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What do you write in your logbook after you've just piloted a rocketplane past the "sound barrier" for the first time? If you're Chuck Yeager, you keep it short: "#1 ok"That's the notation (then) Captain Yeager made in the Flight and Engineering Report for Bell XS-1 Ship #1 (serial no. 6062), aka "...
October 14, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
If Richard Whitcomb wasn't the most important aerospace engineer of the past 50 years, he was certainly on the short list. The veteran of NASA's Langley Research Center died on Tuesday at the age of 88. Read about his contributions to aeronautics here, or watch a NASA-produced video at this link.By...
October 14, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Alfred Nobel, the Swedish millionaire who originated the world's most prestigious science prizes, was also a compulsive tinkerer and filer of patents. Among the fields that caught his interest was rocketry, perhaps not surprising for the man who invented dynamite.Nobel wasn't the first to think of ...
October 05, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Was it really Chuck Yeager? Or did George Welch beat him to it? If so, it happened on this day in 1947.
October 01, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Led by famed fashion photographer Edward Steichen, a group of camera men captured the action of World War II naval aviation.
October 01, 2009 | By Mark D. Faram
For an air racing legend named Rare Bear, yes.
September 29, 2009 | By Diane Tedeschi
Old Wernher the rocket scientist, if he were alive, would want one of these babies on holiday. It's a water-powered jet pack conceived in Canada by JetLev and licensed to German company MS Watersports GmbH, and it appears to address at least two major problems of jet packs: If the engine quits, you...
September 28, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
September 28, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
Normally, the folks at Profiles in History, based outside Los Angeles, auction off Hollywood memorabilia. On October 8-9, they'll sell what they're billing as "the single most important flight-worn aviation artifact to ever be offered at public auction"—the goggles worn by Amelia Earhart during her...
September 25, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Let's just say it's not like it is in the movies.
September 24, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Patrolling over northern Iraq in 2001 felt like driving through a small town with Hell's Angels.
September 22, 2009 | By Randy Gordon
We recently got an announcement that a ca.-1912 hang glider, modeled after an 1896 design by Wright-brother mentor Octave Chanute, had been installed in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California.
A 1912 Glider in the Pacific Design Center
Design centers are sort of shopping malls f...
September 17, 2009 | By Perry Turner
For balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the end of one journey marked the beginning of another.
September 17, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
Some people go to Las Vegas to gamble, others to learn about Mars.
September 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Today’s Washington Post reports that a passenger on United Airlines flight 236 was injured on Tuesday when the Boeing 757 encountered severe turbulence en route from Los Angeles to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. The report notes that an Accuweather .com meteorologist said tha...
September 10, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
As NASA prepares to shut down a historic wind tunnel in Virginia, some hope for a stay of execution.
September 10, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
It's not absolutely certain when Blanche Stuart Scott became the first American woman to pilot an airplane (it may have been September 2, 1910, or September 4—Scott herself gave different dates). But either way, it was an accident.The 25-year-old Scott, who also went by the name of Betty, had won f...
September 02, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
It took a maze of valves and venturis—and a trio
of tycoons—to whisk passengers into the stratosphere.
September 2009 | By Nick D'Alto
Our maxim: The airlines giveth, and the airlines taketh away.
September 2009 | By The Editors
For that satellite dish on your roof and the phone calls you make to Japan, you can thank Harold Rosen.
September 2009 | By Guy Gugliotta