Aircraft TypesPowered and unpowered aircraft, including fixed-wing, hybrid, rotary and lighter-than-air
A World War I aircraft enthusiast’s collection tracks the evolution of the species.
February 2013 | By Peter Garrison
Two showmen, one dirigible, and the flight that changed aviation.
February 2013 | By Paul Glenshaw
Once a best-seller, the airliner’s pilots still swear by it.
January 2013 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
In the 1950s, balloons carried live mice to near-space to study how the trip might affect astronauts.
January 11, 2013 | By Heather Goss
A couple of very good deals
January 2013 | By J.R. Dailey
The Sikorsky HO5S-1 made its name flying medevac missions in Korea.
January 2013 | By Rebecca Maksel
From sculptural beauty to functional transport, the Model 18 is an airplane of many guises.
November 16, 2012 | By Diane Tedeschi and Caroline Sheen
The Bell 47, famous as the star of “Whirlybirds,” was the DC-3 of helicopters. Could it make a comeback?
November 2012 | By Mark Huber
A gallery of traveling air- and spacecraft loaned out by the Smithsonian.
September 18, 2012 | By Heather Goss
An 1880 balloon jaunt ends with our heroine up a tree.
August 16, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
All the Smithsonian’s one-of-a-kind aircraft
August 14, 2012 | By Patricia Trenner
115 years ago today, three Swedish explorers set off on the only attempt ever to reach the Pole by balloon.
July 11, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
The Annual Bensen Days fly-in welcomes rotorheads.
July 2012 | By Bill Wilson
Planning a visit to the Museum? We provide some helpful hints.
July 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
Now that the space shuttle has retired, astronauts are rediscovering the joys of flying airplanes.
July 2012 | By Phil Scott
Can Gamera II stay airborne for 60 seconds? Tune in on Friday.
June 22, 2012 | By Tony Reichhardt
The call that makes every Apache pilot freeze.
June 18, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
Text messaging, from 1912 to 2012.
May 14, 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
The Moffett Field landmark may yet house aircraft again.
May 2012 | By Kara Platoni
April 12, 2012 | By Paul Hoversten