A Boeing 777 jet departing Frankfurt, Germany.

The lab where aging aircraft are dissected for science — and safety


At the Aging Aircraft Lab, planes are taken apart piece by piece to learn more about the ravages of time on various aircraft designs — from cracking, to corrosion, to metal fatigue.

The US Marine Corps C-130 Hercules named "Fat Albert," assigned to the US Navy “Blue Angels” flight demonstration team, uses Jet Assisted Take Off bottles during the 2005 Blue Angel Homecoming show.

A Marine pilot breaks the gender barrier in one of the world’s most elite squadrons

A Chinese J-11 fighter jet is seen flying near a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon about 215 km (135 miles) east of China's Hainan Island in this U.S. Department of Defense handout photo taken August 19, 2014.

US and Chinese warplanes risk a mid-air collision — and an international incident

Peter Chong holds a smartphone displaying a picture of himself with missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 captain Zaharie Shah.

Details emerge about the pilot and co-pilot of Malaysia’s missing flight

Conflict & Justice
Pilots stand in the shade of the wing of a DC-3 in the hamlet of Miraflores in the Colombian jungle.

Ancient DC-3s deliver hope in Colombia, and seat belts are optional


This blue airplane is actually quite green — and perhaps it’s the future


NASA’s research goes far beyond putting astronauts into space. In fact, this aircraft design is an example of NASA’s research into aircraft design in an effort to make commercial planes a bit easier on the ears — and the Earth.

Civilian companies eye big potential for domestic drone use


Unmanned aerial vehicles have become popular tools in America’s wars, but that technology is working its way back stateside. Already, there are a few domestic uses of drones, mostly by law enforcement and the military. But manufacturers have much bigger ideas in mind.

VIDEO: Advanced Israeli drone, capable of reaching Iran, crashes west of Jerusalem

Israel is employing a growing fleet of drones to monitor its adversaries and to have should the country ever again be threatened militarily. But one of their newest and most advanced versions crashed over the weekend, just weeks before it was expected to be declared operational.

VIDEO: Iran displays what it says is a captured, top secret U.S. drone

Global Politics

An American unmanned aerial vehicle was lost over Iran recently, and Iranian officials say it was a top secret RQ-170. They displayed what they said was the drone on state TV recently.

Hurricanes and oil prices


How hurricanes affect oil prices — which recently dropped to a five-month low — and what we can look forward to in the coming weeks.