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Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

Spock meets NASA’s Enterprise for final flight

NASA this week has delivered the next of several shuttles from their now-complete program, this most recent perhaps being the most famous in its name and history: The Space Shuttle Enterprise. This particular shuttle was never actually flown into space, instead reserved for test missions vital to the success of the NASA shuttle program. This shuttle was named after the popular 1960's Star Trek Original Series ship, the Starship Enterprise, and was greeted at its birth and here at its final resting place by no less than Mr Spock himself!

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Armchair aviators get ultimate sim kit

Armchair aviators get ultimate sim kit

Microsoft among others have offered flight simulators for the PC for years, but it doesn’t come anywhere close to the real thing. If you’re serious about a genuine flight experience without breaking into a cockpit mid-flight, you could always drop a couple of thousand dollars on the JetMax-737 Flight Sim Console Kit.

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Microsoft Flight now available on Steam for free

Microsoft Flight now available on Steam for free

Digital delivery systems, Steam in particular, seems to be the center of the PC gaming ecosystem. Want a new release? Just head on over to Steam, and you’re a few clicks away from downloading the game, easily and legally. The hottest new arrival on the Steam store is Microsoft Flight, and to celebrate the launch, Microsoft is releasing new downloadable content for the game, as well as three new planes to fly.

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45-foot long paper airplane glides over Arizona desert

45-foot long paper airplane glides over Arizona desert

If you were anything like us, you probably liked to waste time at school making paper airplanes, sending them flying through the air to hit designated targets around the room. Or maybe not, because we were fairly terrible at making them. Guess who isn’t terrible at making paper airplanes? Aeronautical engineers. Turns out one group designed and built one just a little bigger than what we’re used to seeing.

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Mysterious winged “bird man” exposed as a hoax

Mysterious winged “bird man” exposed as a hoax

A man who captivated the blogosphere by claiming to have achieved bird-like flight by using a winged contraption has been proven to be nothing more than a guy with some skills in video special effects. The man, who used the name Jarno Smeets, seemed to have the qualifications necessary to create such a first-of-its-kind invention. His LinkedIn page has a lot of high-end experience and education.

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New biplane design could reignite supersonic travel

New biplane design could reignite supersonic travel

While everyone certainly seemed to love the idea of Concorde, they definitely didn’t like the price that came with flying on one. Massive fuel costs was one of the reasons for its eventual decommission, as well as the sonic boom it produced, rendering it unable to fly over populated areas for fear of upsetting people on the ground. An MIT researcher believes to have found the answer to the problems that plagued the Concorde.

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Google Flight takes off worldwide

Google Flight takes off worldwide

Google has taken its initiative to show flight deals when users search for specific travel itineraries to the next level. The search giant has just added new destinations to its flight search algorithm, including Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, and Venice. This means when users search for specific terms like "JFK - AMS" they will immediately see the best flight deals.

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Microsoft Flight confirmed for February 29, 2012

Microsoft Flight confirmed for February 29, 2012

The release date for one of the most widely anticipated manufacturer-made video games in quite a while has been dropped: Microsoft Flight will be released on February 29th. This video game has you rolling through a wide variety of environments in a lovely aircraft that you'll have full control over, and this release will be set by Microsoft herself. This news comes straight from the lions mouth: Xbox team member Larry Hryb, aka @MajorNelson.

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Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

Sean Kinkade Park Hawk Ornithopter reminds us that Da Vinci had it right

There's nothing quite like a lazy afternoon flying your remote-controlled airplane, helicopter, or in this case, ornithopter, around the back yard. The airwaves are aflutter today as everyone outside the RC circuit realizes that not only are ornithopters a reality now for at-home enthusiasts, they've been around for over a decade. The video you're about to see, in fact, features an original model Sean Kinkade Park Hawk, originally released all the way back in 1993 and purchased just this week by RC lover, Nuvaero Flight System's Robert Eaton.

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Microsoft Flight simulator goes free to play with in-game purchases

Microsoft Flight simulator goes free to play with in-game purchases

No doubt about it, the free to play model is earning its wings. After years as one of the most respected flight simulator games out there, Microsoft is taking a new approach with the latest version, now renamed simply "Microsoft Flight." In the years since Fight Simulator X was released, downloadable content and Valve's Steam platform have redefined PC gaming, and in order to keep up Microsoft is making the core version of the new game completely free to play. For a given value of free, anyway.

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WolframAlpha can now tell you what flights are overhead

WolframAlpha can now tell you what flights are overhead

Generally, if you are using a search engine to search flights you will be looking for a flight that is taking off or landing. You would get nothing other than a list of flights with departure and arrival times. WolframAlpha has a new sort of flight search app that is very cool and would be lots of fun to use for kids and adults.

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