Videos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the videosenThu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Alien Accents Marc Okrand talks to Associate Editor Chris Klimek about creating new languages for Star Trek. (Video: Paul Griffith and Martin Kelsey at the National Air and Space Museum.)Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Scientists are Developing Star Trek’s Phaser of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin lab. One high-energy laser beam, similar to the phaser from the series, can even track and destroy rockets. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Chinooks Build a Bridge with Massive Pieces of Cargo the end of the Bosnian War, U.S. CH-47 Chinooks are charged with a seemingly impossible mission: construct a makeshift bridge over icy waters with massive 12,000-lb. pieces. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Biggest Airlift in History Saved West Berlin break the Soviet blockade of West Berlin in 1948, General William Turner ordered his fleet of 225 C-54s to drop supplies into the city—around 35,000 tons of it a day. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000This is How a No-Fly Zone Actually Gets Enforced March 2011, the United States implemented a no-fly zone over Libya. To do so, they turned to the Boeing EA-18G Growler to disable enemy radars. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000This is How You Trick Enemy Missiles helicopters are dispatched to rescue a downed U.S. pilot, the escorting A-10 Warthogs are there for one purpose: to serve as decoys for Serbian missiles. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Alien Life Should be Rooted in Science, Not Stories Shostak, senior astronomer and director at the Center for SETI Research, shares why it’s important to approach the search for alien life from a scientist’s perspective—through evidence and data. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Minor Detail Caused This Plane’s Roof to Detach take-off, Aloha Airlines Flight 243’s roof inexplicably blew off. Here’s how a minor oversight almost caused this plane to crash.Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Miscommunication So Extreme it Crashed a Plane the flight recordings from United Airlines Flight 173’s cockpit, investigators notice a crew power dynamic that will change commercial flight forever. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Surviving a Plane Crash in the Swiss Alps McMahon is now the only living survivor of a 1946 plane crash in the Swiss Alps. Over 65 years later, she returns to the glacier where she was rescued. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Biggest Disaster to Hit the USS Enterprise was January 14, 1969. The Enterprise was en route to Vietnam when a rocket exploded on the flight deck. The blasts from fuel tanks, warheads, and 500-pound bombs killed 28 and injured more than 300. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000From the Wreckage attendant Lorraine Bay’s logbook was among the objects recovered from the wreckage of hijacked Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Moving giant plane parts down small French streets do you transport the pieces of the world’s biggest plane, the Airbus A380, to its assembly plant in Toulouse, France? The answer is as complex as the plane’s sophisticated design. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Eyewitness accounts from heroic Pentagon survivors physician David Tarantino rescued Pentagon employee Jerry Henson who was trapped in his office after a hijacked plane hit the Pentagon. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Which National Park draws 25 million visitors a year? National Mall attracts an unbelievable amount of visitors each year. Here’s what they come to see. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Your airline seat has suffered a lot of punishment seats are tested extensively to prepare them for their life aboard a plane. Once installed, it’s likely they’ll stay in service for up to 12 years. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Could Star Trek’s Invisibility Cloak Become a Reality? Star Trek, the Romulans possess a cloaking device that renders its ship, the Bird-of-Prey, invisible. Now, years later, a group of scientists may have found a way to turn this technology into reality. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How this man got 5 million air miles is insane man has figured out the secrets of airline miles, which means he can fly whenever he wants. But his methods are a bit extreme. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Drones are now being used to battle wildfires fire crew fighting a large blaze in Yosemite National Park lose contact with their command. Their only hope of survival is an aerial drone with an infrared camera sent out to find them. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Did this helicopter cause its own lightning strike? looking into a lightning strike that brought down a helicopter reach a startling conclusion: the chopper’s rotor blades may have actually caused the event. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000What airplane toilets do with your waste airplane toilet bowls rely on strong suction and Teflon-coated walls to flush—causing waste to accelerate through its pipes faster than a Formula One racecar. Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Blue Angels: Daredevil Entertainment at 700 mph just inches apart and battling extreme G-forces, the Navy’s prestigious Blue Angels wow crowds with their death-defying maneuvers.Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Most Surprising Artifacts: From Shuttle to Scrunchie the massive Space Shuttle Discovery to astronaut Pam Melroy’s hair scrunchie, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is home to all kinds of space exploration artifacts. