AircraftMilitary, commercial and experimental vehicles designed for flight in the Earth’s atmosphere
Every research aircraft poses a question. Sometimes the answer is "forget it."
August 2011 | By The Editors
Hint: Plan ahead.
August 2011 | By Mark Huber
The day a Douglas DC-8 busted Mach 1.
August 2011 | By Bill Wasserzieher
Who would think a kite could down a fighter?
August 2011 | By Michael Barton
Fifty years ago, the Navy ended its lighter-than-air program.
August 2011 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
August 2011 | By David Freed
Take a fantasy flight in a real, live Liberator.
July 2011 | By Stephen Joiner
A remote-controlled airplane, a camera, and a pair of goggles can put you in the (virtual) pilot's seat for as little as $500.
July 2011 | By Mark Betancourt
Military aviation prepares for the inevitable.
July 2011 | By Michael Milstein
Donald Hall's 1927 rush job.
July 2011 | By Tom Leech
Flying. The other universal language.
July 2011 | By James Wynbrandt
From Minnesota cratemakers, a new CG-4 glider like the ones they built in World War II.
July 2011 | By Lynn Keillor
Air travelers, fear not.
July 2011 | By Jack Williams
In this rugged hiding place, outlaws like Osama bin Laden are rarely run to ground. The British learned that lesson in 1939.
July 2011 | By Graham Chandler
Challenging the Helldiver’s bad reputation.
July 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
How we turned the A3D into a tanker.
July 2011 | By Hadley Dixon
Sikorsky’s X2 is more hot rod than helicopter.
July 2011 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
“One of the interesting things about airships,” says Tom Crouch, a senior curator at the National Air and Space Museum, who gave a lecture on the subject this week as part of the Museum’s Ask an Expert series, is that they were “transitional technology. They were capable of doing a great many things before airplanes [...]
June 17, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
In 1966, Second Lieutenant Larry Liss was on the Czech-German border during a snowstorm, freezing his varlata off, when he saw something beautiful. It was a Bell UH-1 helicopter, still on the ground. The pilot—who was wearing short sleeves and drinking a cup of coffee—took one look at Liss and shook his head. “He said, [...]
May 31, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
Gamera, you'll recall from Japanese horror movies, was a giant, fire-breathing, flying turtle that used to terrorize Tokyo (and battle Godzilla) back in the 1960s.So what else would students at the University of Maryland—whose mascot is a terrapin—name their flying contraption, which yesterday appe...
May 13, 2011 | By Tony Reichhardt