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It’s often said that flying is one of the safest ways to travel, and the numbers bear it out. According to the most recent statistics from the International Air Transport Association, there were only 0.13 fatalities per million airplane passengers last year.That means air travel was about eight tim...
July 06, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Frank Tinker, the Arkansas-born pilot who became the most famous American mercenary in the Spanish Civil War, will be honored on the centennial of his birth at a ceremony in De Witt, Arkansas, on July 11. The event is being organized by Tinker's niece, Marcia Tinker Morrison, and the Grand Prair...
July 02, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, a legend-in-its-own-time builder of cropdusters, or agricultural aircraft, has converted its popular AT-802 Air Truck into a counter-insurgency, close-air support, and surveillance warbird-wannabee. The armored AT-802U, which debuted at the June Paris Air Show, was arme...
July 01, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
We’re about to get a peek at the solar system’s
July 2009 | By Guy Gugliotta
If Lockheed’s Constellation was the hare, the Douglas DC-6 was the oh-so-reliable tortoise.
July 2009 | By Kara Platoni
A World War II flight engineer dishes on the most “I” of the VIPs he flew with.
July 2009 | By Graham Chandler
Shuck the spacecraft. 182 spacewalkers have.
July 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Today’s airshow performers do it gyroscopically.
July 2009 | By Debbie Gary
Courtroom sketches from aviation's Trial of the Century.
July 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Where there’s smoke, there’s pollution. How can airport firefighters green it up?
July 2009 | By Sam Goldberg
To the Federal Aviation Administration, civilian
UAVs are the new barbarians at the gate.
July 2009 | By Douglas Gantenbein
Diagnosis: Collective Panic Attack. Cause: Count von Zeppelin.
July 2009 | By Dan Vergano
A B-47 pilot remembers when an airplane—and Curtis LeMay—stiffened the spine of the Strategic Air Command
July 2009 | By Walter J. Boyne
July 2009 | By Tom D. Crouch
July 2009 | By General Robert L. Cardenas, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) As told to James P. Busha
July 2009 | By Stephen Joiner
July 2009 | By George C. Larson, member, NAA
Holder of the Guinness World Record for most types of aircraft flown.
July 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Wilbur Wright was a prudent man. Before flying over New York City’s harbor on the morning of September 29, 1909, Wright fastened a red canoe to the underside of his Model A biplane, figuring the canoe would transform the Model A into a makeshift floatplane should he need to make a water landing.
June 29, 2009 | By Diane Tedeschi
...or so thought Gemini/Apollo astronaut (and former test pilot) Michael Collins, as quoted in the 1970 book, First on the Moon:
I like fighter pilots. I really do. They're good guys. As a group, I like them better than I like any other group. They're very independent people. They're not just talke...
June 25, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt