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Watch as F-16s Race Past Glaciers and Icebergs in Greenland

These F16s are performing a low level test using GoPro, and they have produced some amazing footage.

Watch the video as the Fighter Wing Skrydstrup of the Royal Danish Air Force fly past some of the most amazing an extreme scenery on the planet: the icebergs and glaciers of Greenland. The team was in Greenland to practice cold weather operation, and in this video was working on low level training.

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Uncontained engine failure responsible for British Airways 777 Fire

The passengers and crew of this British Airways operated Boeing 777 are lucky to be alive after the aircraft experienced an uncontained and catastrophic engine failure on the takeoff roll.  Luckily the aircraft had not departed the runway yet, and was billowing black smoke from an engine fire on the left engine.  The fire seriously damaged the aircraft on the runway at Las Vegas International Airport.

If the fire had only been moments later, when the aircraft was airborne, the outcome could have been devastating. Quick reactions of the crew allowed those onboard to quickly evacuate the airplane on emergency slides. There were 159 passengers and 13 crew.

The fire shredded the left GE90 engine and sent shrapnel into the main fuselage of the 777-200 initiating fire and smoke. The video below illustrates the seriousness of the situation. Flames can be seen shooting from the fuselage at the roots of the wings near the engines.

The incident occourred on Tuesday September 8.

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‘Impossible’ Stunt strapped to the outside of an Airbus A400M

For Tom Cruise’s next movie, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation, he pulls off a stunt that looks surprisingly real.  That’s because it is real!

Cruise actually was strapped to the fuselage Airbus A400M cargo plane to get this once in a lifetime shot. Only he didn’t do it once, he did it eight times!

Cruise, a certified pilot, was terrified of doing this stunt. He couldn’t sleep the night before, and feared for his life as the aircraft accelerated down the runway into the clear blue sky.   The jumbo, four engine turbo prop circled around to land with him still holding on.

The scene is for the movie Mission Impossible, Rogue Nation, which opens in theatres at the end of the month.

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Remove cat before flight

On June 22, this cat stowaway was found in a wing mid-flight on an ultralight aircraft in French Guiana.

The black and white house cat appears in the cockpit camera (which was luckily on) after about 40 seconds after the airplane takes off and is only noticed by the pilot, chief flight instructor Roland Jantot after about a minute.  The expression on his face as he discovers the feline is priceless.

Janot noticed that something was amiss with the aircraft wing and glanced up at the frame, doing an epic double take.  The courageous and probably very confused feline is found clinging to the metal frame on the inside of the wing.

The cat is doing well and is now the mascot of the flight school Club ULM 16-34 in Kourou, French Guiana.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner near vertical takeoff

In preparation for the Paris Air show, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Vietnam Airlines livelry performed some amazing aerial work, particularly impressive is the near vertical takeoff, shown in this video.

The 787-9 is rehearsing for the Paris air show which is being held this week. It’s unusual for an airliner to perform such a steep climb, but the video displays the 787’s ability to perform a beautiful, aggressive takeoff.

Paris air show 2015 “dream” display is shown here from the Boeing test pilot’s perspective.  The company’s team of test pilot put together an impressive routine that shows off what the 280 passenger, $250 million airplane can really do.

The Paris air show runs from June 15 until Sunday, June 21 at Le Bourget airport.

The 787 used in the performance will join a fleet of 19 787-9 airplanes already in the Vietnam Airways fleet.

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Landing Gear Ripped off when Air Canada Flight 624 hit antenna array

On Sunday, March 29 at 12:30 local time, early in the morning, an Air Canada flight enroute from Toronto, Ontario (CYYZ) to Halifax-Stanfield airport in Nova Scotia crash landed in Halifax (CYHZ).  It hit an antenna array on the runway threshold which ripped off the landing gear. 25 people were injured in the crash. The Airbus A320 133 passengers and 5 crew members.

Image courtesy of Global News
Image courtesy of Global News

The landing gear of the Airbus A320 hit the orange antenna ray, which is part of the airports instrument landing system (ILS) 335 meters (1100 feet) short of the runway as it landed on Sunday morning. It skidded for another 300 meters or so before coming to a stop.

The collision with the antenna caused the main landing gear to rip off and separate from the aircraft. The aircraft then climbed the embankment up to the runway level, skidded on its belly and stopped.

Image Courtesy of Global News
Image Courtesy of Global News

The aircraft, registered CFTAJ was circling the airport for half an hour at 9000 feet before attempting to land, and investigators are investigating if this had in any way contributed to the accident.  Though stormy, the weather was within limits and suitable for a safe landing at the time of the accident.  One of the main questions in the investigation is why the aircraft was in such a low approach.

Image from Business Insider
Image from Business Insider

The  damage to the plane is extensive. The planes nose detached as well as the port side engine, and a wing was severely damaged.  All three landing gear had detached.  The photos show the considerable damage to Flight 624.

It is unbelievable and very lucky that no one was seriously injured in this accident.  Every one on board was fortunate to have survived this crash landing.