is describing NASA's new Helios aircraft that is remotely piloted to fly at high altitudes for months at a time. The segment explains how the Helios is a type of satell
How C-130s Are Built
The C-130 is one of the largest and most powerful cargo planes in the world. Find out how such a mammoth aircraft works in this HowStuffWorks video.
How It's Made: Flight Simulator
A flight simulator must be able to take a pilot through any series of flight simulations - from bad weather to landing on unpaved runways. Find out how a flight simulator is made.
How much fuel does an international airplane use?
A Boeing 747 uses approximately one gallon of fuel per second -- over the course of a ten hour flight, it might burn 36,00 galloons of fuel. How does this compare to a car? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about airplane mileage.
How UPS Airlines Works
UPS is able to deliver so many packages because it has the fourth largest airline fleet in the U.S. See how UPS Airlines works in this HowStuffWorks video.
HowStuffWorks Show: Episode 6: Aluminum Wings
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "HowStuffWorks" show, find out why aluminum is the ideal metal for making airplane wings.
HowStuffWorks Show: Episode 6: Making of Aluminum Wings
On Discovery Channel's "HowStuffWorks" show, take a tour of an Alcoa plant to find out how aluminum is made into airplane wings.
Hyper-X Program
Watch this video about Hyper-X on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment is exploring NASA's Hyper-X program that is working on experimental engine designs that could propel commercial planes into space and make conventional rockets a thing
Hyperspeed: Hyperspeeed on Water
If being in the water slows you down, then rise out of the water. In this clip from Discovery Channel's "Hyperspeed," discover the principles behind a hydroplane. A hydroplane is one of the fastest boats on Earth.
Hyperspeed: World's Fastest Aircraft
Travel faster than the speed of sound on the revolutionary NASA X-43. This aircraft travels at hypersonic speeds topping at about 10,000 km/hour. Learn more about the world's fastest aircraft on Discovery Channel's "Hyperspeed."
I Shouldn't Be Alive: Jaws of Death
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "I Shouldn't Be Alive," a conservationist must face the perils of the desert with severely injured legs after his plane crashes on an African plain,.
Ice Pilots: Alex Lands A DC-4
New pilot Alex Wagner is put to the test by Arnie Schreder as he attempts to land a massive four engine DC-4.
Ice Pilots: Audrey Takes To The Sky
Audrey gets an opportunity to impress the boss, as she takes to the sky under the watchful eye of "Buffalo" Joe McBryan.
Ice Pilots: Burst Tyre
In brutal conditions of bitter wind and cold, engineer James Dwojak and Scott Blue fight against the elements to replace a burst tyre on the C-46.
Ice Pilots: Engine Down
With one engine down and bad weather conditions at Yellowknife, AJ and Scott find themselves in an emergency situation as they approach to land.
Ice Pilots: Mikey Under Pressure
With just 35 minutes to convert a freight airplane into a passenger airplane, Mikey finds himself under pressure from his father, "Buffalo" Joe.
Icing Research Tunnel
Watch this video about the icing research tunnel on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment explains how the icing research tunnel is helping engineers combat icing on aircraft. Learn how the icing research tunnel works in this video from NA
Interior of Flight Simulator
From the archives of Discovery: The interior in a flight simulator is virtually identical to the interior of an aircraft. Learn more about flight simulation.
Interior of Flight Simulator
From the archives of Discovery: The interior a flight simulator is designed to realistically mimic the interior of an actual airplane. Learn more about flight simulation.
Interior of Flight Simulator 2
From the archives of Discovery: The interior a flight simulator is designed to realistically mimic the interior of an actual airplane. Learn more about flight simulation.
Interior of Flight Simulator 3
From the archives of Discovery: The interior a flight simulator is designed to realistically mimic the interior of an actual airplane. Learn more about flight simulation.
It's All Geek to Me: Saving Battery Power on a Laptop
New York Times tech writer David Pogue gives tricks on how to prolong your battery life on an airplane. Learn more on The Science Channel's "It's All Geek to Me."
Jet Enter 1
In this video segment from the Discovery archives, learn more about the Naval Air Station Pensacola, a military flight training school in Florida.
Jet Enter 2
Find out what it takes to become a U.S. Naval aviator -- and who decides what you fly -- in this video from the archives of Discovery.
Jet Exterior 1
Pilots and maintenance crews must do a lot of preflight checking in order to ensure safety. Learn more about jet safety in this video from Discovery's archives.
