Using only the sun’s energy, this plane might just fly on and on forever

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 24 March 2015

A significant milestone in the field of aviation has arrived. Taking off on March 9, two Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are ready to break a record for being the first to fly around the world, propelled only by the power of light.

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This plane froze on the tarmac, so the passengers moved it with a giant push

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in News on Thursday 27 November 2014

Want to get from A to B this holiday season? You might have to push the plane on the tarmac! This story comes from Igarka airport, just above the Arctic Circle, where the plane carrying 70 passengers actually froze to the ground. It’s believed the wrong kind of grease was used for the landing gear, […]

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Welcome on board to a flight filled with sumo wrestlers

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 11 August 2014

When you hear of some flights being fully packed, it is quite unlikely that sumo wrestlers would come to mind. But apparently, they do fly. And in packs too. Recently, 29 of them from the historic sumo neighborhood of Ryogoku in Tokyo boarded a plane to Okinoshima in Shimana Prefecture of Japan for some heavy workouts with their trainers on the rural island.

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This guy converted a retired Boeing 727 into a comfortable home

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Architecture on Wednesday 11 June 2014

Unlike most people, a house is not a home for Bruce Cambell. He would rather live in a Boeing 727 surrounded by woods, thank you very much. So he purchased a retired Boeing 727 for about US$220,000 and install it in a suburban wooded area outside Portland, Oregon of USA.

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Solar Impulse: Glider plane runs on solar power

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 3 May 2013

Bertrand Piccard, who hails from a lineage of record-breaking explorers (his gramps was the inspiration for Professor Calculus in the Tintin comics while his dad went seven miles deep down into the Pacific Ocean), assembled a 80-strong team of engineers and technicians who have emerged with the Solar Impulse, a majestic solar-powered glider that weighs […]

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Art series about a mid-flight engine failure

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Art on Friday 26 October 2012

Michael Massaia is a fine art photographer and print maker who focuses on documenting isolation, disconnectedness and the ordinary. Borrowed Time is a series that focuses on the emotional steps a passenger would take during a mid flight engine failure: horror, relief, freedom. Apparently the series was produced without the use of Photoshop or digital […]

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Phillip Kalantzis-Cope’s On The Plane series

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By Tamsyn in New Photography on Wednesday 7 December 2011

For many of us the act of traveling by air — whilst not a daily activity — is now a regular part of our lives. Whether it be for pleasure or business, this very unnatural experience of being transported from country to country, or even continent-to-continent, at speeds of many hundreds of miles and hour, has become an accepted part of our social life.

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