Aircraft TypesPowered and unpowered aircraft, including fixed-wing, hybrid, rotary and lighter-than-air
As prizes go, this was a big one. In 1901, French oil tycoon and aviation patron Henry Deutsch de la Meurthe put up 100,000 francs (equivalent to more than $500,000 today) for the first airman who could fly a 7-mile circuit starting from a park in Paris, rounding the Eiffel Tower, then returning to...
October 19, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
In September 1870, not long after the start of the Franco-Prussian War, the city of Paris was under siege by Prussian soldiers. By the 19th, the German army had blocked all communication into or out of the city. There was nothing worse, wrote French journalist Francisque Sarcey, than to "live cut o...
October 13, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
In the wake of several misleading news headlines, researchers at Cranfield University in the U.K. have had to set the record straight: No, they're not looking for aliens in Earth's atmosphere.But they are looking for microbes floating around in the stratosphere, at altitudes up to 22 miles. The...
October 06, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Readied to transport the first U.S. ICBMs, the Douglas C-133 had a peculiar habit. It kept crashing.
September 2010 | By John Sotham
The celebrated aeronaut found Earth-bound life difficult to navigate.
September 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
September 2010 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
Scenes from aviation's annual pilgrimage.
August 16, 2010 | By Caroline Sheen
One of the world's most inventive pilots makes everything old look new again.
August 2010 | By Debbie Gary
If you have 700 hours to spare and can shim a rotor assembly to within .001 of an inch, here's a hobby for you.
August 2010 | By James R. Chiles
August 2010 | By Tom Crouch
August 2010 | By Roger A. Mola
South African pilots go lake-skiing in their AT-6s.
August 2010 | By Frans Dely
Of wind, helium, and hope — plus the occasional disaster.
August 2010 | By Mark Karpel
At the Pima Air and Space Museum, the B-36 is the largest U.S. warplane ever rebuilt.
August 2010 | By The Editors
This summer, the Boy Scouts of America celebrate their 100th anniversary, and the U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a spiffy new stamp to honor the organization.One of my favorite Scouting quotes comes from Janice Hudson's Trauma Junkie: Memoirs of an Emergency Flight Nurse. Hudson worked for many y...
July 23, 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
Nobody handled a Tomcat like Snort.
July 2010 | By Debbie Gary
July 2010 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
A small band of helicopter pilots risked their lives to rescue wounded soldiers during World War II.
July 2010 | By Roger Connor
June 2010 | By Lewis A. Bartlett
Why families still travel in Wacos.
June 2010 | By John Fleischman