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The Aircraft Carrier USS Oriskany Lies at the Bottom of the Ocean, Here’s What Remains
The Aircraft Carrier USS Oriskany Lies at the Bottom of the Ocean, Here’s What Remains

Most warships are never appreciated by the greater public for their years of service on the high seas serving their country. A very select few might get to live life eternal as museum ships. But only one American vessel had the honor of being repur...

 
This B-52G Bomber Will Not Be Serving 100 Years, is Gate Guard Outside Little League Park
This B-52G Bomber Will Not Be Serving 100 Years, is Gate Guard Outside Little League Park

With the possibility of only the C-47 Skytrain, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress has had a longevity that dwarfs any other airplane, military or civilian. It's possible that one day in the not so far off future, these century-old dinosaurs will ...

 
This Delightful NY Train Station Is Like a Mini GCT, Home To Countless Antique Rail Cars
This Delightful NY Train Station Is Like a Mini GCT, Home To Countless Antique Rail Cars

New York State has some pretty amazing railway stations. That may sound like the biggest "duh" statement of all time. But trust us, when people rave about the stunning architecture, superb aesthetics, and memorable interiors of New York&#...

 
Car Repos are Skyrocketing in the U.S. Is Inflation to Blame?
Car Repos are Skyrocketing in the U.S. Is Inflation to Blame?

The process of buying a car, new or used, this day is a torturous experience from beginning to end in most cases. But in an economy primed to dive into the proverbial lavatory that is a recession, it's becoming a nightmare on a long-term basis...

 
This 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk's Soul Left This Earth, Do You Want the Rusty Remains?
This 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk's Soul Left This Earth, Do You Want the Rusty Remains?

The Studebaker Golden Hawk is a landmark of an automobile whether most contemporary petrolheads remember it or not. Thanks to the merger of Studebaker and Packard in 1954, the joint company both failed to find a new image for the historic Packard b...

 
Pan Am Once Test Flew the Concorde and Hooned the Heck Out of It, Here's the Wild Story
Pan Am Once Test Flew the Concorde and Hooned the Heck Out of It, Here's the Wild Story

The art of hooning is a sacred ritual for petrolheads. But the sacred ritual of pushing a car's performance to the absolute limit and having a whale of a good time in the process isn't limited to just things on four wheels. In the worl...

 
Republic F-84 Thunderjet: The Unappreciated Ground Pound Titan of the Early Cold War
Republic F-84 Thunderjet: The Unappreciated Ground Pound Titan of the Early Cold War

If you know anything about Republic Aviation, it's because of one of two airplanes. Either the hellfire raining, 30-mm autocannon sporting A-10 Warthog, or because of its plucky forbearer, the P-47 Thunderbolt. But on closer analysis, Repu...

 
This Grumman E2C Hawkeye's Restoration is Nearly Finished, Reeks of Freshly Applied Paint
This Grumman E2C Hawkeye's Restoration is Nearly Finished, Reeks of Freshly Applied Paint

Classic car restoration is a multi-billion dollar industry. But the same can't always be said for the automobile's air-soaring counterparts. When it comes to old warplanes especially, most people just don't have the time, skills, or ...

 
Opener Blackfly: the Delightful eVTOL Personal Aircraft Coming To Hangars Near You
Opener Blackfly: the Delightful eVTOL Personal Aircraft Coming To Hangars Near You

If you know about the Opener Blackfly, it's probably because you saw CBS correspondent John Blackstone take one for a spin and miraculously not wrap it around a tree or some other form of hijinks. But thanks to the particular vehicle he was pi...

 
This American Navy Jet Never Got to Tangle With a Soviet MiG
This American Navy Jet Never Got to Tangle With a Soviet MiG

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 gave the U.S. Air Force all the hell they could handle throughout multiple conflicts across multiple decades. In its day, countless top-of-the-line American fighter jets fell at its hands. But there's something...

