The Weird Reason Why So Many Turtles Are Delaying Flights at JFK

Remember when dozens of mating turtles shut down a whole runaway at JFK International Airport in 2009? It was only the start of a turtle invasion that has vexed travelers and perplexed biologists for years. But we may have figured out why turtles are all over the tarmac, and it has to do with raccoons. » 7/08/14 1:00am 7/08/14 1:00am

Multi-Winged Planes Are Aviation History's Most Amazing Failures

Aircraft makers tried a lot of different designs before settling on the two-winged planes and jets we're familiar with today. Inventors toyed with the idea of a multi-winged aircraft — often fashioned from incredibly complicated structures — before discarding it. Here are some of their most amazing failures. » 12/17/13 4:22pm 12/17/13 4:22pm

Surviving a plane crash is more common than you probably realize

Planes are very safe, and chances are you've been told as much. "You're more likely to die on your drive to the airport than you are in the sky," and all that. But do you know why planes are so safe? It's not just because plane crashes are rare (though they most definitely are). It's also because even if you do find… » 11/13/12 6:40am 11/13/12 6:40am

Scientists explain how to prevent one of the most common airplane…

US Airways flight 1549 was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River because it was disabled after hitting a flock of Canada geese. Bird strikes cost the aviation industry more than $1.2 billion every year, and a large number of those are due to Canada geese. The problem is that birds react to a very… » 7/13/12 6:20am 7/13/12 6:20am

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: coming soon to a sky near you

The last decade of global conflict has seen the dawning of the age of the robot plane. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have been around for decades, but today they're ubiquitous war machines with unmatched endurance and lethal combat capabilities. Find out more about these increasingly high-tech pilotless aircraft. » 1/17/12 2:00pm 1/17/12 2:00pm

Silent scenes from the airplane graveyards of the American Southwest

The dry climate of the southwest United States is a popular spot for airplane boneyards. When airlines need to stow away planes or lay them to rest, they will ship planes out to aviation boneyards in states like California and Arizona. And sometimes, photographers brave security patrols and barbed-wire fences to… » 10/23/11 2:00pm 10/23/11 2:00pm