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64-year-old man on guest “joyride” in Air Force jet accidentally ejects himself from the plane.

An unnamed 64-year-old French man received a surprise gift from his co-workers – a ride in a Dassault Rafale B jet. He arrived at the airport with no knowledge of the gift he was about to receive. He had no aviation experience and had no desire to fly. Before takeoff, his smartwatch recorded his heart rate as 136 to 142 beats per minute. Unknown to his co-workers, the man was so stressed, “his heart was in full tachycardia”. However, the man refused to look a gift horse in the mouth and would not back out. He boarded the plane, a French Airforce Rafale B jet that reaches speeds of more than 870 miles per hour, and set out on a three-plane training mission. When the plane reached

An exotic spy plan has been circling above Seattle and its suburbs for days

Reports came out late last week of a spy plane that has been circling ominously over Seattle for nine straight days. No word on what the mission is or what they have been looking for. Flight tracking software revealed its unusual pattern of flight above Seattle and various suburbs. The aircraft itself is a bit of a puzzle too. The surveillance plane was first spotted by aircraft buffs at Boeing Field on July 24, 2017. Reports indicate the plane is an Indonesian-built CASA CN-235-300 transport aircraft (call sign SPUD21) equipped with an unusually exotic array of spy equipment modifications. According to The Drive: “It is covered in a dizzying array of blisters, protrusions, humps and bumps. These include missile approach warning detectors and large fairings on its

Airline pilot bets he can land while blindfolded – crashes plane killing 70 passengers (1986)

On October 20, 1986, the seven-man crew of a Tu-134A aircraft departed from Koltsovo Airport (Sverdlovsk in the Urals, Russia) on route to Grozny aboard Aeroflot Flight 6502. To the 85 passengers, it was a routine flight. However, to pilot in command Alexander Kliuyev, the trip needed a little spice. While approaching a stopover landing at the Kurumoch Airport, co-pilot Gennady Zhirnov proposed an outlandish dare. Kliuyev agreed and made a bet that he could make an instrument-only landing while blindfolded (some reports say the cockpit windows were curtained). At 3:48 PM, at a height of 1,300 feet, flight engineers pulled blinds over the windshield. Foregoing any visual contact or radio-controlled assistance, Kliuyev began his attempt to touch down while flying blind. At around 215 feet, the aircraft

These giant arrows blanket the U.S.A. from coast to coast – what are they?

You’ll find them in a nearly straight line between the East Coast (New York) and the West Coast (San Francisco). Like an ancient cosmic map, they are spaced about 15 miles apart and placed on any available surface – the side of a mountain, across the desert floor, and in the great, flat plains of the central United States – anywhere where they can be easily seen from space. Although many are now covered with scrub brush, these giant concrete arrows, sometimes as much as 70 feet in length, leave backpackers and hikers who stumble across them scratching their heads. What are they? Where did they come from? Who scattered them across the USA? The giant arrows are remnants of the Transcontinental Airmail Route, a sequence

Interesting MUFON report (with photos) of dome-shaped UFO flying near jet airplane in El Cajon, California

There was an interesting MUFON report this week, with photos (video of the same object appeared on YouTube shortly after the report was submitted to MUFON). The sighting took place on January 14, 2016 near El Cajon, California. The witness was filming a fighter jet’s contrails in the sky and at first, did not notice the high-speed object he inadvertently caught on video. According to the witness: "I was outside at 11.30 AM on January 14 when I noticed a jet heading straight up and began to videotape it.  Later in the day when playing the video back, my girlfriend and I noticed a fast moving object near the jet that was not visible to the naked eye when recording.” Still shots from the video show thick jet contrails with

Plane passenger snaps picture of mysterious humanoid-like shadow figure walking on the clouds above Austria

30-year-old Nick O’Donoghue, a software support team manager from Ireland, was flying aboard an EasyJet airplane from Austria to Cork at 30,000 feet when he noticed a bizarre humanoid-like figure outside his window. He grabbed his camera and snapped the amazing photo above which shows a strange shadowy figure, resembling a giant robot, walking across the clouds.  Nick explained how he spotted the unusual sight: “I was flying back from a work ski trip in Austria, I was on the window seat with two work colleges beside me. They were talking like crazy and I was gazing out the window, as you do. I could see this figure in the distance in front of us and then as we flew closer this shape appeared. I asked the ladies

U.S. Air Force destroys $115 million airplane – by accidentally flying it upside down

The incident occurred on April 21, 2015 while the United States Air Force was conducting a test flight over the Gulf of Mexico in a mammoth $115-million-dollar AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. The pilot attempted a maneuver called a “sideslip” which calls for applying opposite rudder while tilting the airplane right or left in order to lower a wing. The movement, which is often employed when planes are landing in a crosswind, is used to quickly reduce altitude. In this instance, the pilot tilted the aircraft too far and the huge plane inverted - and began flying upside down. The plane was flying at 15,000 feet when the mishap occurred causing the plane to lose 5,000 feet of altitude before recovering at a dangerously-low 10,000 feet. According to the Air

In eerie coincidence, hi-speed photo of airshow plane crash captures the very moment wing walker Jane Wicker died

