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Get Out And Push

These people really wanted to get home for the holiday!
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Nov 26, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight

Death by Ejection Seat


You know how in cartoons and comedy movies, a person will accidentally employ an ejection seat and go for a thrill ride through the air, only to land safely...?

Not what really happens.

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Aug 22, 2014 | Comments (13)
Category: Accidents, Death, Flight, 1980's

Catch Us If You Can

Proof that you do not need video games as flight simulators to encourage hijacking.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Flight, Children, 1940's


Kids these days, with their miraculous untethered toy helicopters! How could they ever know the true joy of a helicopter at the end of a rod?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 10, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Flight, Toys, Advertising, 1970's

A Bath with a View

A predecessor to our famous fellow who attached his lawn chair to balloons.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 10, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Flight, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1930's

Now!  Fly Like a Bird!


Responsible for more broken necks than any other comicbook ad!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 04, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Flight, Comics, Children, 1950's

Flying Bike

More info here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 14, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Bicycles and Other Human-powered Vehicles, Flight, Inventions, Europe

Big Lavatory Concept

Researchers at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences put on their thinking caps and came up with a revolutionary idea. They call it the "Big Lavatory Concept" or BigLavC for short. Their idea is to take existing airplane toilets and make them jumbo sized, so they'll be easier for overweight and disabled people to use. []

I'm all for bigger toilets, but since there's a limited amount of space in an airplane, if you make the bathroom twice the size, won't that mean you'll end up with fewer bathrooms overall? And thus longer lines for the loo?

But of course, I'm being naive. These big bathrooms will probably only be for first-class passengers. And to make room for them they'll get rid of the economy-class toilets entirely and just hand out buckets.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Apr 11, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Bathrooms, Flight, Air Travel and Airlines

Flatulence On A Plane

There was a study done about flatulence in airliners. This study found that passengers should let fly to avoid gastrointestinal distress. Pilots, on the other hand should hold back so as not to endanger the flight by incapacitating the copilot with the smell. I guess the pilot and copilot also better stay in the cockpit then to avoid the passengers' free floating flatulence!
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Feb 15, 2013 | Comments (8)
Category: Flight
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