In a picture that literally made my airplane mechanic partner cringe when he saw it, a British Airways 787 has had a rather unfortunate day over at Heathrow Airport as its nose gear collapsed, and, well, that's not normally a great thing for anyone involved.
Among other things, the entire front of the plane will need some rebuilding and then a thorough reinspection, because hitting the ground hard is not really a thing it's designed to do, and there's a lot of important stuff under there.
Last I heard, it was caused by a test of the gear retraction solenoid being done with the gear securing pin in the wrong hole. You might want to rush to blame the mechanic here, but Virgin Airlines installed a modification that stops this even being possible, while BA decided to save themselves a bit of money and leave the pin able to go in the wrong hole. Looks like that cost-cutting measure really, uh, saved them some money - though we'll know the full story once the AAIB report is out.
London Reconnections, always an excellent resource for public transport analysis, have a wonderful mini-article-series going about the mostly-forgotten British airship programme, back in the time when the Empire was a going concern rather than a piece of history used to rile up patriotism.
It's a fantastic long read, covering the strategy they were chasing with the airship programme, the technical achievements and advances made, the journeys they made, and some of the problems they started to face. Airships were so promising once - and as you read through, you can start to really see why.
You've probably seen planes with turbofans (normal "jet engines") and maybe turboprops (big propeller, what spin very fast), but you've likely never seen the fabled propfan - because they don't really exist. Yet. GE are apparently the latest in a series of people trying to make a commercially viable one.
See, turbofans are great at high altitude, and nice and quiet, but are less efficient at low altitude. Turboprops are great at low altitude, but noisy. The propfan is an engine that tries to combine both of the good qualities, with less of the bad (though they're still supposedly noisy).
Of course, there's quite a few problems to overcome - like the fact that there's no nacelle to contain any blade separation, so every engine failure is, as we say in the industry, uncontained - but it's also about time we had some advances in engine tech, so curious to see if they can pull it off.