Jet Exterior 2
Learn more about the F-16 Fighting Falcon, a former U.S. military jet, in this video from Discovery's archives.
Largest Passenger Aircraft in the U.S.
Watch this video about airplanes on HowStuffWorks. With passenger traffic expected to nearly triple over the next 20 years, the Airbus A380 will be the largest passenger aircraft on the market. It was designed through a collaborative process with airline
Life Preserver Training
From the archives of Discovery: Watch as these airline students learn how to wear and operate an emergency life preserver. Learn more about life preservers and airline safety.
Man vs Wild: Parachuting in the Mountains
When parachuting in the mountains, you need to be safe. The air is much thinner so you will fall much faster. Bear Grylls shows how it's done with this clip from Discovery Channel's "Man vs. Wild."
Metal Rubber
Watch this video about metal rubber on HowStuffWorks. Metal rubber is a material that can stretch many times its length and has numerous commercial and industrial applications. Learn about making airplanes out of this metal rubber in this video from Scien
Morphing Aircraft
Watch this video about aircraft and airplanes on HowStuffWorks. NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment exploring morphing technology and how it can change the future of aircraft. Learn how the future or aircraft will work in this video from NASA Destination To
MythBusters: A Dropped Pot
Jamie explains the idea behind the myth that dropping a heavy pot on burning C4 will cause an explosion.
MythBusters: Blue Ice Aftershow
Why wasn't "real toilet matter" used in the "Blue Ice" experiment? How impressed -- or not -- was NASA with the MythBusters' results? Kari, Grant and Tory take you behind the scenes.
MythBusters: Buster Speaks
What would happen if a taxicab drove behind a commercial airliner as it was preparing to take off? The MythBusters attempt to answer that question and receive spectacular results.
MythBusters: Crash Landing
The MythBusters try to land a commercial airplane in a NASA simulator.
MythBusters: Duct-Tape Plane Aftershow
Did you find this test particularly dangerous? Kari, Grant and Tory address your concerns, revisit their favorite duct-tape myths and reveal THE ONE myth they'd like to retest.
MythBusters: Flock Formation Aftershow
Was this myth TERRIFYING? Did Grant get sick? Why test the conga line formation? Will commercial planes ever fly in a V? Kari, Grant and Tory answer these questions and more.
MythBusters: Hindenburg
In this clip from Discovery Channel's "MythBusters," the team attempts to determine the actual cause of the Hindenburg disaster.
MythBusters: Ultra light Flights
How feasible was MacGyver's bamboo plane? The MythBusters examine and test MacGyver's design and take to the skies to uncover the truth.
NASA Explains Sonic Booms
Watch this video about on HowStuffWorks. Fourth segment of episode 20 contains the How It Works segment which describes NASA research on sonic booms. The Sonic Booms segment describe the research underway aimed at making super sonic over land flight possi
NASA Explains Wind Tunnels
Watch this video about wind tunnels on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment is describing wind tunnels and how aircraft designers use them to understand airflow. Learn how wind tunnels work in this video from NASA Destination Tomorrow.
NASA Flight Simulators
Watch this video about flight simulators work on HowStuffWorks. In this NASA Destination Tomorrow segment, see how NASA uses flight simulators to assist in engineering aircraft.
NASA Helps Prevent Airplane Accidents
Watch this video about the Single Aircraft Accident Prevention Project on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow Segment is highlighting systems including the Single Aircraft Accident Prevention Project (SAP) that will help reduce aircraft accident
NASA Helps to Battle Forest Fires
Watch this NASA video to see California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger discuss some of the NASA AMES Research Center's newest technologies and how they're helping fight wildfires raging in California. Watch this remote controlled airplane fly.
NASA on Vertical Spin Tunnels
Watch this video about the Vertical Spin Tunnel on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow segment is describing the development of the Vertical Spin Tunnel, designed by NACA engineers to study the flight conditions of an aircraft in spin. Learn how
NextWorld Lifts: Space Plane
Check out the latest technologies of style and comfort that will bring you into the space age in this video from Discovery Channel's "NextWorld" series.
NextWorld Lifts: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
The future of aviation is the innovation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). On the battlefield and in domestic search-and-rescue operations, these planes could fundamentally change the process of flight.
Penn & Teller Tell A Lie: Wing Walker Match Light
Is it possible to light a match while walking on the wing of an airplane in flight?
Pilot Preparing
From the archives of Discovery: Pilots must do a lot of preflight checking in order to ensure safety. Learn more about jet safety in this video.