 
This Adorable Grumman OV-1 Mohawk Could Shoot Down Jets, Sits Gate Guard Outside Museum
This Adorable Grumman OV-1 Mohawk Could Shoot Down Jets, Sits Gate Guard Outside Museum

If you know anything about Grumman, it's probably because of their iconic Navy Cat line of carrier-based fighter planes. Heavyweights of their day like the F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, F-11 Tiger, and F-14 Tomcat form a legacy that'd be the ...

 
Forget Kitty Hawk, Long Island Was America’s True Cradle of Aviation
Forget Kitty Hawk, Long Island Was America’s True Cradle of Aviation

In December 1903, a pair of Ohioan brothers took their primitive Flyer I prototype out for a series of four barely controlled powered flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the first of which only lasted 12 measly seconds, then called it a day. T...

 
If You're Not Hyped About JWST's First Deep Field Image, You're Not Paying Attention
If You're Not Hyped About JWST's First Deep Field Image, You're Not Paying Attention

We understand if you're finding it hard to find something to be joyful about at the moment. It may feel like the world is going to hell in a handbasket, but NASA and the ESA just gave the entire world something to celebrate. All thanks to the ...

 
DSLR vs Mirrorless Cameras: Which Setup is Better for Car Photography?
DSLR vs Mirrorless Cameras: Which Setup is Better for Car Photography?

So you want to be a car photographer, do you? Do you want to snap photos of insane drift angles, smokey burnouts, and all the glamor shots that journalists like us at autoevolution can't get enough of? That sounds like a pretty daunting task i...

 
Space Shuttle Food Looks Horrifying in Its Packaging, Supposedly Tastier Than It Looks
Space Shuttle Food Looks Horrifying in Its Packaging, Supposedly Tastier Than It Looks

Legend has it that the very first food eaten in space was a tube of beef and liver paste, squeezed through an aluminum toothpaste tube into the awaiting open maw of Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin during the Vostok 1 mission on April 12th, 1961. It&#...

 
Forget a Private Yacht, This Grumman Goose in Pan Am Liveries Does What They Can't
Forget a Private Yacht, This Grumman Goose in Pan Am Liveries Does What They Can't

It takes little more than a briefcase full of cash to buy a private yacht. But to prefer something less mainstream, like a period-correct Grumman G21 Goose amphibious airliner in Pan American Airways livery, it takes deep respect for classic aviati...

 
Here's What a Space Shuttle Tire Looks Like After a Hard Landing, It's Pretty Brutal
Here's What a Space Shuttle Tire Looks Like After a Hard Landing, It's Pretty Brutal

All tires are built more or less the same, right? They're just hunks of rubber formed into the shape of a circle and slapped on a set of wheels, or so you would think. But as petrolheads all know, the right tire can make or break a sports car....

 
This 1970 Fiat 850 Is Pleading for a Savior, Could It Be You?
This 1970 Fiat 850 Is Pleading for a Savior, Could It Be You?

Full restorations of classic cars are always a treat, and restomodding is even better to some. But you can't help but think there are a lot of the same famous makes and models getting all the love and attention. If you're in need of s...

 
Kitty Hawk Flyer: The All Electric Personal VTOL Forged By a Former Google Executive
Kitty Hawk Flyer: The All Electric Personal VTOL Forged By a Former Google Executive

What is it about celebrities and tech billionaires trying to prove they're the reincarnation of both of the Wright Brothers? You had Elon Musk, a .com billionaire that decided he wanted to build rocket ships, followed promptly by Jeff Bezos. A...

 
This Hilarious Tricycle Has a Propeller Attached to its  Backside, Actually Quite Useful
This Hilarious Tricycle Has a Propeller Attached to its Backside, Actually Quite Useful

Wheeled machines used to look pretty darn wacky at the turn of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The most hilarious of these early machines must be the penny farthing. The bicycle with the absurdly large front wheel, you know the one. But there�...

 

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