It’s a common thought – what happens at the precise moment we pass from this life to the next. However, it’s an extremely rare event when that moment is captured in a photograph. Such was the case on June 22, 2013 at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Dayton, Ohio when an eagle-eye noticed that one small section of a spectacular hi-definition, high-speed photograph of a plane crash froze in time the instant a female wing walker, Jane Wicker, met her end. Jane Wicker - wing walker 45-year-old Jane Wicker was a Federal Aviation Administration budget analyst with a backbone made of steel. Financial accountant by day, Wicker began her daredevil career in 1990 after answering an advertisement from the Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Virginia. After

Officials unable to explain strange 2-3 minute “roar” heard throughout southern Wisconsin

A roaring sound heard throughout southern Wisconsin on April 19, 2015 has anxious residents mystified and seeking answers from authorities. The sound, described as “louder than a jet airplane” and lasting for 2-3 minutes, was heard around 8:15 PM in the cities of Beloit, Elkhorn, Delavan, Milton, Evansville, Albany, Monticello Monroe, Janesville, and other communities east of Milwaukee. One resident described the noise as “loud and constant” while another reported the noise was so thunderous, her house “vibrated”. One frightened family said they thought a large plane was about to land on their home. A local Monroe man described the sound as similar to the deafening noise of a low flying commercial jet and noted that after about 3 minutes, it seemed to fade towards the west. A

Interesting UFO video out of Atlanta shows three bright white orbs following commercial airplane

The video below was filmed by an airline passenger last summer as his plane began its descent into Atlanta, Georgia and shows three bright white orbs tailing the plane, flying in various random formations before speeding off, disappearing out of frame as they move below the plane. The passenger says at first he thought the lights were another aircraft. When he noticed their random movement, he grabbed his cellphone and began filming.  Days after his video was released, others came forward saying they saw the same formation of lights in the Atlanta sky around the time of the video's release. Real or CGI – I’m not sure. White orbs are easy to CGI and sometimes difficult to determine if real or fake. Given the movement of the

Horrific crash of TransAsia Airways airplane captured on terrifying dashcam videos

The moment a TransAsia Airways airplane came down in Taiwan has been caught on several terrifying dashboard videos. The plane, carrying 58 people heading to the island of Kinmen, crashed shortly after takeoff on February 4, 2015 after narrowly missing a series of high-rise buildings and clipping a taxi cab and freeway bridge before crashing into a river. Half of the passengers on the plane survived the violent crash. Below is the dashcam video shot from the automobile closest to the event.  This video was shot from a car travelling behind the taxi that was clipped by the crashing airplane. TransAsia Airways crash–dashcam video from closest vehicle   Below is video shot from the second closest car. The braking car in front is the source of the first video

High-speed disc-shaped UFO filmed from passenger cabin of airplane flying over Iran

An interesting video has surfaced that captured a high-speed disc-shaped UFO flying over Iranian airspace. The video was shot by a passenger through the window of a commercial airplane using a smartphone. The video was captured several months ago but is just now gaining interest (and prompting discussion) in the paranormal community. The aircraft was flying over Iran at the time the video was taken.  Thus far, no government or organization has come forward claiming the UFO was theirs. The object is clearly a silver or white wingless, disc or oval-shaped craft . It can be seen in the video approaching from the right-hand side of the frame. Check out the video below. We’ve added segments containing post processing zooms and slowed video frames to assist.   UFO filmed from airplane flying over Iran

Pilots report mystery flying man shooting across the side of their commercial aircraft

Pilots of an Airbus 320 received a shock on June 13, 2014 when an “unidentified flying man” zipped across the side of their plane as it was making its landing approach at Manchester Airport in England. Pilots say the flying man was easily visible – it (he?) came within 75 yards of their aircraft. Initially the flight crew believed the flying man could have been a paraglider or parachutist but then recognized that he was wearing no aerial equipment as he zoomed past the plane. The pilots say the man flew by so fast they had no time to initiate avoidance maneuvers. They immediately radioed air traffic control who reported seeing nothing unusual on their radars. The incident was classified as a “near-miss” and investigated by

High-speed UFO caught on film bursting from clouds near passing airplane

An interesting video of a high-speed UFO emerging from a cloud has shown up on YouTube. The location where the video was shot has not been divulged but it is believed to have been shot on April 25, 2014 using a 300mm lens. Several factors lend credence to its authenticity but at least one factor (in my opinion) casts a bit of doubt on its legitimacy. In the video below, you will see a high speed, saucer-shaped UFO emerge from the clouds behind the airplane and speed quickly towards the left where it disappears from the frame. At full speed, it’s almost too fast to detect. We’ve slowed down the video and included several zoomed-shots to provide a better view of the mysterious craft. In the zoomed views,

Miracle – boy survives sub-zero temperatures and near-zero oxygen during five-hour flight in wheel well of airplane

  It’s a rare event and even rarer if the person attempting it survives. The FAA says that since 1947, there have been around 100 people known to have stowed away in wheel wells of an airplane. Most of them died. But this week a 16-year-old boy survived a five-hour flight from California to Hawaii hidden in a wheel well of a commercial Boeing 767 airplane. Aviation experts are calling it a “miracle”. Authorities say the boy ran away from home after a fight with his parents, jumped the airport fence, and ran across the tarmac to the first airplane he could find. He climbed onto the wheel of the Boeing 767 and up into the wheel well where he remained for the five-hour plus flight from