Tag Archives: Airplanes

Why Flying is Awful

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Using a typical 1,000-square-foot apartment as an illustrative baseline, the Washington Post has this interesting article on why commercial flying is such a horrible experience.

Of course there’s an easy solution to this: Just fly business or first class. Done.


Lost and Found Airplanes of New York City

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Artist Harry Everett Smith had a curious hobby of collecting random paper airplanes that he found in New York City.

Smith was “always, always, always looking” for new airplanes, one friend said: “He would run out in front of the cabs to get them, you know, before they got run over. I remember one time we saw one in the air and he was just running everywhere trying to figure out where it was going to be. He was just, like, out of his mind, completely. He couldn’t believe that he’d seen one. Someone, I guess, shot it from an upstairs building.”

I once launched a light balsa wood plane from the rooftop of a building in Soho. The way it floated and circled down is etched into my memory. It’s a wonder it didn’t hit anybody and in retrospect this wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. Nonetheless it really was something to see.

Woman First to Fly with Just Her Feet

Jessica Cox, 25, missing her arms due to a birth defect became to first person to pilot a plane using just her feet.

That’s quite a “feat.”


Holy Cow! Biplane Hits Cow! Srsly!

This isn’t a joke. Watch around the 40 second clip.

The cow should have moooooooved.

Busy Airport by Ryu, Ho-Yeol

I love this.

From the The 4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale at the Seoul Museum of Art.


Paper Airplane Contest

On November 1, 2008, the New York Hall of Science in Queens, New York will be hosting a paper airplane contest. OH HELLS YES.

The following categories will be judged:

  • Distance flown (measured in a straight line from start point to finish point)
  • Duration aloft (measured from time released to time it lands on any surface)
  • Beauty (subjective measurement based on judges’ assessment of both the plane’s physical qualities and the beauty of the flight itself; this category does not depend on distance flown or duration aloft)
  • Spectacular Failure (subjective measurement based on the audience’s assessment of both the plane’s physical qualities and the most spectacular crashes)
  • Children’s division (competition for participants under ages 13)
  • Surprise category

More rules and details here. Don’t ask: No, your radio controlled F-18 model airplane will not qualify.


Main Checklist for Landing a 747

If you ever think you may have to land a 747 then you might want to print out this checklist that will guide you through the steps, starting with this important first item:

1. Get on the radio, and tell whoever’s listening that you are landing a 747.

Read rest here.