Pilots Use GPS
Watch this video about how pilots use GPS. This is the second segment of NASA Sci Files "The Case of the Technical Knockout" explaining how pilots use GPS and the other uses for GPS. See how GPS works in this video from NASA.
Preparing the Flight Simulator
From the archives of Discovery: Before conducting flight simulations, the flight simulator must be prepared for action. Learn more about flight simulation.
Record-Breaking Aircraft Engine from GE
Watch this video about aircraft engines on HowStuffWorks. Japan Airlines was one of the first companies to receive GE's record-breaking aircraft engines and they are changing the way we all fly the friendly skies. See how airplane engines work in this vid
Science of Star Wars: Highwire Concept Car
Watch this highwire concept car run on hydrogen fuel. This vehicle seats drivers like they are in an airplane, hand grips control speed, braking and acceleration. Learn more in this clip from The Science Channel's "Science of Star Wars" series.
Science of Star Wars: Skycar
The Skycar is a high performance airplane. Learn more about this plane that can go 300 miles per hour on The Science Channel's "Science of Star Wars."
Science of Star Wars: The Blackbird Spy Plane
See how the Blackbird has remained the fastest airplane in the world to this day. The plane represents a breakthrough in stealth design. Over 1000 missiles have been shot at it, but none has hit it. Learn more in this video from the Science Channel.
Shooting Stars: Fly By Night
Three celebrity teams compete in the 'Fly By Night' challenge which involves hitting 10 explosives on a remote control airplane. Unlike the regular clay targets traveling at 30 mph, the airplane will be traveling at 80 mph. Who will win this round?
Simulator Controls
From the archives of Discovery: The controls in a flight simulator are virtually identical to the controls in an aircraft. Learn more about flight simulation.
Simulator Controls 2
From the archives of Discovery: The controls in a flight simulator are virtually identical to the controls in an aircraft. Learn more about flight simulation.
Simulator Flight
From the archives of Discovery: During a simulated flight, aviation students must constantly monitor instruments and readings as though they were flying an actual aircraft. Learn more about aviation and flight simulation.
Simulator Flight 2
From the archives of Discovery: In this simulation, the aviation students approach the virtual runway to make a successful landing. Learn more about flight simulation.
Simulator Landing
From the archives of Discovery: During this simulated landing, an aviation student pays careful attention to the instruments and readings. Learn more about flight simulation and aviation.
Simulator Landing 2
From the archives of Discovery: During this simulated landing, an aviation student pays careful attention to the instruments and readings. Learn more about flight simulation and aviation.
Speed Freaks: Air Racing Safety
The Discovery Turbo series "Speed Freaks" takes a close look at the safety precautions involved with air racing.
Speed Freaks: Air Racing Strategy
Discovery Turbo's "Speed Freaks" looks into the strategy involved in racing planes.
Speed Freaks: Death Defying Flyers
Discovery Turbo's "Speed Freaks" remembers nearly a dozen pilots have lost their lives in the early seventies.
Speed Freaks: John Sharp the King of Speed
Discovery Turbo's "Speed Freaks" meets the king of speed in the world of formula one air racing, John Sharp.
Speed Freaks: Meet Jackie Cochran
Discovery Turbo's "Speed Freaks" meets Jackie Cochron who changed air racing for women in the 1930's.
Speed Freaks: Meet Jimmy DooLittle
Few race pilots have tempted fate more than Jimmy Doolittle. Learn more in this video from Discovery Turbo's "Speed Freaks."
Speed Freaks: Meet Scott Crossfield
Discovery Turbo's "Speed Freaks" meets Scott Crossfield, a legend in the realm of high speed flight.
Speed Freaks: Sport Class Airplanes
The Discovery Turbo series "Speed Freaks" looks at the new sport class of planes to compete in air racing.
Strange Plane: Rocket Jet Assistance
During WWII, Germany experimented with putting rockets in airplanes to shorten the time it took for them to get off the ground. Learn more about this technology development in the Discovery Channel series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Airplanes in the Military
Wilbert Wright took a cameraman aboard who shot the first moving pictures in flight. The military seemed very interested in this technology. Learn more on the Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Airships
In the era of the great airships, these giants provided areas to service, refuel and launch airplanes. Outstanding examples were Akron and Macon. Learn more about this with Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: B-36 Peacemaker Missions
On Discovery Channel's "Weekend Wings," learn about the missions of the B-36 Peacemaker and why it was required to put sleeping quarters inside the plane for its crew.
