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Um, this guy has nerves of literal steel. The way he handles losing his literal engine pretty much escapes what one would think is possible in terms of keeping cool under the awful weight of impending physical doom. Clearly, the guy is going to make a great pilot one day. 

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The level of calm that these pilots are able to maintain while weathering complete chaos is otherworldly. Seriously, most folks would be hard pressed to not faint altogether while trying to fly a plane upside down. 

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Pilot's Window Breaks, Copilot Goes Full Superhero Mode

As far as stories that effectively defy the bounds of what we thought was possible for the human body to withstand, this tale about British Airways flight 5390 is one for the books. It's just the kind of story that involves an unprecedented level of fearless heroism in the face of a truly nightmarish turn of events. One can only imagine what kinds of thoughts must've been racing through that pilot's brain. Also though, the copilot had to have been weathering tidal waves of internal panic. The fact that the pilot comes out of the event alive (with some gnarly sustained injuries/trauma though) is crazy. If you're looking for some more gold from the Tumblr world, check out these resplendent Tumblr gems of random hilarity

A crazy Tumblr post about how a pilot ends up surviving an absolutely catastrophic malfunction on a plane.
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The dual-mode AirCar made its first inter-airport flight in a historic and very cool sign of the times. It's unclear who would want or who could afford one of these things, but at least we're one step closer to the mythical "flying car" fantasy we've all had for decades. The AirCar, coming to collect dust in a billionaire's third home near you.

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Well, these spectators were certainly treated to the show of a lifetime when a Turkish F-16 pilot decided to fly crazily close to where they were situated. I'm just wondering about what kind of damage was dealt out to those poor people's eardrums. That couldn't have been fun. Exhilarating for sure, but painful as well. 

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Usually when you're on a flight you're busy preoccupying yourself with whatever took your interest in the land of Netflix, or catching up on rest. Maybe, just maybe you're one of those traveling conversationalists making small talk with whoever is next to you. Well, talk about a fun way to spice up a flight. Just being able to sit back and watch a space shuttle ascend to unfathomable heights would be pretty cool. 

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Overworked Flight Attendant Told To Play "Interesting" Movie, Plays Disaster Film

Flight Attendants have to deal with some strange, and wildly entitled people, but they're put in an interesting position of power with the ability to control someone's entire travel experience. That means we get tales like this flight attendant who handily dealt with a problem flyer and this tumblr thread of a flight attendant's wildest stories. This particular flight attendant said "screw it" and watched the fallout of playing a plane crash movie during a flight.

story of overworked flight attendant who played a plane crash movie on an airplane
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This story's been around for a while, but it's always fun to revisit. Can't imagine what must've been going through the heads of the pilots that were around for this masterful act of trolling. 

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If there's anyone else out there who is admirably humble about their flying skills, and has a friend that they can take on a flight, this video should absolutely serve as an inspiration. One can only begin to imagine what kinds of panicked thoughts must've been dancing across this guy's mindscape. But hey, the trust was very present. Must be a solid friendship. 

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Here's a Russian fighter jet pilot choosing to re-negotiate a failed landing, coming what looks like a few feet of the carrier and popping back off into the air. How do you say "maybe next time" in plane?

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I wonder if the guy flying this almost has a panic attack every time over the idea of crashing it, or if he's attained such mastery over flying RC planes that he can just rock it on autopilot mode. 

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Man, you've got to be fully present and tuned in to pull off a wild stunt like the one we have here from this pilot. Dude's got some mad skills. 

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You pretty much know when a video's made it when it somehow makes itself known in the infamous YouTube algorithm many, many years later. It's almost deeply unsettling at this point to see so many people congregated in one dense area on a beach. 

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Woman Demands Instant Tech Support Service, Gets Denied, Gives Earful, Misses Flight

Man, there's something terribly fascinating about watching someone who stubbornly refuses to get out of their own way. Like they have some sort of subconscious vendetta to engineer their own demise. It can honestly be sad sometimes. In this case though, folks might be able to have a good laugh. You have an impatient lady come right out of the gate with a fiery temper and entitlement, and then ultimately end up missing her flight because she wouldn't just take a deep breath and be a reasonable human being. For some more absurdity from the tech support world check out the time a mom washed her kid's computer, and then a tech support catastrophe ensued

Woman demands instant tech support service, gets rejected, gives manager earful, and then misses her flight.
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So well, apparently there are reports that this story could just be a work of fiction. Regardless it makes for quite the entertaining rollercoaster. 

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Twitter Thread: Speech-Language Pathologist Helps Out Kid In Need On Flight

Man oh man, it's heartwarming stories like the one we have here from a mindful speech-language pathologist that manage to keep our faith in humanity alive. Dr. Rachel R. Romeo found herself seated next to a dad and his son who had severe nonverbal autism. She decided to seize the opportunity to offer up her expertise, and proactively worked to bring the kid peace of mind while on their flight. It's a beautiful little story. 

Speech-language pathologist helps out kid in need during flight. | Rachel R. Romeo @RachelRRomeo just had such an affirming experience. On my 8hr intl flight back conference sat next father/son broken English father began apologize/ warn his ~10 yr-old son had severe nonverbal autism, and this would like be difficult journey. 1/ 2:59 p.m 28 Aug. 19 Twitter Web App
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