Five Flightseeing Tours You Don’t Want to Miss

Do you ever get tired of the same old view from the same old ground? Of Course you do. Just because we were born to have two feet planted on the ground doesn’t mean that we have to limit our perception of the world to a constant 5-foot-8-inch view (or [...]

Santos-Dumont vs The Wright Brothers: Who Really Invented the Airplane?

It's official: the 2016 Summer Olympics are over in Rio. America took away the most medals with a total of 121 (46 gold). Britain followed with a total of 67 medals (27 gold), and China a respectable third with 70 total medals (26 gold). A lot has happened over the [...]

Plane of the Week: Grumman HU-16 Albatross

1 if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by air, 4 if...all of the above. The Albatross is a special plane...or  it's a very special boat (really, it's both). How? Because this craft is not just an aircraft: it's a large twin-radial engine amphibious flying boat. Really. Operational History The Grumman [...]

The Dole Derby: The Tragic Race for Transpacific Infamy

August 17, 1927 marks the end of the Dole Derby--an ill-fated air race Charles Lindbergh’s Orteig Prize-winning, nonstop solo flight across the Atlantic inspired a number of aviators and aviation-enthusiasts to fly their way into history (such as Tailwind’s journey aboard the American Nurse). Lindbergh’s fame particularly inspired Hawaii pineapple [...]

Elon Musk’s next invention is an VTOL supersonic jet!

Elon Musk is no stranger to The Flight Blog. However, amid all of the commotion regarding his involvement in SpaceX, the Hyperloop, Tesla Motors, OpenAI, and the Death Star, we’ve somehow managed to overlook Musk’s subtle plan to change the way we travel by air. Musk has already developed an [...]