Photos | Air & Space Magazinehttp://www.airspacemag.com/rss/photos/RSS feed for the photosenFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Night Handlinghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-21/night-handling/The <a href="http://www.airspacemag.com/search/?q=X-47B">X-47B</a> is a research drone that the Navy hopes to one day use in combat from its aircraft carriers. Last August it conducted its first night time taxi tests aboard the USS <em>Theodore Roosevelt</em>. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Spirit Testinghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-19/spirit-testing/Charles Lindbergh flies over San Diego during a test flight of the Spirit of St. Louis in the spring of 1927. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Lunar Topographyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-17/lunar-topography/Scientists created this colorful topographic map of the moon from data from NASA's GRAIL mission. The gravity anomalies shown in blue are believed to be ancient lava-flooded rift zones buried beneath volcanic plains. Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Marking the Drophttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-14/marking-drop/A C-130 Hercules heads towards the smoke marking its drop zone during a training exercise. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Endeavour Comes Back to Earthhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-12/endeavour-comes-back-earth/Space shuttle Endeavour touches down for a night landing at the end of STS-72 in 1996. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Taxiing KC-135 Stratotankerhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-10/taxiing-kc-135-stratotanker/Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000A Mule at Resthttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-07/mule-rest/An H-24 Army Mule Helicopter sits on the runway in this undated San Diego Air and Space Museum archived photograph. Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000"Dance of the Plankton"http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-05/dance-plankton/This satellite image shows ocean phytoplankton, which attracts the many types of sea life that prey on it. Scientists observe the predator-prey cycles (which phytoplankton ecologist Mike Behrenfeld calls the "Dance of the Plankton") each year to see how tiny changes in the environment can impact the oceans. Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Calling it a Dayhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-11-03/calling-it-day/The fleet from various strike groups and U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft operation in formation after a joint exercise. Mon, 03 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Spooky Solar Facehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-31/spooky-solar-face/NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the sun in the Halloween spirit earlier this month when its bright, active regions took on the shape of a jack-o-lantern. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Victory in the Alpshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-29/victory-alps/Pilot Nigel Lamb, flying for Breitling, <a href="http://www.redbullairrace.com/en_US/article/lamb-beats-arch-epic-world-championship-finale">won the world championship title</a> at the 2014 Red Bull Air Race in the Austrian Alps on October 26. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Arctic Otter Flighthttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-27/arctic-otter-flight/A DHC-3 Otter flies over glaciers for NASA's Operation IceBridge-Alaska surveys, which study how rising temperatures affect the Arctic. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Rescue Drillshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-24/rescue-drills/A U.S. Air Force airman plays a victim being lifted into an HH-60G Pave Hawk during an evacuation exercise. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Autumn is Cominghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-22/autumn-coming/This image from NASA's Terra satellite captured autumn's turning leaves in the Great Lakes area. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Getting the Mail Airbornehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-20/getting-mail-airborne/In 1920, Reno was the transfer point for airmail being flown between San Francisco and New York City. In this photo from the National Postal Museum, airmail employees transfer mailbags from one de Havilland to another. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Slower Traffic Than It's Used Tohttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-17/slower-traffic-its-used/An F-15 gets towed down Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins, Georgia. The city is leasing the Eagle from the state's Air National Guard for its new veteran's memorial. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Rosetta Selfiehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-15/rosetta-selfie/As the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft zeros in on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it gets a better and better view of the rough surface its lander, Philae, will descend upon on November 12. The spacecraft took this "selfie" on October 7 using a camera on Philae, showing Rosetta's solar panels and the comet just 16 km away. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Thunderbird Over Alaskahttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-10/thunderbird-over-alaska/A U.S. Air Force Thunderbird performs at the Arctic Thunder Open House at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska in July 2014. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Pillars of Nurseries http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-08/pillars-nurseries/The pillars of dust and gas in the Carina Nebula are forming new stars at their tips.Wed, 08 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000Wing Twisterhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-10-06/wing-twister/NASA tested this Oblique Wing Research Aircraft in the late 1970s to find out the benefits and drawbacks to pivoting wings. But "the unpleasant flying characteristics... at extreme wing-sweep angles may have discouraged aircraft designers from adopting this configuration."Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Nice Day for an Air Showhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-26/nice-day-air-show/Aviation fans gather at Hill Air Force Base in Utah for the Warriors Over the Wasatch Air Show in June 2014, while a P-51 Mustang and F-16 Fighting Falcon pass overhead.Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Bell Supporthttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-24/bell-support/Research pilots and astronauts used the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle to simulate landing in the moon's gravity -- three-fifths that of Earth's gravity. Shown here in 1964, a Bell 47 Helicopter provides chase support, in communication with the test pilot in case any problems arose. Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Whiskey Toasthttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-22/whiskey-toast/The members of the U.S. Air Force 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany posed with a Douglas C-47 Skytrain called Whiskey 7 in a recreation of a 1944 photograph taken with the 37th Troop Carrier Squadron. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Huey Lookoutshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-19/huey-lookouts/A helicopter crew chief for the 459th Airlift Squadron looks out of a UH-1N Huey during a training exercise near Yokota Air Base in Japan.Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Vortex Studieshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-17/vortext-studies/A Learjet and a Cessna T-37 chase a Boeing B-747 to investigate its vortex trails, made visible with smoke generators, in the sky over NASA's Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center in 1974. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Shocking Armshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-15/shocking-arms/This composite image of galaxy NGC 4258 shows two spiral arms that intersect its plane. The x-rays, in blue, were imaged by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory; the radio waves in purple were imaged by the Very Large Array; the optical light in blue and yellow was imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope; and finally the red is infrared light imaged by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Recently astronomers have discovered shock waves in the arms, perhaps created by jets from the galaxy's supermassive black hole. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000All Aboard the Aussie Airlinehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-12/all-aboard-aussie-airline/Quantas, the second oldest airline in the world, started service in 1920. Above is one of its first airports in Charleville, Queensland, Australia. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Martian Pathhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-10/martian-path/The Mars Curiosity rover looks back at its tracks on August 4, 2014, after it reaches a sandy spot called Hidden Valley.Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000“The hangar wall was Crossfield’s.” http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-08/sonic-wall-was-mine-hangar-wall-was-crossfields/On this day in 1954, U.S. Air Force test pilot Scott Crossfield – who’s on <a href="http://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/10-great-pilots-4026745/" target="_new">our list of best all-time pilots</a> - suffered an engine failure in an early North American F-100 Super Sabre and landed safely on the ramp at Edwards AFB, California. “I then proceeded to violate a cardinal rule of aviation: never try tricks with a compromised airplane,” wrote Crossfield in his autobiography. <br><br> “The F-100 was still rolling at a fast clip, coming up fast on the NACA ramp, when I made my poor decision….I would snake the stricken F-100 right up the ramp and bring it to a stop immediately in front of the NACA hangar. This trick, which I had performed so often in the Skyrocket, was a fine touch. After the first successful dead-stick landing in an F-100, it would be fitting.”<br><br> ….“The plane slowed, but not quite enough. I was still inching ahead ponderously, like a diesel locomotive. I hit the brakes a fourth time—and my foot went clear to the floorboards. The hydraulic fluid was exhausted. The F-100 rolled on, straight between the yawning hangar doors!"<br><br> The F-100 impacted, giving us the iconic photo. The aircraft was quickly repaired and no harm was done to Crossfield's career, save that fellow test pilot Chuck Yeager often teased: “The sonic wall was mine. The hangar wall was Crossfield’s.” Mon, 08 Sep 2014 13:45:20 +0000Floating Over the Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkeyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-05/draft-floating-over-fairy-chimneys-cappadocia-turkey/Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Starburst Galaxyhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-09-03/starburst-galaxy/The M82 galaxy, 12 million light-years away, produces new stars in its center 10 times faster than the entire Milky Way.Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:00:00 +0000Blimp Christeninghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-29/blimp-christening/Goodyear introduced a new generation of blimp--the first redesign in nearly 70 years--into its fleet recently, with the christening of <i>Wingfoot One</i> at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company factory in Suffolk, Ohio. From the company's announcement: "The new blimp features advanced on-board avionics and flight control systems with the capability to travel at faster speeds and hover in place. The spacious passenger gondola will provide an enhanced in-flight experience with sweeping, panoramic windows." They'll add two more over the next four years, while phasing out their two older blimps. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Saturn's Many Moonshttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-27/saturns-many-moons/Saturn's moons Rhea and Epimetheus pass in front of the ringed planet. Rhea is 10 times larger than Epimetheus, and they are just two of 62 moons that have been discovered around Saturn -- only 53 of them have been officially named.Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000