A Detachable Airplane Cabin and Other Strange Aviation Ideas

Modern commercial aviation is incredibly safe. Despite several high-profile disasters, including the deliberately crashed Germanwings plane, the bombed Russian charter jet and the caught-on-video Taiwanese take-off accident, 2015 saw an accident rate of one in 5 million flights, according to aviation industry analyst Flightglobal. If you exclude the premeditated crashes, the Aviation Safety Network would call it the safest year for aviation on record.

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This Is How The Pentagon Knows Its Combat Aircraft Can Withstand A Blizzard

While the East Coast turns into a less-than-wonderful winter wonderland, the Department of Defense can rest assured that even their most advanced and finicky aircraft left out in the cold will be just fine. This piece of mind comes from testing done at the U.S. Air Force’s one-of-a-kind torture chamber: the McKinley Climatic Lab.

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Sundance’s VR Films Will Break Your Brain

If this year’s Sundance Film Festival is any indication, virtual reality is about to hit the mainstream. Under a program called New Frontier, the festival is promoting eleven independently produced VR films on a smartphone app. The finalists have been chosen from hundreds of entries, and among them are some short documentaries, horrifying acid trips, and even a Reggie Watt music video.

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