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You've heard of the UAV (unmanned air vehicle). Now check out the AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle): The REMUS 6000. It looks like a yellow torpedo. It's a lot smarter. And it dives a lot deeper.Yesterday, the tenacious underwater 'bot located at long last the remains of Air France flight 447, w...
April 05, 2011 | By Mike Klesius
They work in all weather loading and unloading your suitcases, the mail, freight, even dead bodies and wild and domestic animals. They deice the airplane in winter, and clean it between each flight. So spare a thought for the airline industry's baggage handlers.Liesl Miller Orenic, an associate pro...
February 03, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
For 27 years, the Concorde carried passengers across the Atlantic Ocean at twice the speed of sound, on the very edge of space. A flight from New York to London took a mere 3 ½ hours; the supersonic aircraft flew so high and so fast that American spyplanes were ordered to stay out of the Concorde’s...
December 27, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
I just had a nice stretch of days off and went on a five-day golf trip with my brother and 30 other guys. It was a little chilly on Amelia Island and I performed about like you'd expect a 15 handicapper to play. But it's not the golf that I want to talk about. Instead, I want to address a common mi...
November 18, 2010 | By Steve Satre
A National Park Service project reclaims aviation history.
November 2010 | By David Shaftel
November 2010 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
On September 28, 1924, crowds cheered and sirens shrieked as the Army Service pilots known as "the Magellans of the Air" landed at Sand Point Field in Seattle, Washington, after completing the first round-the-world flight.They had set off on April 6, some six months earlier, determined to circumnav...
October 21, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
Alex Spencer, curator of British aircraft and military flight materiél at the National Air and Space Museum, started his career some 20 years ago as a lowly intern. One morning, as he was riding the shuttle out to the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility in Suitland, Maryl...
October 04, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
The aerospace giant teams up with the world’s only space tourism agency to ferry passengers to orbit.
September 16, 2010 | By Paul Hoversten
New York City’s first municipal airport couldn’t take a bad picture.
September 14, 2010 | By Diane Tedeschi
August 2010 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
On May 20, 1932 Amelia Earhart set off in her Lockheed Vega from Newfoundland intending to fly to Paris. Nearly 15 hours later, she landed in Robert Gallagher's cow pasture in Ballyarnott, in Derry, Northern Ireland, instead, thereby becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic.Mrs. Gal...
July 12, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
How 30 years changed the world's most complex flying machine.
July 2010 | By Michael Klesius
Why families still travel in Wacos.
June 2010 | By John Fleischman
CNN.com readers responded enthusiastically to a report of a flight attendant sitting in for an ill co-pilot with quotes from Airplane!musishun Timmy, have you ever seen a grown man naked?Zykman Get me Rex Kramer!DBCOOPER1 you're Kareem Abdul Jubbar! .....no I'm not , I'm Roger Murdock!MadCityBabe "...
June 22, 2010 | By Pat Trenner
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
A team of photographers captures Discovery's long journey to the launch pad.
May 17, 2010 | By The Editors
Two professors analyze the stats.
May 2010 | By Craig Mellow
After being shut down due to worries about volcanic ash choking jet engines, air traffic resumed over Europe last week, as seen in this visualization produced by the folks at ITO World.
April 28, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Green America's February 2010 report, What Goes Up Must Come Down: The Sorry State of Recycling in the Airline Industry, takes the study of garbage to new heights. It seems that the average passenger generates 1.3 pounds of refuse per flight, which doesn't sound like a lot, until you consider that ...
March 26, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel