Videos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the videosenFri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The world’s largest radio telescope Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East Asia. With its 66 antennas sitting 16,400 feet above sea level, ALMA gives us an incredible view of the universe. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000A gas station flying in the clouds the delicate, midair meeting between the Omega 707, an aerial refueling tanker, and a fighter jet. This kind of precise flying is when a pilot’s skills are truly tested. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Fighting an insurgent uprising from the sky 2007, Baghdad was on the precipice of being overtaken by insurgents. The U.S. military used their Apache helicopters to fight back. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Do warplanes have their own gas stations? the Gulf War, the U.S. military needed to create a refueling station in the desert for their aircraft. Where they decided to place it was very risky. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Alarming Silence must run through hundreds of small steps in order to make a plane fly; forgetting just one of the steps on the checklist could mean disaster. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tight squeeze in a mighty plane you’re claustrophobic, this is not the job for you. Learn why it pays to be the little guy when lining the fuel cells of this plane. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Easy Company’s First Assault paratrooper’s jump into enemy territory was a disaster. For Easy Company paratrooper Buck Compton, the mission into occupied Normandy started off disastrously. It was his first ever combat jump and he’d lost his equipment bag on the way down, all with thousands of German bullets whizzing by. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview with the Expert: Carla Dove Dove’s area of expertise is ornithology. As a forensic ornithologist she aims to make the skies a safer place for birds and planes. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000An extremely risky rescue mission in enemy territory the coast of Libya, U.S. Marines receive word that an F-15 fighter pilot has crashed behind enemy lines. To save him, they turn to the Boeing V-22 Osprey for the dangerous mission. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000ALMA reveals planets born earlier than we thought 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years away. What he found proved that planets formed billions of years earlier than what scientists originally calculated. Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The daring plan to steal Nazi radar technology 1941, a British parachute regiment consisting of 120 men set off toward Bruneval on the northern coast of occupied France. Their mission: to steal German radar secrets. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The largest ski aircraft in the world mighty plane has skis, and for good reason: It spends six months at the North Pole and six months at the South Pole each year.Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek’s Tricorder years after the show aired, Star Trek’s fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventors to create one quickly. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Parachuting in WWII was a terrifying experience the early days of WWII, parachuting involved jumping through a narrow three-foot hole in the fuselage floor. Then soldiers had to pray their parachutes, linked to the aircraft by a strap, would open. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 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 unhdeard-of move in 1968. For black women all over the country, it redefined the notions of which careers were possible. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview with the Expert: Sharon Wilson Purdy planetary geologist Sharon Wilson Purdy, life on earth sparked an interest in life on Mars. Her ongoing research could one day answer the question: Is there life on Mars? Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Burning $350,000 worth of fuel in 500 seconds NASA tests their powerful J-2X rocket engines—burning an Olympic-sized swimming pool worth of fuel every second—the test comes with a hefty price tag of $350,000. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Perfecting the approach of pilot training is landing on rocky terrain. Perfecting the procedure will be crucial in the dangerous terrain of Afghanistan. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Becoming a hurricane hunter the P-3 Orion Kermit, a 1960s military aircraft that has been transformed into the ultimate storm chaser. See what makes it a marvel of endurance. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What the Oregon Trail Looks Like Today From Above of America’s greatest highways is barely visible from the ground. It’s only from the air that you can pick out the remains of the Oregon Trail. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Air Travel Was a Party, and They Were the Hosts the development of better flight technology, commercial air travel received an unprecedented boom in the 1960s. But to fully sell the glamour of flying, the airlines needed these women on board. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Balancing the Belly of a Giant Plane loading thousands of pounds of heavy cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III, it’s important to maintain the plane’s center of gravity. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Duct Tape and Ingenuity Save the Day like in the movie, the survival of the real Apollo 13 astronauts depended on figuring out how to fit a square filter into a round hole. The key was duct tape. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Did Halley’s Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity? attribute the spread of Christianity in Ireland to St. Patrick. But medieval history and scientific evidence dating back to 540 A.D. hint at a more cosmic reason. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why the Truth About Area 51 May Not Be “Out There” the thought of Area 51 conjures images of alien corpses and crashed UFOs. One expert, however, believes the truth about the mysterious site is much more mundane.Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Pilot Didn’t Know Left From Right captain’s instruments were working when Crossair Flight 498 crashed, but he didn’t understand what they were telling him. How could a qualified pilot confuse left for right? Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Plummeting Over 12,000 Feet Per Minute recovered galley of Air France Flight 447 reveals that the aircraft was flattened when it hit the Atlantic Ocean. It also points to a startling case of pilot error. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Remote Weather Cameras Are Saving Graces For Alaskan Pilots pilots in Alaska, knowing in advance what weather they’ll face can be a matter of life and death. Fortunately, remote camera installations now deliver vital weather intel in real time. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Three Kinds of Close Encounters the head of the U.S. Air Force’s official UFO investigation, Dr. Hynek was supposed to use his classification system to debunk so-called “close encounters.” Instead, he became a true believer.Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Pilot Let a Child Fly the Plane? inspecting the 1994 crash of Aeroflot Flight 593, investigators detect a child’s voice on the black box recording. Was a kid flying the plane when it went down? Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Collision Course: Two Planes on One Path is a basic concept in aviation that every pilot must obey. But what happens when they don’t? Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000One of the Most Intense Aerial and Naval Bombardments World War II, the 1945 attack on Balikpapan was described as “hell on earth” by those who witnessed it. This rare footage shows the epic scale of the assault, in which 3,000 tons of aerial bombs and 46,800 naval ammunitions were used. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Vintage Tuskegee Airplane flown only by nostalgic young pilots, one of the old-fashioned, low-tech World War II airplanes used by the first Tuskegee Airmen has been fully restored and dubbed “Spirit of Tuskegee.” Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -000016 Sunsets a Day you're traveling on board a space shuttle, you'll have no shortage of picturesque views; as the shuttle orbits around Earth, the sun rises and sets 16 times a day!Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Fighter Plane Powerful Enough to Destroy a Satellite in Space the midst of the Cold War, the U.S. began to develop anti-satellite aircrafts to combat Russia’s vast space expansion. This F-15 footage from 1985 is the first time they succeeded.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Three Types of Food You Can Take to Space the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Skylab 4 commander Gerald Carr visits the duplicate of the spacecraft he once called home. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000High-Risk Fighter Pilot Training on the High Seas supersonic fighter jets and their top gun pilots make the USS Nimitz the most lethal warship in the world. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Man’s Job is Inspecting Millions of Airport Fish the Frankfurt Airport’s more unique roles is that of “fish handler.” His job is to check the oxygen level and water clarity of the millions of live fish in transit. Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Actual Footage of Desert Storm’s First Apache Strikes clear the way for the first airstrikes of the Gulf War, eight Apache helicopters had to covertly destroy Iraqi radar sites. This is a first-hand view of how their mission went down. Thu, 01 Sep 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. Wed, 31 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 -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 -0000