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Richard Whitcomb changed the shape of wings to come.
July 2002 | By Peter Garrison
An accident blamed on the catch-all "pilot error" could have a single preventable cause.
July 2002 | By Stephan Wilkinson
Seeing off the astronauts is one of NASA's most prestigious jobs, and one of the most demanding.
July 2002 | By Beth Dickey
Aerospace celebrities talk about the flights that changed their lives.
July 2002 | By Phil Scott
It took 28 seconds for USAir Flight 427 to plummet from the sky. It took the National Transportation Safety Board five years to figure out why.
July 2002 | By Bill Adair
July 2002 | By Thomas D. Jones
Exhilaration, fear, surprise, and fun: spaceflight, according to the astronauts.
May 2002 | By The Editors of Air&Space Magazine
We've done the moon. Mars is too far. There's a better destination in our own back yard.
May 2002 | By Thomas D. Jones
May 2002 | By Major Arthur Tomassetti
March 2002 | By Stuart Nixon
At the USAF Fighter Weapons School in 1957, the instructors were mean, but the aircraft were meaner.
January 2002 | By Robert A. Hanson
What 9/11 looked like from one airliner’s cockpit.
January 2002 | By Anonymous
January 2002 | By Stuart Nixon
The fight is on for the chance to build the world's most advanced space telescope.
November 2001 | By Ben Iannotta
The Diamond is the only one of its kind ever built.
November 2001 | By Becki Bell
Breathes there the pilot with soul so dead who never to himself hath said, "I bet I can fly under that bridge"?
November 2001 | By Phil Scott
They torpedoed enemy ships during World War II. Now they fight fire.
November 2001 | By Marshall Lumsden
November 2001 | By Diane Tedeschi
November 2001 | By Tom Pinardo, as told to Vincent Czaplyski
A fighter pilot, his escort, and one hell of a coincidence.
September 2001 | By John Fleischman