Videos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the videosenThu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000From Aerial America: How did a grizzly bear get on California’s flag? more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, the local Mexican authorities regarded them with suspicion. This would set off a chain of events culminating in the Bear Flag Revolt. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road mountains were no match for Daniel Boone. When he was hired by a wealthy businessman to forge a trail through the Cumberland Gap, he emerged on the other side of the mountain two weeks later. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Aerial America: Amazing Destinations volcanoes of HawaiiThu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Pearl Harbor veteran tells his harrowing story of survival Ganitch, a U.S. sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor, was gearing up for a football game on December 7, 1941, when enemy planes appeared in the sky. He recounts the rest of that horrific day and how he narrowly survived. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Death in the Arctic plane landing in Arctic conditions ends in tragedy. It should have been a routine landing for First Air Flight 6560 at Canada’s Resolute Bay Airport, despite the harsh Arctic conditions. It instead turned into a mysterious disasters. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Ospreys Over Afghanistan and writer Ed Darack hops in an MV-22 Osprey along with U.S. Marines in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The action starts in a rocky, remote combat outpost (COP) called the Castle, then switches to a rolling takeoff from a paved airfield at Camp Bastion. The Ospreys then climb over agricultural areas to the Helmand River Valley. As the Tiltrotor reaches altitude, the view through its starboard window shows its engine nacelle switching from the vertical mode used for takeoff to an efficient horizontal orientation for level flight, as the hum of the Rolls-Royce engine changes pitch. Pilots point to a hole in the clouds used as a visual flight reference. As the Ospreys reach a machine gun range, the gunner loads and readies the .50 caliber and blasts away. The Ospreys land at another remote COP before touching down at the bustling Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar City, home to fighters and heavy transports. Video: Ed DarackMon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Two women who lost families in the same plane crash meet after the DC-9 AeroMexico flight crashed in 1986, Mary Wong knew her husband and two sons hadn’t survived. At the memorial service for the passengers, she approached a woman going through the same turmoil and built a lifelong friendship with her. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000The legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen first African-American pilots ever inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps recall how much has changed since they joined in 1942. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Witness to disaster Coleman describes watching the Hindenburg burst into flames and passengers throwing their belongings, their children, and themselves from the windows of the burning ship. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Lost in fog, a plane crashes upside down commuter flight coming into Cork, Ireland, is cleared to land after a thick fog begins to lift. As the pilots start their descent, disaster strikes and the plane begins to roll. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000A flight attendant realizes no one is flying the plane the midst of a crisis, a startled flight attendant on Helios Flight 522 follows his training for depressurization: Put your oxygen mask on and wait for instructions from the cockpit. Little did he know, those instructions would never come. Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Hope for One Nation, Pain and Suffering for the Other President Truman informed the public of the Hiroshima bombing, hope began to return to the United States. At the same time, the scale of devastation it wrought was just starting to become clear in Japan. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000What a Broom Tied to a Periscope Means February 7, 1943, the USS Wahoo sailed proudly into Pearl Harbor, a broom tied to her periscope. It was a nod to an old Naval tradition signifying a clean sweep of all enemies. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Putting a Disposable Vietnam-Era Rocket Launcher to the Test Vietnam veteran introduces "Weapon Hunter" host Paul Shull to the M72 LAW shoulder-fired rocket launcher—a single-use weapon that can penetrate armor as thick as seven inches. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Harrowing Accounts from Hiroshima Survivors an American B-29 dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the explosion instantly killed tens of thousands of people and left many wounded. These survivors recount the horrific aftermath. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Accident or Assassination? plane carrying government officials back to Mexico City suddenly begins to plummet. Despite the pilots’ desperate efforts, it looks likely it will crash into a crowded city street. Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Bat Bot CaltechWed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000“Determination of Azimuth” from a May 2015 production of the rock opera about NASA's "human computers." (Video: Baltimore Rock Opera Society)Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Death of JFK, Jr. distracting radio issue, a hazy night, and a new pilot unsure of his instruments: According to investigators, these were some of the possible factors that led to John F. Kennedy Jr.’s tragic plane crash. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How the crash of Flight 4590 destroyed the Concorde’s mystique Concorde was a status symbol for the world’s elite travelers. But the horrific 2000 crash of Flight 4590 marked a turning point for this iconic aircraft. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Flyover Ends in Flames months of publicity and promotion, pilot Michel Asseline finally gets the chance to show off the Airbus A320. But instead of ending in applause, his flyover ends in flames. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Cutting a Landing Zone Under Fire Firefight: Slicing through a canopy of bamboo, two pilots make a dangerous attempt to cut their own landing zone in order to save soldiers under fire. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Flying Blind, Again years after he flew through white-out conditions on a rescue mission in the glaciers of South Georgia, Ian Stanley comes out of retirement to do it all over again. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Under Fire and Closing In dangerously low on fuel and under enemy fire, the helicopter crew has only a few brief minutes to seek out their hidden enemy and put an end to the attack. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Houston, We Have a Problem the routine landing of a one-hour flight from Laredo to Houston, the plane suddenly falls from the sky. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Speed Kills fierce African fish eagles to moth-snatching bats, these intense animal take-downs highlight the incredible speed and precision of our favorite winged predators.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000It’s raining dummies! developed in 1949, Sierra Sam is considered the grandfather of all modern crash test dummies. But he was more useful falling from a plane than being thrown from a car.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -00009/11: Stories in Fragments John Harrington talks about the rare Pentagon photographs that he donated to the Smithsonian. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000The surprising reason birds first grew feathers birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flight. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Black Hawk rescue mission in peril this Black Hawk crew’s first attempt at rescuing a critically wounded soldier in Afghanistan, their aircraft quickly becomes a target. With a life on the line, the crew thinks of another strategy to bring the wounded soldier to safety. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols on Lt. Uhura’s Impact Trek’s decision to cast Nichelle Nichols, an African American woman, as a major character on the show was an almost unheard-of move in 1968. For black women all over the country, it redefined the notions of which careers were possible. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000The tremendous fallout from the IFO-21 air crash 150 interviews, a 7,000-page report, and countless censures and demotions, the legacy of USAF IFO-21 is that it compelled the Air Force to fundamentally alter its safety protocols. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000The birthplace of the atomic bomb 1942, 1,000 families were pushed out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as part of the Manhattan Project—the U.S. government’s top-secret initiative to engineer an atomic bomb. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How the largest bird of all time stayed airborne a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well? It relied on two key factors: a light frame and an ability to soar with the ocean currents. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why the biggest airport hangars aren’t for planes biggest airport hangars are reserved for ground vehicles that have a 17-ton chassis and twin 16L engines. They’re built to shunt a fully loaded jet—40 times heavier than they are—around the airport. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How they caught the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapper wooden ladder used in the abduction of the Lindbergh baby became a key piece of evidence when a wood expert managed to trace one of the ladder’s rungs back to a missing floorboard in the suspect’s home. Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How 12 seconds could have prevented this plane crash the 2005 crash landing of Air France Flight 358 in Toronto, investigators sort through the wreckage for answers. They find no obvious mechanical fault with the plane, leading them to believe the cause was much simpler. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The perfect reptile-bird hybrid definitely looks the part had strong feathers, bony jaws and teeth, and a tail with a line of bone running down its legs. Physically, it was exactly half-reptile, half-bird. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Violently losing control over the Grand Canyon an experienced crew in the cockpit, why did United Airlines Flight 718’s pilots lose complete control high above one of the country’s most dramatic landmarks? Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000A crucial step to landing on the moon Neil Armstrong could walk on the moon, astronauts Jim McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart, and David Scott had to successfully test the lunar landing module in space. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the fastest animal on Earth attacks its prey Peregrine falcon is not your average avian predator. When hunting, this remarkable bird will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its prey abruptly at speeds of up to 242 mph. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000