Strange Planes: Bell X13
The main focus of the Bell X13 experiment by the U.S. Air Force was reaction controls for jet aircraft. Learn more in this video from Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Blimps and Battleships
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," learn about blimps and battleships, two warfare machines that have been left behind.
Strange Planes: Bomber Plane
Learn more about the massive XF85 bomber airplane and its history in this video from Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Catapult Planes
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," discover how normal planes become airborne off a short boat deck.
Strange Planes: Curtis X19 Airplane
Four exaggeration propellers mounted the Curtis Wright X19 airplane, but this plane had difficulties from the beginning. Learn more in this clip from Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Early Seaplanes
Learn how the early seaplanes were utilized as a valuable naval tool on Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Fans in Wings
In an effort to make airplanes more like helicopters for level flight, scientists experimented with fans in wings. Learn more in this clip from Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: First Military Airplane
See how one Italian Lieutenant made use of the airplane by surveying Turkish forces. This marked the first time an airplane was used exclusively for military purposes. Learn more on Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Flying Boats and Rockets
Flying boats gained significant success after given rocket assisted take-off. Learn more about this technology with Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," series.
Strange Planes: Halted Prodcution of the XF85
Only two XF85 airplanes were built, despite an extreme demand. Learn why as the Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes" explains the XF85 airplane's history.
Strange Planes: Hooks and Rubber Runways
The military experimented with every idea to cut down on runway time. They even thought of hooks to catch the plane and rubber runways.
Strange Planes: Jet Lift
After several failed experiments with fans and propellers, the military decided to test out jet proportion to get an airplane off the ground more like a helicopter. Learn more about this technology in Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Launching Seaplanes
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," watch and learn about the early methods used for launching seaplanes.
Strange Planes: Luna Lander
The military experimented with creating an airplane with controlled action jets, which would enable the plane to take off and hover like a helicopter. Learn more in this clip from Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Military Airships
While airships had a fantastical type charm to them, as the years went by engineers very slowly realized they were totally unnecessary. Learn more about airships on Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Operational Parasite Planes
Several parasitic airplanes were developed for the military, although their success was limited. Learn more in the Discovery Channel series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Origin of the Modern Catapult
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," learn about the origin of the modern aircraft catapult and how its inception is tied to the early discoveries of the Wright Brothers.
Strange Planes: OS2U Kingfisher
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," learn about the features and the many uses of the OS2U Kingfisher aircraft.
Strange Planes: Pegasus Engine
The Pegasus airplane had a breakthrough engine that helped the plane's shape and capability be more like a helicopter. Learn more with this clip from Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Photgraphic Drones
These unmanned aircraft took pictures of the enemy without putting pilots in harm's way. Learn more about drones in the Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Rocket Assisted Takeoff
A rocket assisted takeoff shortened the ascent for airplanes, but obviously added dangers for the pilot. Learn more in Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Space Shuttle Early History
Learn about the early history and trials of the space shuttle in this video from the Discovery Channel series "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: The Bell X 22A
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," learn about the Bell X-22A, a prototype aircraft that had a ducted fan system that allowed it to liftoff like a helicopter.
Strange Planes: The Custer Channelwing
On Discovery Channel's "Weekday Wings," learn about the Custer Channelwing a prototype pusher aircraft that utilized a curved surface duct to channel air from the leading edge of the wing and into the pusher propellers at the rear.
Strange Planes: The First Catapults
As the aircraft became more advanced, it was clear that newer methods for launching them at sea had to be made. Learn about the early attempts at making an aircraft catapult on Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: The First Rockets
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," learn about the first rockets that were made in the 1920s and the famous German V-1 Flying Bomb.
Strange Planes: The Goblin Disaster
During testing of the parasite airplane, the Goblin, the pilot crashed into the trapeze, resulting in an emergency landing. Learn more about this dangerous operation with Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: The Steam Catapult
On Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes," learn about steam catapults and how they are critical in helping jets take off from an aircraft carrier.
Strange Planes: Tilting Ducts
Tilting ducts were part of the evolution of moving parts in airplanes. They were used to make planes more like a helicopter and lift off the ground. Learn more about this technology in Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: X1 Breaking Barriers
The X1 rocket powered airplane was the first to break the sound barrier. Learn more about how Chuck Yeager broke through what was believed to be impossible. Watch it all on Discovery Channel's "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: X2 Plane Speed Record
The X2 airplane was built to explore speeds and altitudes that were once considered impossible for a plane. Learn how the X2 broke records and changed airplane technology on the Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: XC142 Plane
The XC142 was a big plane with four engines and four propellers. The XC142 was commissioned for use by the military, but production was later terminated. Learn more in Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: XF85 With Parasite
The Discovery Channel series, "Strange Planes," looks at the history of the XF85 airplane and its parasite test flight. The stability and control characteristics were described as "entirely unsatisfactory". Learn more.
