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how airplanes are made

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Building a commercial airplane is a monumental task. It takes around 4,000 really smart engineers over 7 years of planning to make one of those flying tubes with countless experts testing and re-testing each individual part (and there are 2.65 million parts in an Airbus A350). This video shows you how they make one. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

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On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology works. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

(Video) Another Wild Wing Wave

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Another wild wing wave, this time from a JAL 787. Are these normal or abnormal? (www.youtube.com) More...

Etihad Airways shows off Airbus A380, complete with suite

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Abu Dhabi-based carrier Etihad Airways showcased the arrival of its first Airbus A380, outfitted with "the only three-room suite in the sky" on Thursday. The airline also showed of its newly arrived Boeing 787 "Dreamliner." (www.usatoday.com) More...

A Day In The Life Of London’s Air Ambulance (video and story)

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Heavy British accents recount spending a day flying with the London helicopter ambulance, funded entirely by charitable donations. (londonist.com) More...

Rare photos of the SR-71 Blackbird show its amazing history

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The SR-71 Blackbird is, without a doubt, the most advanced airplane ever built in relation to the technology available at the time. It broke all aviation records, it flew incredible missions, and it became the stuff of legend. (sploid.gizmodo.com) More...

Airbus Group tests laser-based airspeed sensor system

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Airbus Group has completed successful flight tests on a fiber-optic, eye-safe, laser-based sensor system that delivers accurate airspeed information in the three axis at low and even negative airspeed. (www.verticalmag.com) More...

Brussels A333 near Toulous Hydraulic failure

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A Brussels airline Airbus A333-300 with rego OO-SFN was enroute from Brussels to Ouagadougou at FL370 about 80nm north-east of Toulouse when the aircraft encountered hydraulic failure. The aircraft returned back and landed saftey. http://www.aeroinside.com/item/5084/brussels-a333-near-toulouse-on-dec-19th-2014-hydraulic-failure-rnl (www.aeroinside.com) More...

Three Hawk fighter jets take up residence at Humberside Airport in preparation for new training academy

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Three Hawk fighter jets have taken up residence at Humberside Airport in preparation for the new £5 million training academy. The jets will give students the opportunity to learn first hand what a career working for BAE Systems alongside the Royal Air Force will be like. Read more: http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/Hawk-fighter-jets-residence-Humberside-Airport/story-25738562-detail/story.html#ixzz3MOzl9PKz Follow us: @GrimsbyTel on Twitter | grimsbytel on Facebook (www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk) More...