18 07, 2023

Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan Flew To Ireland When He Was Supposed To Fly To California (Cool Weird Awesome 1050)

By |2023-07-18T09:42:56-04:00July 18, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

Today in 1938, a pilot named Douglas Corrigan was supposed to fly from New York to California, but ended up in Dublin. “Wrong Way” Corrigan became an international celebrity - even if the story he told was not necessarily what actually happened. 

18 04, 2023

Gregory Robertson Saved An Unconscious Skydiver After A High-Speed Dive (Cool Weird Awesome 990)

By |2023-04-18T07:49:47-04:00April 18, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

He called it just another day of skydiving, but today in 1987, Gregory Robertson saved a fellow skydiver’s life with a high-speed free fall of more than a mile.

21 03, 2023

The Air Force Once Bombed Montana (Cool Weird Awesome 974)

By |2023-03-21T09:28:21-04:00March 21, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Today in 1944, the U.S. Air Force carried out a bombing raid in Montana. Even stranger, they did so at the request of the governor. We'll explain.

9 03, 2023

When The Supreme Court Kind Of Ruled That An Airplane Wasn’t A Motor Vehicle (Cool Weird Awesome 966)

By |2023-03-09T07:51:59-05:00March 9, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Today in 1931, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling that seems to say that a guy who stole an airplane was not guilty of breaking the law against stealing motor vehicles. Though it’s actually a little more complicated than that.

27 06, 2022

Helen Keller Once Flew A Plane, No Matter What People On The Internet Think (Cool Weird Awesome 797)

By |2022-06-27T09:35:22-04:00June 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today in 1880, the birthday of Helen Keller, the activist, author, speaker, and, on one occasion, a pilot. Never mind what randos on social media have claimed, here's the real story.

18 05, 2022

When Jacqueline Cochran Broke The Sound Barrier (Cool Weird Awesome 774)

By |2022-05-18T06:19:11-04:00May 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Today in 1953, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. Then again, Cochran moved at high speed her whole career. Plus: today in 1838, the birthday of Alexander Miles, a Black inventor who made elevators what they are today. 

18 03, 2022

This Vole Protects Itself From Predators By Cutting The Grass (Cool Weird Awesome 735)

By |2022-03-18T09:20:14-04:00March 18, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Brandt’s vole has an interesting way to protect itself from predators overhead: a research project found that the little rodent cuts the grass so it can keep a lookout.

17 02, 2022

Jets Can Burn Less Fuel Thanks To Electric Towing (Cool Weird Awesome 719)

By |2022-02-17T06:49:25-05:00February 17, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Taxiing accounts for about 5 percent of a jet's fuel consumption, so one way to make flying greener is making taxiing greener, like through an all-electric towing system.

2 02, 2022

The “Cornfield Bomber” Landed Itself Without A Pilot (Cool Weird Awesome 708)

By |2022-02-02T06:34:21-05:00February 2, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Today in 1970, an Air Force pilot had to eject from his fighter jet during a training exercise. So the plane just sort of got itself back onto the ground, mostly successfully.

1 12, 2021

The First Skywriting Was, No Surprise, For Advertising (Cool Weird Awesome 668)

By |2021-12-01T06:54:36-05:00December 1, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

On or around this day in 1922, a pilot wrote the first skywriting message in the United States. It was a way to demonstrate an advertising technique that would be a big part of business for the next few decades.

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