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Building the Udvar-Hazy Center out what it takes to build a museum large enough to house 130 aircraft. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Aluminum May Have Collapsed the Twin Towers, a principal material used in planes, is softer, lighter, and more flexible than iron or steel. It could also be the reason the twin towers fell so quickly.Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Which State Looks the Most Like Mars? over Utah, it’s easy to imagine that you’ve left Earth and have stepped onto another planet. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Simulating a Plane Crash in the WindEEE Dome famous pilot Steve Fossett crashed into a mountain, it appeared he’d lost control of his plane. One team of scientists set out to test that theory in a cutting-edge wind tunnel facility. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Getting Curiosity on Mars Steltzner is a NASA engineer who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the phase lead and development manager for the landing systems that got NASA’s Curiosity Rover to Mars. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Search for a Missing Plane in the Vast Open Ocean hunt for MH370 was conducted over millions of square miles of the Indian Ocean. An inspector walks us through her successful investigation of a similar crash in 2009. Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000What We Do and Don’t Know about the MH370 Pilots from Malaysia 370 to rampant speculation, the pilots of MH370 have had the most minute details of their private lives dissected by the press. But which theories are actually plausible?Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are In-Flight Oxygen Generators Flammable? inspectors comb through ValuJet Flight 592’s cargo list and find an alarming irregularity: 144 empty oxygen canisters. Could they be the key to understanding this tragedy? Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The First Dog to fly to the North Pole her owner on his Arctic expeditions, Titina became the first dog to go to the North Pole. Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Projekt Lilienthal tests of a glider designed by Otto Lilienthal in the 1890s give engineers renewed respect for Germany's "Flying Man." (Video: DLR)Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How One Man’s Rage Sealed the Fate of 43 Plane Passengers murder aboard a commuter jet in December 1987 culminates in a catastrophic crash, bringing investigators from the NTSB and FBI together to search for answers. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966 policemen spotted a “flying saucer” in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gas. But some say that’s just what the government wanted us to believe. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Crown Jewel of America by Air first 747 in the Smithsonian’s World Class aviation collection wins by a nose as one of the largest objects displayed in the Smithsonian. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How MH370 Will Affect the Safety of Your Next Flight the wake of MH370’s disappearance, a number of new safety implements are being considered by the airline industry, including a self-ejecting black box. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000What’s the Fighter Pilot’s Rite of Passage? crews in the southwest Pacific depended on their planes for survival. But flight-time aside, pilots also decorated their aircraft as a way to escape the stresses of combat. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Attack on the USS Bunker Hill USS Bunker Hill experiences an entirely new kind of war. Without warning, two suicide bombers dive straight into the carrier, causing chaos and death. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Survivor’s Story only living member of the Hindenburg crew, Werner Franz, remembers the glory of the airship and the trauma of its fiery end. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why aircraft patrols were a source of fear for Nazi U-Boats U-boats were able to evade Allied warships, the odds were much lower with air patrols. Aircraft could force a submarine underwater quickly—and if it didn’t hide in time, the Nazi’s lethal weapon would soon become a coffin. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Do You Put Out a Plane on Fire? fire crews run constant drills to ensure they hit their time targets: two minutes to reach a burning plane and just 60 seconds to put out the flames. How they do it is incredible. Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sully Sullenberger’s Miracle on the Hudson “Sully” Sullenberger reveals what went through his mind when a flock of geese nearly brought down his plane and how he managed a successful crash-landing on the Hudson River.Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000This is What it Takes to Be an Air Traffic Controller Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, students in air traffic control endure a rigorous training process that typically lasts four to five years. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Tuskegee Airman Who Survived a Shredded Wing in Combat a 1951 mission, Colonel Charles McGee, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, was hit by gunfire over Korea. Despite damage to the left wing of his P-51 Mustang, he was miraculously able to fly it home. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Honey Bees are Crucial Employees at this Airport colony of almost 300,000 honeybees live just south of Frankfurt Airport. By testing the quality of their honey, scientists can determine the pollution levels in that area. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Hubble’s Discoveries, the sights this telescope has seen! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Terrorist’s Homemade Bomb Made it Past Security Airlines Flight 434 was headed to Tokyo when a bomb exploded on board, killing one passenger. How Ramzi Yousef, the terrorist who planted the explosive, made it past airport security is alarming. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Caused One of the Safest Planes to Crash? a flight from Chicago to Pittsburgh, US Air Flight 427 unexpectedly stalled and immediately crashed. Given the aircraft’s almost-flawless safety record, investigators struggle to find strong evidence to determine its cause.Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The World’s Only Flying Observatory may look like a normal plane, but NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a one-of-a-kind Special Performance 747, equipped with a 17-ton telescope. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to tune up a jumbo jet engine with 20,000 parts engine of an Airbus A380 Superjumbo jet is huge, made up of 20,000 components that can summon up to 70,000 pounds of thrust. Replacing it is no small task.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Plane Crash that Claimed Three Rock Legends death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper in an Iowa cornfield became known as “The Day the Music Died” after the 1971 Don McLean song. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Physicists Try to Make Star Trek’s Warp Drive a Reality Star Trek, an anti-matter warp drive allows the Enterprise starship to travel the universe effortlessly, but is this faster-than-light propulsion system actually possible? Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Manchester United’s Darkest Day February 6, 1958, a plane carrying the “Busby Babes,” the Manchester United football team, crashed on its third attempt to take off.Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Brains behind Star Trek fan Gene Roddenberry was a freelance writer with a futuristic vision. He had high hopes for his script about a peacekeeping spaceship seeking new life forms. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are Terrorists Targeting Civilian Planes with Stolen Arms? the fall of Iraq, millions of dollars’ worth of arms were stolen by hostile factions. Some of these missiles now pose a major threat to civilian airlines. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Remaking an Airport Runway Is Incredibly Hard an airport runway is a grueling and precise job. And because of possible disruption to flights, the work has to be done at breakneck speeds. See the painstaking process up close. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why the DC-3 Continues to Fly Decades After World War II of years after its service in World War II, the DC-3 continues to be used with distinction, now for civil aviation. Two reasons: its affordability and reliability. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Drug-Sniffing Dogs Search Your Checked Luggage Airport has 34 highly-trained sniffer dogs who can detect seven different types of illegal drugs. They work quickly before each flight, covering 40 pieces of luggage in just 100 seconds. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Was this North Korean Missile Attack Real? an SR-71 Blackbird is detected by a North Korean radar, the crew receive a “fake missile” response. Or at least that’s what they think. Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feet are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test in a simulated, pressurized plane. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Maverick of Flying Cars Maverick, a flying car that looks like a buggy with a parachute, was built to make the remotest regions of the world more accessible.Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Most Dangerous Place on the Planet standing 10 feet away from 43 planes and a collection of 2,000 pound bombs. Now imagine working there for months at a time. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Wingsuit Flying: The Most Extreme Sport of All? flying is famous for two things: a sense of thrill that’s hard to match in any other sport, and a terrifyingly high death rate. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000This SR-71 Pilot Free Fell from the Edge of Space test pilot Bill Weaver crashed, he thought he had died. It turns out he was falling from the edge of outer space, after his SR-71 Blackbird spy plane disintegrated at 79,000 feet. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Astronauts’ Story, Ron Howard’s Apollo 13 13 was nominated for nine Academy Awards, but for director Ron Howard, the real test was showing the film to the astronauts themselves. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Past, Present, and Future of Stealth can a plane be invisible to radar? From the original idea of making planes that wouldn’t reflect radar to groundbreaking ideas for the future, we trace the progression of stealth technology. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000This is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosion more than 405,000 American casualties and Japan rejecting unconditional surrender, the United States begins testing the atomic bomb in New Mexico. This is some of the only footage recorded of these powerful tests. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000What It Was Like to Parachute into Enemy Fire in WWII “Bud” Rice, a WWII veteran, recounts the harrowing experience of parachuting out of a C-47 under German fire on the eve of D-Day. