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Discover Air & Space articles about the people who have shaped the history of flight – and those who will shape its future.
Robert “Hoot” Gibson’s priorities: (1) Fly. (2) Fly some more.
May 2009 | By Robin White
May 2009 | By Peter M. Cleland
Meet J.T. Bachmann, the first USMC pilot to fly the Joint Strike Fighter.
April 09, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
In 1959, a group of military pilots became Astronaut Heroes overnight, and created an American icon that survives to this day.
April 07, 2009 | By Matthew Hersch
All the aircraft the legendary pilot has ever flown.
March 17, 2009 | By Robert L. Gibson
The son of famed airshow pilot Sean Tucker follows in his father’s smoke trails.
March 17, 2009 | By Jill Michaels
It’s not just a problem for astronauts anymore.
March 09, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
Meet the first commercial rocketship pilots.
March 2009 | By Michael Belfiore
In space no one can hear you sing.
March 2009 | By Michael Cassutt
Chesley Sullenberger talks about That Day, his advice for young pilots, and hitting the ditch button (or not).
February 18, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
A top Soviet-era test pilot talks about his favorite MiGs and his friend Yuri Gagarin.
January 22, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
The truth behind the tall tales of Hubert Fauntleroy Julian.
January 2009 | By David Shaftel
From five witnesses came a family tradition to honor the moment the airplane was born.
January 2009 | By Tom Crouch
If you really want to know the planet, flip through Mike Malin’s photo album.
January 2009 | By Andrew Chaikin
Red Whittaker’s rovers have already gone where no robot has gone before. Will one of them make it to the moon?
January 2009 | By Geoffrey Little
Portraits of female pilots
December 19, 2008 | By Rebecca Maksel
Sending Apollo 8 to the moon was a risky mix of cold war politics, bravery, and the faith of one man, George Low, in his engineers.
December 19, 2008 | By Michael Klesius
A small malfunction lands three astronauts on Russia’s version of the Red Planet.
November 2008 | By Don Pettit
The next lunar explorers will soon report to Houston. Are some already there?
November 2008 | By Michael Cassutt
How tossing paper airplanes guided the career of an aerospace engineer.
November 2008 | By Giles Lambertson