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March 2010 | By Norvin C. Evans
One of the most versatile aircraft of the Vietnam War appears on the verge of a comeback.
March 2010 | By William E. Burrows
In 1930s Chicago, at the corner of 87th Street and Harlem Avenue, Cornelius Coffey made aviation history.
March 2010 | By Giles Lambertson
March 2010 | By Larry E. Tise
How does it feel to eject from an aircraft going nearly 800 miles per hour?Terrible.But test pilot George Smith managed to survive his harrowing ordeal on this day in 1955, after bailing out of an F-100A diving at Mach 1.05 toward the ocean. As recounted in TIME magazine months later, the 40-g dece...
February 26, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
When Marlon Green wanted a flying job with Continental Airlines more than 50 years ago, the company wouldn't give him the time of day. Now they've named an airplane after him.Green, who died last year at the age of 80, had to take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court to get hired as the first Afric...
February 19, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
For NASA's flying corps, it looks like 1975 all over again.
February 05, 2010 | By Matthew Hersch
January 2010 | By Preston Lerner
Forty years ago today, Boeing's 747 Jumbo Jet made its commercial debut on Pan American's New York-to-London route.The flight didn't go exactly as advertised. The widebody's 352 passengers and 20 crew members sat on the runway for two hours, waiting to take off from Kennedy Airport, before Captain ...
January 21, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
What World War II fighter was a product of the Nutmeg State?
January 2010 | By James Wynbrandt
So warns Pride Aircraft in its advertisement offering a pair of Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker Cs for sale. No "aircraft dreamers," either. So you'll have to be content to just read it and weep, or drool, but please, not on your moisture-adverse keyboard. Pride, which restores and sells what you might call "...
January 20, 2010 | By Pat Trenner
The aviation community has responded to the Haiti earthquake with tremendous resolve, so much so that the National Business Aviation Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association have established on their Web sites ongoing advisories on how pilots and aircraft owners can best serve the...
January 15, 2010 | By Pat Trenner
The Horten Ho 229 is on the short list for restoration at the Air and Space Museum.
January 11, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
The early history of aviation wasn't just a matter of flying faster and farther, but higher, too. On this day 100 years ago, French aviator Hubert Latham flew an airplane above a kilometer altitude for the first time, breaking his own record by nearly 2,000 feet. He took off in his Antoinette from ...
January 07, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet wrote Shakespeare in 1594, but he wasn’t naming airlines, was he? Coming up with a catchy company name is hard, but it’s not that hard. The name can convey the romance of early air travel, much like “Pan American World Airways,” or “Trans World Airline...
January 06, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
The gunships in the movie Avatar surely were inspired by the Bell Aerospace Textron X-22A of the mid-1960s (below), one of the many iterations of mankind's unquenchable thirst for Vertical-Takeoff-and-Landing machines. Although the tails of Avatar's VTOLS were lifted from the Bell-Boeing V-22 Ospre...
January 05, 2010 | By Pat Trenner
Archaeologists researching the 1911-14 Australian Antarctic Expedition have found pieces of the first airplane ever taken to a polar region. Details are at the project's blog.
January 04, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
ESPN's website has an interesting feature on the origins of the overhead stadium shot—first used in 1960. Or was it in 1959?
January 04, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
The launch that saved the world from orbiting laser battle stations.
January 2010 | By Dwayne A. Day and Robert G. Kennedy III
With its bid to replace the Convair B-36 bomber, did Douglas promise too much?
January 2010 | By John Aldaz and Sir George Cox