Videos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the videosenThu, 12 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 -0000Ospreys quickly take down a Taliban warlord a small Afghan village is overtaken by a warlord, four Osprey carry 100+ Marines to deal with the situation. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Remembering Space Shuttle Columbia January 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia launched with a crew of seven on a two-week mission. On the return flight, damaged heat shields allowed gas to penetrate the wing, and the spacecraft was destroyed. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview with the Expert: Katie Moore educator Katie Moore is teaching Smithsonian visitors to see the skies in a whole new light. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Osprey pilot’s critical combat gear at the National Air and Space Museum were thrilled when a former Marine Corps officer, Captain “Leash” Dwyer, generously donated his gear and other personal items from his time in combat. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Testing the Airbus A380 first test flight of a new plane is always a risky and unpredictable event. More so when that plane was the Airbus A380—then the largest passenger aircraft in the world. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000A spacewalker’s emergency lifejacket Bruce McCandless was the first man to test NASA’s Manned Maneuvering Unit or MMU. In 1984, he floated alone in space for almost six hours before returning safely to the spacecraft. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Nolinor 737 prevents gravel from crashing its engines “vortex dissipator” sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. In fact, it’s a sophisticated gravel protection device, used in planes like the Nolinor 737 that protects the engine from being destroyed on the runway. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Was this plane engulfed in St. Elmo’s fire? British Airways Flight 9 works its way across the Indian Ocean, mysterious glowing lights appeared on the windshield and engines of the plane. Was this St. Elmo’s fire, a rare weather phenomenon?Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Yellowstone by air National Park is home to the largest concentration of geysers in the world. Get a bird’s-eye view of these prehistoric geysers. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000What some of the most important Civil Rights sites look like from the air. Civil Rights movement was defined by seismic events taking place in the South: the murder of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks refusing to leave her bus seat, and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Selma-to-Montgomery march. Here, we revisit the sites from the sky. Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The only live news report from the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, an NBC radio affiliate in Honolulu made an urgent phone call to New York. In the call, the reporter begins to describe what the world would later know as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Adapting to the times a workhorse for the Red Army, the Antonov 124’s new gig has it hauling freight as a commercial cargo plane. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why did this flight crash? Listen to its engine… listening to cockpit recordings taken before Air Florida Flight 90 crashed, investigators can assess the sounds of the plane’s engines. The results are telling. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The flying hospital giant airliner was converted from a passenger plane into a fully functional medical center. Now this high-tech eye hospital serves developing communities around the world. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Water bombers do battle a World War II military cargo plane, this mighty plane has a new mission: putting out raging forest fires. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Flying into Hurricane Sandy P-3 Orion is able to withstand 200 mph winds and multiple lightning strikes as it gathers information that helps predict the storm movements of Hurricane Sandy.Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000The invisible iceberg test his groundbreaking theory that a mirage could be to blame for the Titanic disaster, Tim Maltin heads to the desert to learn how air temperature could have hidden an iceberg. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000The light feuds proving himself with his reflecting telescope, Isaac Newton sent his groundbreaking work on light and colors to the Royal Society, and began a nasty personal feud with Robert Hooke. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Hidden in the sand almost no archeological evidence of the Great Arab Revolt, researchers take to the air to get a new perspective on the timeworn battlegrounds. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Astrology school dropout supposedly learned astrology as a part of studying the zodiac man for his medical degree, but the records reveal that he was expelled from school soon after enrolling. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000The law behind the Great Plains’ giant square plots you fly over the Great Plains today, giant squares of land immediately stand out. Many of these are the 160-acre plots forged out of the prairie by 19th-century pioneers, a legacy of the Homestead Act of 1862. Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000