Tag Archive: aviation

Scottish Air Traffic Control

Another stab at the Scots by Saturday Night Live.



Destin of SmarterEveryDay got to take a ride-along in a Thunderbird. They’d planned on doing a 9 G maneuver, but he had to tap out after 7.2 G’s rattled his inner ears.


Pic of the Day – 5/22/20

Meet Piper, the airport bird dog. He’s gone on to dog heaven, but you can watch his story here.

Aircraft Marshaling Like a BOSS

This officer is busting some crazy moves at Toronto Airport!

Pic of the Day – 12/17/18

Aerial photos from the cockpit of a Boeing 747 taken by “The Flying Dutchman” aka JPC Van Heijst.

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Destin of SmarterEveryDay graduated from Advanced Helo Underwater Egress Training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and went back for a refresher course in getting out of a sinking helicopter.

When airplanes crash on water, they tend to float on their wings and stay upright. Helicopters, on the other hand, are extremely top-heavy, so when they hit the water, they immediately flip over and sink like rocks. Training gets the crew over their profound disorientation and out safely.


We regularly crash passenger cars to test their overall safety and design vulnerabilities with the help of high-speed cameras, high technology, and sophisticated crash-test dummies. But we’d NEVER before done that with a full-size passenger aircraft. Until an international team of elite test pilots set out to do just that.

The trick was crashing the plane lightly enough that it didn’t erupt into a fireball (which would have destroyed all their data), but heavily enough to make it break violently apart. The other trick was getting the pilots out of the plane before it crashed. Bonus tidbit: For a few moments, the plane officially became the world’s largest remote-controlled aircraft.

This fascinating documentary details four years of extensive planning and outfitting of the aircraft with hundreds of sensors and state-of-the-art crash dummies, and explains the rationale for the experiment. FYI- The remains of the plane can be seen on Google maps at 32.501293,-115.396698.

On April 7th, 1994, Federal Express Flight 705, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 cargo jet, was carrying electronics equipment across the United States from Memphis, Tennessee to San Jose, California, when an attempted hijacking took place.

In this compilation you’ll see hard landings in extreme weather conditions, landing an airplane on water, a plane emergency hard landing in the forest when the engine stalled, landing a plane on the most dangerous airports in the world, and many more spectacular landings:

Destin of SmarterEveryDay caught a sparrow that had gotten in the house, but before he let it fly away, he managed to get the slo-mo camera going.

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