Plane of the Week: Grumman X-29

The Grumman X-29 is not your typical plane. Its unconventional design is like none other, and its testing and development was meant to experiment with a few different aircraft technologies. Developed by Grumman, two were produced and flown by NASA and the U.S. Air Force. Other than the forward sweeping [...]

Was Helios Airways Flight 522 Haunted?

Buckle up readers. This one is creepy and quite sad. Imagine sitting comfortably in your seat during takeoff, everything seems to be going well, then the oxygen masks drop. You’re up high, but the plane is still ascending. No word from the cockpit. Imagine the absolute confusion and terror.  Those [...]

Do You Know How Airplanes Are Fueled?

When you board an airplane, it’s not very likely that you’re thinking about the fuel that (probably) just went into it. Or, if you do, you probably don’t know everything that goes into the process. Unless you work at an airport yourself. I sat down with an airport employee to [...]

Plane of the Week: The Vin Fiz Flyer

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. considers it one of the most significant aviation-related artifacts in their entire collection; it is the Vin Fiz, the peculiarly-named flyer designed by the iconic Wright Brothers.  In 1903, the Wright Brothers designed and successfully flew the first Wright Flyer — [...]

The Resurrection of the Aviation Cocktail

Ahhh… a long flight to an exotic location and a mixed drink. This combination is bliss to some (guilty as charged). I recently discovered a drink that plays to my love of flying: The Aviation Cocktail. Now, read up and fill up. The Aviation Cocktail This mixed drink was invented [...]