Photos | Air & Space Magazinehttp://www.airspacemag.com/rss/photos/RSS feed for the photosenMon, 20 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 +0000A Very Visible Cold Fronthttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-25/very-visible-cold-front/In May an unseasonable cold front hit the East Coast, dropping buckets of rain that caused flash flooding from Massachusetts to Florida. This image, taken by the GOES-13 weather satellite, shows that cold front moving across the East Coast on its way into the Atlantic Ocean. Another cold front, south of the Great Lakes, shows another cold front on the way. GOES-13 sits above the U.S. in geostationary orbit, moving in perfect synchronization with the Earth so that from the ground it seems as though it never moves. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000A B-52 Gets a Showerhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-22/b-52-gets-shower/Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Introducing Future Martianhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-20/introducing-future-martian/NASA's Michael Meyer, the lead scientist of the Mars Exploration Program, shows off its Mars 2020 rover. Though built on the same platform and using many of the same systems as the famous Curiosity Rover currently rolling across the Red Planet, the Mars 2020 Rover will bring newer, more sophisticated scientific instruments to Mars, providing scientists a wealth of new data.Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Meet the New Kidhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-18/meet-new-kid/Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The Last Phantomhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-15/last-phantom/One of the last flying McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms lands at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Though the U.S. Air Force has long since retired the F-4 from service, they are regularly pulled from storage and restored as unmanned flying targets. Though stored at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, they are converted into targets elsewhere, and so for a brief period are the crewed fighter aircraft they once were. This particular F-4 is being used as a chase plane, tailing its replacement, the Lockheed Martin QF-16: There are so few restorable F-4s left at Davis-Monthan that the military is replacing it with old Lockheed Martin F-16s, just as F-16s once replaced F-4s in active service.Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Flying While Standing Stillhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-13/flying-while-standing-still/Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The Icing on the Cakehttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-11/icing-cake/Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The New Dawn Patrolhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-08/new-dawn-patrol/Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) - more colloquially called 'drones' - at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. A General Atomics MQ-1B awaits takeoff at dawn as its larger cousin the MQ-9 takes the runway. The UAVs are controlled by nearby pilots during taxi, takeoff and landing, but while airborne they can be piloted from anywhere on Earth via satellite link. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Douglas B-26 Over Koreahttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-06/douglas-b-26-over-korea/A Douglas A-26 bombs a rail yard outside occupied Kunsan, South Korea, during the Korean War. The A-26 design dates from World War II; though the post-war era saw rapid adoption of new technologies, many World War II-vintage aircraft were taken out of storage for Korea.Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000The Oshkosh Parking Lothttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-04/oshkosh-parking-lot/The typical parking lot at Air Venture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For a brief period each year, Oshkosh's sleepy Wittman Regional becomes the busiest airport in the world. Wittman and nearby airfields quickly run out of parking space, filled by nearly everything from rare warbirds to humble Cessnas.Mon, 04 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000Hot Act at Oshkoshhttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-01/hot-act-oshkosh/Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:51:23 +0000Where's Reverse On This Thing?http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-08-01/Harriers_cant_go_backwards/A Boeing AV-8B Harrier is pushed back aboard the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) in preparation for takeoff. Like a commercial jetliner needs outside help to push back from the terminal, the Harrier needs help getting to takeoff position at the back of the ship. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000A Stellar Stellar Nursery http://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-07-28/stellar-stellar-nursery/The Orion Nebula has been imaged countless times, but this is by far one of the best results we've come across. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100508114861031&set=a.10100508114851051.1073741827.49009487&type=1">Ryan Hannahoe</a> and Salvatore Grasso created it with a 16-inch telescope from the Perez Observatory in Mayhill, New Mexico. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000Milestone Earth Viewinghttp://www.airspacemag.com/photo-contest/2014-07-25/milestone-earth-viewing/This view of the Sao Simao Reservoir in Brazil was the 300,000th image downlinked from the International Space Station.Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000