Hal "9000" Bryan
Oct 22 2017

Thanks for sharing this, Julie. I’m a big fan and a friend of Brian’s, and I’ve been happy to see him find a small silver lining in the response to his story. Any iO9 reader that doesn’t have a copy of his “Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?” should buy one immediately. It’s a love letter to retrofuturism Read more

Mar 18 2017

They modified the inside of an airplane to look like an airplane? And why did Cruise say anything about crashing? He’s a pilot - he knows better than that. Flying a zero-G parabola isn’t crashing by any stretch of the imagination.

Jul 7 2015

I have a USB programmable doorbell that will accept just about any .wav file - the TNG chimes are tops on the list, along with the Jetsons’ doorbell.

Aug 26 2014

No slash between "Ring" and "Silent", nor between "Home button" and "Touch ID", and incorrect spacing around the one between "Sleep" and "Wake" - it's not like Apple to make typos like that.

Mar 3 2014

Very similar - the opening scene actually uses footage of two different lifting bodies, both built by Northrop: The M2-F2 and the HL-10. The X-24 came a couple of years later.

Feb 12 2014

Snort is a buddy of mine, and one of the nicest guys you'd ever hope to meet. He's now a principal at Draken International, which manages a fleet of somewhere around 80 privately-owned tactical fighter aircraft on all sorts of intriguing military contracts. Draken also owns the Black Diamond Jet Team, for whom Dale Read more

Feb 6 2014

The headline really should say "...1950s Flight Sim That Taught Cold-War Era Airmen" etc.

Good stuff otherwise.

Dec 10 2013

We have a propeller from the Macon in our EAA AirVenture Museum here in Oshkohs - the size is staggering:

Oct 24 2013

The speed of sound at 36,000 feet is just about 575 knots, or 660 mph, so it would seem like you were close to breaking the "barrier." But, as you pointed out, your ground speed was 650 mph, and the sound barrier is only relevant to airspeed (not ground speed) which was much less - probably around 560 mph. Still, Read more

Sep 10 2013

Sadly fake. The ailerons (what the video calls flaps) are set for a hard *right* bank, yet the glider flies in a shallow left bank - not possible.

Jun 25 2013

The Cri-Cri flown at Paris in 2011 was far from "the world's first all-electric airplane." Several other types had flown much earlier, as far back as the early '70s.

Jun 18 2013

You almost can't talk about British VTOL airliner projects without mentioning the magnificent (and insanely loud, unfortunately) Fairey Rotodyne.