Passenger jet

Could a passenger jet do a loop the loop?

You may have seen small aircraft performing incredible stunts in the air, but could a larger aircraft manage some aerial acrobatics too? Find the answer with our latest video! Find the answer to more baffling questions in How It Works magazine. Order it in print, download it onto … Continued

NATS UK airspace

Air traffic control: Managing the highways of the skies

UK airspace is one of the busiest in the world, with over 6,000 flights travelling through it every day. The majority of this activity occurs above the south-east of England, which is home to five major airports, but it’s not just commercial … Continued


New Airboard is the world’s smallest manned aircraft

This ultralight quadcopter could provide the answer for people dreaming of piloting their own aircraft. A thermal battery powers four high-speed electric motors, which allows the Airboard to fly over any type of terrain you can throw at it. The … Continued

Volvo Integrated Safety Truck 2

How power assisted steering takes the strain out of driving

Before the invention of power assisted steering, a three-point turn took a tremendous amount of time and effort.   Changing the direction of the wheels, tyres, brake discs, pads and framework used to leave many drivers with a repetitive strain … Continued

Dubai Police Car

Dubai Police patrol city in Lamborghini and Ferrari supercars

Dubai might just have the fastest police force in the world. Rather than using Vauxhalls and Fords, the local law enforcement officers patrol the city streets in a fleet of supercars, including Lamborghini Aventadors, Bugatti Veyrons, Chevrolet Camaro SSs and Bentley Continentals. The Lamborghini … Continued

Channel Tunnel

Top 5 Facts: Channel Tunnel

1) Eco-friendly travel Research by Eurotunnel’s main operator, Eurostar, revealed that travelling from London to Paris by Eurostar creates one tenth of the CO2 that would be generated by flying there. 2) Tunnel of love The south tunnel is used when … Continued

Sound barrier

What is the sound barrier?

Breaking the sound barrier means exceeding the speed of sound at 12,192 metres (40,000 feet), that’s about 1,062 kilometres per hour (660 miles per hour). When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier with the Bell X-1 rocket plane in 1947, … Continued

Airbus A380 in flight

Can you do a loop-the-loop in a passenger jet?

To perform a 360-degree loop, an aircraft needs to achieve three phases in quick succession: the entry, the climb and the exit. Each of these would cause particular problems to anything the size and weight of even a small commercial … Continued

Train in Bournemouth railway station

What is signal failure and why does it cause train delays?

Signal failures are almost as old as the railway itself – with the first primitive wayside signalling systems being introduced in 1832. These days signalling relies on a combination of movable sections of track (known as points), track circuits that … Continued

Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet

How Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor fighter jet works

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fighter jet is a fifth-generation supermaneuverable aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force. It’s used for a diverse range of missions including intelligence gathering, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic attack. To see the F-22 Raptor in action and discover how it … Continued


Discover Incredible Flying Machines and the science behind them

From the makers of science and technology magazine How It Works comes Incredible Flying Machines. This digital-only edition is crammed full of amazing aircraft, awe-inspiring imagery and facts, making it a must-have for any aviation enthusiast. Inside, you’ll learn about drone aircraft and how … Continued


A trip to the Ford factory

A short video of our trip to the Ford factory in Cologne Germany. Full article to appear in issue 67 of How It Works!


Solar powered boats

A chat with Simon Milward who has recently returned from crossing the channel on a solar powered boat!


HMS Queen Elizabeth

A very, very cool video on the incredible new flagship aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy

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The Find out Friday interview

A quick chat with Captain of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar Gerard d’Aboville, the largest solar powered boat in the world

Jerry Sanders, SkyTran, Transport, public transport, commuting, monorail, pollution, rush hour, urban travel, bus, tram. train, taxi, car share, car pool

The ‘Find out Friday’ interview

This week we chat to Jerry Sanders, CEO and Chairman of SkyTran Inc. who are developing a brand new transportation system.

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