While we’re tempted to complain when dealing with the inconveniences of air travel, the fact is, getting around used to be so much worse. Bright Side looks back at the early days of commercial flight, and some of its many downsides, from zero climate control, to constant refueling stops, to far more turbulent flying.
Back in the 1950s, a new method of transportation was in development. The Fairey Rotodyne looked like the offspring of a helicopter and an airplane, and could take off and land vertically. But fast as it appeared, the Rotodyne vanished. Mustard takes a look at this unique aircraft, and why it never got off the ground.
There are thousands of videos out there showing how to make a potato cannon. But this clip from The Backyard Scientist shows how to use one to launch a glider. Working with his pal Joe – with a nod to the guys at FliteTest – they work out the most balanced and airworthy glider design.
While jet engines do have the ability to reverse their thrust to slow down, or even taxi backwards, it’s not possible for an airplane to do the same in the sky. Bright Side provides a layperson’s explanation of the physics and safety issues that prevent this from happening.
A duo of Porsches takes to one of world’s best roads – Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, and DJI was on hand to capture the action with their Mavic 2 Pro drone, FPV system, and Osmo Action camera. Whether you’re into cars, cinematography, technology, or travel, there’s a little something for everyone in this brief clip. BTS here.
Drone pilot Shaggy FPV shows off just what kind of amazing photography can be produced with today’s technology as he flies perilously close to rocks and trees in a quest to capture incredible imagery of the Kjelfossen waterfall in Norway. He used ReelSteady GO software to help smooth out the final footage.
UAV flyer Mactac takes us on a beautiful and majestic ride through craggy rocks, tall trees, steep cliffs, and waterfalls in this buttery-smooth first-person flight. The nature sounds and soundtrack really help bring it all together. Original through-the-goggles recording here.
Every day of the year, thousands of flights safely take to the skies around the globe. Focusing in on a popular route between London Heathrow and Frankfurt am Main airports, Wendover Productions explains the sheer complexity of coordinating the flight of a jumbo jet, as it moves between different air traffic control centers.
To celebrate 50 years in business, airplane manufacturer Airbus took to the skies with a series of six of its jumbo jets, flying them side by side for a spectacle rarely seen with anything but small planes. Along for the ride were aa A220, A320, A330, A350 XWB, A380, and the ginormous BelugaXL airlifter.
No, you’re not looking at actual 4K aerial footage here – this is in-engine imagery from the next-generation version of Microsoft’s famed Flight Simulator. The game uses satellite data, along with Azure AI tech to power its incredibly realistic flying. Coming to Xbox in 2020.
YouTuber Omegoolibird shows off what is said to be the fastest first-person view RC plane. The customized Vasamodel Fusion can hit speeds up to 265 mph thanks to its 2650 KV electric motor, which can spin at speeds up to 35,000 RPM. It sounds like an angry swarm of bees.
Daredevil flyer Jeb Corliss pays tribute to base jumper Uli Emanuele by attempting to fly some of the incredibly magnificent and dangerous flight paths his late friend was famous for. A truly immersive 360º experience you’ll want to watch in fullscreen or on a VR headset.
Builder Tom Stanton attached a long vertical LED light bar to his drone, and managed to fly it horizontally to capture some cool long-exposure images. His design is based on Ivan Miranda’s light bar, but you might be able to pull off something similar with a Pixelstick.
Gursk3 recently took his first hang glider flight. However, something went horribly wrong, and his safety harness wasn’t connected. Through a sheer feat of arm strength and will, he managed to hang on and survive the 2+ minute flight with relatively minor injuries.
Loft: The Jetman Story is a documentary that features Jetman flying wing inventor Yves Rossy and his proteges Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen. The film sees them flying over the fjords of Norway and telling the story of their journey towards autonomous human flight.
LEGO fan and maker Adam Woodworth has supersized yet another model. This time he took the basic LEGO helicopter from the International Jetport kit and made a gigantic version that actually can fly. He had to use foam instead of plastic bricks to pull off such magic.
Gravity Industries is manufacturing a limited number of its jet suits. Powered by five engines mounted on the arms and the back, the suit lets the wearer go up to 32mph for up to 5 minutes at a time. Nine suits will be sold by Selfridges in London for about $450,000 each.
The cloudy white lines that aircraft sometimes leave behind in their wake are commonly known as chemical trails, or chemtrails. But they’re technically called contrails, short for condensation trails. As Reactions points out, that’s because they’re mostly made of water.
It’s a flight that takes about 11 hours, but thanks to time-lapse video and British Airlines captain Dave Wallsworth, you can experience the transcontinental wonder of flying from London Heathrow airport to San Francisco International Airport in 0.006 of the time.