About Air & Space Magazine

Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine has been delighting aerospace enthusiasts with the best writing about their favorite subject since April 1986. The bimonthly magazine emphasizes the human stories behind the hardware and has established a track record of getting its readers into those places of the aerospace industry marked "authorized personnel only."

As an adjunct of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, Air & Space magazine matches the grand scope of the Museum, encompassing every era of aviation and space exploration, and publishes extensively about the Museum collection. With stories that range from the German airmen whose unlucky task it was to crew World War I zeppelins to the design of NASA's next lunar lander, Air & Space seeks to surprise its audience with a wealth of detail about aviation and spaceflight.

Magazine Staff


About the National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.

The Museum has two display facilities. The National Mall building in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center (pictured) displays many more artifacts including the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and Space Shuttle Enterprise.

The Museum currently conducts restoration of its collection at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryland. For years, this facility also displayed many of the Museum's artifacts kept in storage. Only guided tours allowed access to this portion of the collection. The new Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center displays most of the aircraft and spacecraft previously stored at Garber, many never seen before in a museum setting. The Center will also eventually become the Museum's primary artifact restoration facility.

The Museum benefits from the guidance received from the distinguished Americans on the National Air and Space Museum Board.

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Air & Space Magazine's Aerospace Library

To find in that plenitude the very best books about the world of aviation and spaceflight, we asked museum curators, scholars, historians, journalists, and authors for their recommendations and compiled a list of treasures, both old and recent, from a number of categories. (We also threw in a few of our own favorites.)