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Your Nationality Says About Your Airport Spending Frankfurt Airport, retail sales are analyzed by passengers’ nationalities. That’s how they know Chinese flyers spend more than five times the average passenger in their stores. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Space Shuttle Discovery lands at the Smithsonian historic journey from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center marks the end of an era of space travel. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why the A-10 Warthog is a Ground Soldier’s Best Friend you’re a soldier surrounded by enemy troops, there’s only one plane you want coming to your rescue: the A-10 Warthog.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Mining For Minerals in Space building a resupply station in low Earth orbit, to mining minerals on nearby asteroids, private enterprise is already planning moneymaking missions to space. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Stunning Footage of a Kubong Gliding Through the Trees, also known as colugos, are by fair the most skillful and powerful of the forest gliders. With a single leap, they can travel over 100 meters. Here’s one in action. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Aerial America: Ohio: The Home of the Wright Brothers their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, the Wright brothers made aviation history with their Model B flyer. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Strange History of the Jet Pack, and Where It’s Heading jet packs were first revealed in 1961, they quickly captured the public’s imagination. Its design hasn’t varied much since it debuted, but one man is looking to change that. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000F-15 vs. Alien Tripod: Who Would Win? would happen if a 1,000-foot-tall alien tripod faced off with an F-15 fighter jet? Would the aircraft’s state-of-the-art missiles be any match for this monster’s powerful death ray? Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Apache vs. Dragon: Who Would Win? mythic dragon takes on a lethal AH-64 Apache helicopter. Will a laser-guided missile, chain gun, or warhead have any effect on this fire-breathing legend? Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Do Your Checked Bags Actually Get on the Plane? bags usually make the same journey you do. But before they’ve even boarded, they’re in for a six-mile automated trip through the bowels of the airport. Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Did you know assault drones were used in WWII?’s 1944, and the U.S. has a new weapon against the Japanese: a remote-controlled assault drone with a video link and the ability to carry a bomb. Here’s what it looks like in action.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Unexpected Flying Machines doesn’t look like a plane or sound like a plane, but it flies! Discover what it takes to make a lawnmower fly. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Juno Arrives at Jupiter timeline of events for the Juno spacecraft&rsquo;s critical Jupiter Orbit Insertion on July 4, 2016. Note: All times are U.S. Eastern time. (Video created using <a href="" target="_blank">NASA&rsquo;s Eyes Visualization tool</a>)Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Amelia Earhart’s Memorial Is Best Seen from the Air of Amelia Earhart and the first commercially produced plane in the country, Kansas has earned its reputation as the capital of flight.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Huntsville’s Secret Space Program’s legacy of space exploration began with a Nazi rocket scientist and a secret government mission called Operation Paperclip.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000The First Female African American Pilot Coleman wanted to fly, and she wouldn’t take no for an answer. As the first African American woman with a pilot’s license, she proved her skill as a stunt pilot. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000America's Hangar: Restoration Project last surviving example of its type, this Heinkel 219 is in the hands of Smithsonian’s restoration experts. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Plane Was About to Crash. Why Didn’t It? Los Angeles, China Airlines Flight 006 nosedives toward the Pacific as one of its engines fails. Miraculously, the plane recovers just in the nick of time. What saved it?Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Race Against the Clock large airports like Frankfurt’s, there is one building you’ll probably never see inside, until now. Take a peek at the Animal Lounge, which hosts 300,000 traveling pets and animals each day. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Pilot Risks His Career to Report a UFO a pilot, filing a UFO report can potentially hurt one’s career. That didn’t stop the captain of Aurigny Flight 544 from reporting what he saw en route to Alderney.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Air Warriors: The B-52 B-52 Stratofortress is affectionately known as the B.U.F.F., or Big, Ugly, Fat Fellow. Whatever you call it, the B-52 is one imposing beast of a bomber, stretching 159 feet, capable of flying nearly 9,000 miles in a single trip, and able to carry up to 70,000 pounds of weapons at a time.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Forest Flight Down Down an Alaskan Plane Crash in the Wilderness. When the National Transportation and Safety Board office in Alaska first hears about a plane going down, protocol is to begin gathering information: how bad the crash is, the number of survivors, and where exactly the wreckage is located. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000