When you think of how an airplane might look in 30 years, do you think of an alien-looking sleek metal spacecraft? Not necessarily. Clip-Air – an ingenious project of Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne – is working to make traveling easy, less frustrating and much more environmentally friendly. And in the process, it will revolutionize the way we think of air transport.
You’ve got to love humanity for always pushing the envelope on creativity. A team of design students from Brazil recently swept the top awards at a UNESCO-supported aviation competition for their innovative concept of introducing buoyancy to luggage at airports — in other words, floating all that baggage in the air.
This is life, not fiction: when civil engineer David Phillips discovered that a particular brand of pudding had a promotion that awarded 500 miles for every 10 product bar codes, he decided to stock up on the pudding — about 12,150 cups, to be exact — and earn a million air miles next. We repeat: […]
Wow, wow, wow. Singaporean photographer Milton Tan usually deals with subject matters like high fashion models, but after accidentally capturing airplane lights streaking across the frame one night, he decided to make a time-lapse short film dedicated to planes flying at night. The action really gets majestic midway through the short with these almost celestial […]
For a year, transport planner Michael Markieta traced more than 58,000 flight paths that cross the globe. He used GIS technology to do this, and the result is rather visually stunning: illuminated maps of these routes. Philosopher Mark Vernon said to BBC News, “You wonder what’s going on in the darker parts, what kind of […]
Earlier this year, comedian Kurt Braunohler ran a Kickstarter appeal to “hire a man in a plane to write stupid things with clouds in the sky”. He raised $6,820 out of the $4,000 he asked for. The result is this beautiful skywritten piece of work. Enjoy.
Copenhagen-based creative and interaction designer Andrew Spitz’s loci is a pretty cool 3D-printed sculpture made out of flight data. Through custom software, the user can connect to Tripit or Foursquare, import his past flight data, and then select specific flights worth remembering, such as flights taken for a honeymoon or a gap year. Each loci […]
Window seat or isle seat? It’s a very important question when you fly. Everyone has a very particular preference And here’s on reason why: window seats have in incredible view. Maybe you’re an aisle seat person and have never experienced the spectacular view. In that case, please, do yourself a favor and take a look at […]
Flat pod-like beds, mood lights overhead and a swanky bar with Swarovski crystal accents bathing in red light — logic dictates that the setting shouldn’t be onboard a place, but it is, in fact, Virgin Atlantic’s overhauled Upper Class Suites. Looks like a happy place.
We know very little about artist P. Williams besides that he’s American. And that he likes planes: happy planes; flying planes. His latest series, called Cluster F*** sees dynamic colour explosions paired with fluffy clouds and almost smiling planes.
Photographer John Schabel’s latest book is a collection of photographs taken between 1994 and 1996 entitled Passengers. Shot with a 35 mm Nikon film camera and a telephoto lens, taking these same photographs today would most likely land you in jail. Since airport security has increased after 9/11, attempting to photograph planes at an airport […]
This incredible rubber band-powered plane files for more than 60 minutes. Yes. It’s really hard to believe until one actually sees them fly. They are constructed using micro films, hollow balsa, and ultra thin tungsten wire. The entire process is very delicate and time consuming. They are steered using helium balloons. Fun? We agree.
This “innovative” attempt at reducing fatigue on long flights was the future of flight back in 1949. The design was meant to help air force pilots withstand the stress of a strong gravitational pull which would minimize blackouts. The caption of the photograph reads: ‘United States Air Force pilots are finding it much safer and […]
The Convair B-58 Hustler was the USA’s most sexually frustrated atomic bomber. Designed for speed and height, it was a beautiful thing sporting an innovative delta-wing and lines that still appeal today. It’s a great looking jet, even with a half-its-size bomb strapped to its underside. But just a few years after its introduction in […]
Would you jump on a plane to go to a place where you could, er, stay on a plane? It’s not a trick question. The Jumbo Hostel, a Boeing 747 jetliner converted to a 72-guest hostel, is open for business, and it’s parked outside Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. Enough said. We’re flying there immediately.