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Ever wondered how an ejection seat works, or how to ride a hot air balloon? This section explores modern jet mechanics and aircraft operations and components.

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How Blimps Work

Blimps combine the simple buoyancy of a hot air balloon with the technology of an airplane. Learn all about these lighter-than-air vehicles.


The Drone Quiz

 The Drone Quiz

These tiny flying machines are everywhere — even carrying packages, pizzas and weapons. Test your knowledge of drones with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Test Your Knowledge: Airports Quiz

 Test Your Knowledge: Airports Quiz

Airports are the weird in-between places where humans wander during their journeys. How much do you know about the world's airports? See more »

Flying High: The Aircraft Quiz

 Flying High: The Aircraft Quiz

How much do you know about aircraft? Test your knowledge with this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do drone pilots train on video games?

 Do drone pilots train on video games?

Drone pilots have to learn to fly drones somehow. Find out if drone pilots train using video games at HowStuffWorks. See more »

What's the world's fastest UAV?

 What's the world's fastest UAV?

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's an unmanned aerial vehicle traveling faster than the speed of sound! Learn about the world's fastest UAV. See more »

How Drones Work

 How Drones Work

Drones are now an ever-present part of our world. Learn more about drones at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Why do you have to turn your phone on at airport security?

 Why do you have to turn your phone on at airport security?

There are a lot of stipulations for air travel nowadays. Learn why the TSA requires that you turn your phone on at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Skywriting Works

 How Skywriting Works

Writing a message in the sky requires a steady everything. Find out how skywriting pilots execute these aerial messages at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Should black box data be stored in the cloud?

 Should black box data be stored in the cloud?

Does the black box need a 21st-century update? And, if so, is cloud storage for black box data a good solution? Find out at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

10 Unsolved Airplane Mysteries

 10 Unsolved Airplane Mysteries

Since 1948, more than 100 aircraft have gone missing while aloft and never been found. Here are 10 unsolved airline mysteries from HowStuffWorks. See more »