Delta Airlines Made a Meme-Filled Safety Video You’ll Actually Want to Watch

We don’t get too many opportunities to write about airline safety videos, and there’s a pretty good reason: they are stare-into-space-dreaming-about-anything-else BORING. Then you have this version from Delta.

At 6 minutes long, it easily exceeds the length of your average safety video, but you’ll probably watch every second. Why? They’ve filled it to the brim with the internet’s favorite memes, from Overly Attached Girlfriend and Keyboard Cat, to the Double Rainbow guy and the shark suit wearing Roomba cat.

World First: Solar Powered Airplane to Attempt Flight Across the Pacific

The Solar Impulse is one incredible airplane. Designed to be completely solar powered, it uses panels built into its wings and storage batteries to allow it to theoretically fly day and night, forever. Yep, you read that right.

Now, the Swiss team behind the project is attempting something never done before – to fly a solar powered airplane around the world. If the weather holds, the next leg will happen May 5th, and the Solar Impulse will be soaring across the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific.

Flying Over Southern New Zealand Feels Like a Beautiful Thrill Ride

Southern New Zealand is known for its exceedingly beautiful and rugged landscape, and this video from Australia-based director Mark Toia shows it from its best angle – above. The video captures a landscape pushed upward by the slow but powerful force of shifting tectonic plates. From those snowy mountain heights, water flows into perfectly translucent lakes, making its way downhill in a series of precipitous drops. It’s these stomach clenching heights that are captured over and over in this video, highlighting a collection of ‘aerial rushes’ produced as part of a TV commercial project.

Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive.

Beautiful Paragliding Aerobatics and the Sounds of Flying Free

Few activities get you closer to being a bird than paragliding. Just climb a mountain carrying a backpack that holds your winds, and off you go into the sky. Théo de Blic has been piloting on his own since he was just 12, and in this stunning video filmed by Shams, his aerobatic skill in the air is put on display. Their video, Sound of Paragliding, is a feast of beauty for the eyes… and the ears.

These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move.

Waltz on the Walls: Oakland’s City Hall Transforms into a Magical Aerial Stage

Taking to the walls of Oakland’s City Hall in California, dancers Amelia Rudolph and Roel Seeber suspended from windows above to put on a fantastic aerial waltz. The two Bandaloop dancers performed the graceful act during the Art + Soul Festival and filmed the first person experience using GoPro cameras mounted to their body. Simply magical.

The Aeromobil Flying Car Makes its First Flight… and it’s Seriously Sexy

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It’s official: the future is here. You might remember a few weeks ago when I asked “Where’s my flying car?!” I detailed many of the past and present designs that have tried to take the automobile skyward, but I missed one example that has just made its first flight – and it’s a seriously stunning machine!

Fly Like an Eagle: Bird Soars in France with a GoPro on its Back

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Yep, just an eagle with a GoPro strapped to its back… now your flying dreams are complete. We couldn’t help sharing this short video clip which took place in a mountain range near Chamonix, France.

Where’s My Flying Car?! The Best and Worst Examples of the Last 100 Years

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Sometimes life offers you some pretty fun compromises. When I was 14 my dad gave me an amazing offer: get braces, or get a pilots license. As many people would guess, to this day I have an awesomely crooked grin. Flying is a great pastime and gives you a new perspective of the world, opening up remote locations that would take hours or days to access by car… if you can get there at all. There is one glaring issue with flying however: once you land to that blazingly hot parking lot they call an airport, how do you get where you really want to go? Enter the flying car or roadable aircraft.