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North American F-107A
July 2010 | By Stephan Wilkinson
Why families still travel in Wacos.
June 2010 | By John Fleischman
The daughter of a WASP tells her mother's tale.
June 16, 2010 | By The Editors
The two-seat biplane looks somewhat flimsy. Sure, it was cutting-edge in 1909 when the Wrights demonstrated it for the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Meyer. But how would it fare during World War II?Fortunately, the Wright Military Flyer never had to compete in any dogfights. But it did travel from...
June 14, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
To mark this year's 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force Museum has begun initial planning for a new exhibition building, tentatively called the Battle of Britain Beacon.The 350-foot-tall structure (taller than Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, and the United States Capitol...
June 01, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
For the Memorial Day weekend, an assortment of news from the world of air and space:► The field of hypersonic flight has a new record: The Air Force's X-51A Waverider reached Mach 5 in a 200-second scramjet engine burn over the Pacific on Wednesday. Video below:► What looked at first like a sma...
May 28, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
The risk to airplanes from the recent eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland was more than just the danger of jet engines shutting down in flight. The ash could also have led to long-term damage that's harder to spot. After a NASA DC-8 flew through a volcanic ash cloud in 2000, researchers...
May 27, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
The Air Force's X-51A Waverider is being readied for its first hypersonic test flight on Tuesday, May 25. If all goes well, the scramjet-powered vehicle will fly for five minutes and hit Mach 6 before coming down into the ocean off the California coast. Project engineers hope to collect lots of dat...
May 21, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
The former Air Force historian asks, "Can anyone dispute that I had the most interesting job in the entire Air Force?"
May 2010 | By Perry Turner
Close-up photographs of the legendary World War II aircraft.
May 18, 2010 | By The Editors
The memoirs of legendary ace Robin Olds.
May 17, 2010 | By The Editors
A team of photographers captures Discovery's long journey to the launch pad.
May 17, 2010 | By The Editors
A reader tips us off to the restoration of a rare bird.
May 17, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
May 2010 | By Roger A. Mola
The space shuttle's exhaust trail makes for a lovely sight on an April morning.
May 11, 2010 | By Michael Klesius
May 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
Attention, turbojet-heads: Turner Classic Movies airs "The Sound Barrier" at 8 p.m. EST Friday, May 7. The 1952 film, directed by David Lean, plays fast and loose with aerodynamics and aviation history, but it offers fine footage of a de Havilland Comet and a Supermarine Swift interceptor, a number...
May 07, 2010 | By Pat Trenner
NASA’s new launch abort system just passed a major test. But what booster and capsule will use it?
May 06, 2010 | By Michael Klesius
What springs to mind when thinking of the Humvee? Its sleek, aerodynamic lines? Well, no. But that didn't stop DARPA from announcing (in a 58-page proposal) its plans for combining an SUV-type ground vehicle with Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) capabilities. In other words, a flying Humvee.DAR...
May 04, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
May 2010 | By Robert M. White as told to Al Hallonquist