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Never mind that the guy in this video sounds like the turtle in Finding Nemo ("He was killin' it, and you were killin' it, I was comin' down, and Dude, you both went 'Whoaaah!' and I was like 'Nooooo!!'") This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time: wingsuit flyers Jeff Nebelkopf and...
March 26, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Cube life got you down? Download Voices of the Sky from Smithsonian Folkways and “tighten your safety belt, locate the nearest emergency exit, study the instructions for inflating your life jacket the courage—and the wattage—to turn up the sound to runway volume.”Besides offering terrific liner ...
March 24, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Earl Wood, a researcher at the Mayo Clinic Aero Medical Unit who pioneered the study of G-forces on pilots in the early jet age, died on March 18 at the age of 97. The Mayo Clinic has a short sketch of his career and a documentary film in two parts.
March 24, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
As a woman, I hate to report that the team that won a U.S. Department of Energy engineering competition last weekend was all girls, as if to say, “Check out the girls! They can be engineers, just like boys!” I mean of course they can. But I have to admit that in a historically guy-dominated field ...
March 23, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
This summer, the PBS History Detectives series will air an episode that investigates the provenance of a metal airplane part owned by a San Jose, California man. Jon Ott says his grandfather recovered the part from Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E after she dragged a wing on the ground during ...
March 20, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
In 1916, eight Curtiss biplanes from the U.S. Army’s 1st Aero Squadron—the country’s entire air force—flew into Mexico for their first military action.
March 19, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
You don’t see much bipartisanship in Washington these days, but yesterday all 17 female members of the U.S. Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, introduced a bill (S. 614) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. The medal, previously given to groups...
March 18, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
There's little that scares George Muellner, who has bragging rights to 690 combat missions in Vietnam. During three decades in the U.S. Air Force, he accumulated 5,300 hours in the F-4, A-7, F-15, and F-16 as a fighter pilot, fighter weapons instructor, and test pilot. He even flew 50 combat sortie...
March 17, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
The Web site of the Federal Aviation Administration, like most government sites, is pretty tame, but can be an interesting browse for prop-heads. For instance, clicking around the Flight Delay Information map, you’ll learn that at New York’s JFK International, “Disabled Aircraft…causing departure d...
March 11, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
Aerospatiale's Concorde made its maiden flight 40 years ago this week, a half-hour hop out of Toulouse-Blagnac Airport on March 2, 1969.What heady days those were for aviation and space. Not a month earlier, the Boeing 747 had made its first flight. And a month and a half prior to that, the Saturn ...
March 05, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
Wondering who wrote the first description of flying over a landscape, I came across this charming passage by Jacques Charles, French scientist and inventor of the hydrogen balloon. Charles wasn't the first to fly—that honor goes to Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes, who fle...
March 04, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
A California hot-rodder took on the feuding Arfons brothers in the 1960s.
March 2009 | By Preston Lerner
The only thing that kept Canada from beating the U.S. to a jet airliner was Canada.
March 2009 | By Graham Chandler
If you want a customer to spend $10 billion on your jet fighters, you gotta bust some Mach.
March 2009 | By Jorge and Karen Escalona
A spacecraft bites the lunar dust.
March 2009 | By Mohi Kumar
Out of gas? Not a problem.
March 2009 | By Michael Klesius
How the Republic F-105 got good at a mission it was not designed to fly.
March 2009 | By Carl Posey
There's more than one way to dump extra fuel before landing.
March 2009 | By Lieutenant Colonel Alfred (Joe) D’Amario, U.S. Air Force (ret.)
March 2009 | By George C. Larson, member, NAA
Michael O'Leary, head of Ireland's low-cost airline Ryanair, let slip on Friday that he was considering charging passengers to use the onboard lavoratories. "We are looking at...putting a coin slot on the toilet door," O'Leary told reporters, suggesting a British pound coin per restroom visit.Other...
February 27, 2009 | By Pat Trenner