AviatorsEarly flight pioneers, military aviators and military and airline pilots
Four aircraft, 12 airmen, 25 days, 40 below zero, in the middle of nowhere.
September 2011 | By Edward Farmer
September 2011 | By J.R. Dailey
An airshow superstar adds firefighting to her repertoire.
August 2011 | By Debbie Gary
The day a Douglas DC-8 busted Mach 1.
August 2011 | By Bill Wasserzieher
Filming for Cinerama with a fearless flyer.
August 2011 | By James Morrison
I recently had an extensive delay on a flight from New York to Las Vegas. We pushed back from the gate on time, and as I went to start the engines I could see the dark skies to the west, our intended direction of flight. As we waited on the ramp for clearance to taxi, [...]
July 14, 2011 | By Steve Satre
Donald Hall's 1927 rush job.
July 2011 | By Tom Leech
Like a lot of airline pilots, I’m always on the lookout for a good trip to pick up, either to add to my schedule or trade for a less desirable trip. “Open time” is what we call the list of trips with no current pilot assignment. The list is dynamic, and trips pop up throughout [...]
May 27, 2011 | By Steve Satre
Some were already heroes. Others were nowhere near where you would have expected them to be.
May 2011 | By Michael Klesius
May 2011 | By Don Porter
Paul Garber: Eyewitness to History
May 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
Back in 1951, sci-fi author Jack Finney had a few questions for the Smithsonian, like: How exactly would someone break in?
March 24, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
I'm just back from recurrent training — two days of fun and games in the simulator. It's kind of like a trip to the dentist: not something you look forward to, but it feels pretty good when it's over. And it's definitely worthwhile.Each day we showed up at 5 a.m. for the briefing, then went into th...
March 11, 2011 | By Steve Satre
The Navy's first pilot and 10 more milestones.
March 2011 | By The Editors
Emory Malick, the first African-American pilot, wasn't known to historians until recently.
March 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
I should be in Stockholm right now, but instead I'm sitting at home typing this. We had several delays last night and ultimately timed out —i.e., we couldn't make the flight to Stockholm because we would have been on duty more than 16 hours by the time we landed, which is against the rules.The firs...
February 24, 2011 | By Steve Satre
Thousands of Air Force pilots trained on the Holloman centrifuge. Now a better ride is coming.
February 11, 2011 | By Mark Betancourt
I had a nice trip over Christmas, which ended with the red-eye flight back from Las Vegas on Christmas night. We arrived in New York where the forecast was for blizzard conditions later in the day. I was happy to see that not one flake had yet fallen when we landed early on the morning of the 26th....
January 07, 2011 | By Steve Satre
I was in Stockholm for New Year's Day and I had never been in Sweden before. It's still kind of cool to visit a new place, and I think Stockholm is a city I'd like to see a lot more of.Knowing that it's located far to the north, I checked the times for local sunrise and sunset before leaving on my ...
January 04, 2011 | By Steve Satre
January 2011 | By Mary McKillop