Strange Planes: XFY Pogo Plane
The XFY pogo plane was a plane that stood straight up like a rocket. It was designed to hover vertically in the air like a helicopter. Learn more about its design on the Discovery Channel series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: XV3 Airplane
After WWII the U.S. government wanted airplanes that moved more like a helicopter, straight up off the ground. The XV3 airplane worked from this theory. Learn more about its history in Discovery Channel's series, "Strange Planes."
Strange Planes: Zero Lift Launch System
The zero lift launch system was basically a design to shoot planes off of any surface, not just runways. Learn why this airplane technology failed in the Discovery Channel series, "Strange Planes."
Sword Swallowing #1 by Dan Meyer
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Tech: NASA's Puffin
Engineers from the NASA Langley Research Center unveiled plans to build a personal flying machine that would run on a set of electric motors. Jorge Ribas reports on the aptly named Puffin, which is still in the early stages of development.
The Evolution of Aviation
Watch this video about NACA on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow segment is exploring the predecessor to NASA. The segment explains how NACA played a huge role in the development of aircraft and aeronautical research and development. Learn how
The Ultimate Guide: Birds of Prey: Airbase Bird Problem
Airbases throughout the world have a problem with birds. Just one bird flying into the engine could cause a disaster. On Discovery Channel's "The Ultimate Guide: Birds of Prey," watch how peregrines are used to prevent incidents.
Time Warp: Skydive
Teardrops are perfectly aerodynamic; cubes aren't. A simple change in body position makes all the difference between skydiving and ... just falling.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Airplanes
Check out this clip for a closer look at the airplanes build-off.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Funny Moments
Check out this clip for a closer look at the build-off cast having some unexpectedly funny moments.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Hill Climber
Check out this clip for a closer look at the hill climber build-off.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Ready Check
Check out this clip for a closer look at the build-off ready check.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Sunday Drive
Check out this clip for a closer look at the Sunday drive build-off.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Super Cars
Check out this clip for a closer look at the super cars build-off.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Tandem Cars
Check out this clip for a closer look at the tandem cars build-off.
Ultimate Car Build-Off: Wheelie Cars
Check out this clip for a closer look at the wheelie cars build-off.
Understanding Shorts: Taylor Aerocar
On TLC's "Understanding" series, we learn about the ambitious Taylor Aerocar. One prototype and four models of this flying car were built in 1947. Fifty years later, one is still flying.
Weekday Wings: Fan Jet Engine
In the early 1960s, the invention of the fan jet engine made commercial flying more economical. Learn more about the fan jet engine on Discovery Channel's "Weekday Wings."
Weekday Wings: Radial Powered Fighters
On Discovery Channel's "Weekday Wings," learn how and why the radial powered engine replaced the traditional pusher engines in aircrafts and in submarines during World War I.
Weekday Wings: The Beechcraft Starship
On Discovery Channel's "Weekday Wings," learn about the Beechcraft Starship, a pusher plane that personifies a niche market of intriguing executive aircraft construction.
What is the future of air travel?
It seems that the price of airline tickets keeps increasing, and numerous analysts have made gloomy predictions about the future of air travel. But why? Tune in as Ben explores the obstacles facing aircraft of the future.
What the Ancients Knew: The Invention of Steel
The Science Channel's series, "What the Ancients Knew," explores the development of steel and how it was used in ancient civilizations and now in modern times.
What Will Aircraft Be Like in the Future
Watch this video about aircraft revolution on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow segment is exploring the transition of aircraft design through the years. The segment describes what aircraft may look like in the future. Learn how aircraft revol
Wired NextFest: Helios
On The Science Channel's "Wired NextFest," learn about Helios and how it will innovate wireless communication.
World War II NACA Fighter Pilots
Watch this video about NACA fighter pilots on HowStuffWorks. This NASA Destination Tomorrow segment is explaining how NACA Langley's pioneering drag cleanup work saved the lives of American pilots and others around the world, and shortened the length of W
World War II: Airplanes 1
From the Archives of Discovery: Watch this historical footage of airplanes during World War II. Learn more about airplanes in this video.
World War II: Airplanes 2
From the Archives of Discovery: Watch this historical footage of airplanes during World War II. Learn more about airplanes in this video.