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The Pitcairn Autogiro

Image of the world's only airworthy Pitcairn Autogiro by Flyermedia. Reprinted with permission of General Aviation News.

There’s a great article by Meg Godlewski at General Aviation News about the Pitcairn PAA-1, an autogiro marketed to private pilots in the early 1930s. The article includes a glorious set of photos by Flickr user FlyerMedia of the Pitcairn at an airshow in April, 2010, but not any of it going off into the wild blue yonder. That’s cool; you can check it out in flight in the videos below.

You might recognize the Pitcairn from The Rocketeer, in which Howard Hughes flies one, or the concept of the autogiro in general from The Road Warrior. Thirty years before that, autogiros were popular in comic books and pulp fiction in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s because of their exotic look.

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Refugee Flies Air Canada in Disguise

An unidentified Asian man in his early ’20s apparently boarded an Air Canada flight in Hong Kong disguised as an elderly Caucasian man, performing a quick-change act in mid-flight and requesting refugee status when he was escorted off the plane in Vancouver.

A commenter on the CNN story says you can do the same thing yourself, using a mask for sale at SFPFXMasks.com. Known as “The Elder,” it sure does look a hell of a lot like this guy’s disguise. “The Elder” is available with “No Hair,” “Eyebrows Only,” “Hair Only,” and “Eyebrows + Hair,” so you can customize your refugee experience.

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Bombs+Fake Cocaine=LOLZ

Creative Commons Photo by John Manoogian III.

Dreading those long security lines during your wild-blue-yonder forays this holiday season?

Well, y’know what makes that shoes-off-laptop-out-belt-off-did-I-forget-my-cell-phone shit fly right by?!?

A little thing called panic!

And you know what? In that regard, the Transportation Safety Administration ishere to help!

That’s right, the Smoking Gun details a the wacky hijinks of a Philadelphia TSA agent who got bored looking for explosives and decided to prank passengers. The Bomb Appraisal Officer (BAO) — whose name has been redacted — was using creatine as a test substance in the evaluation of bomb-detection equipment.

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