Aviation ErasPeriods of innovation in the history of aviation from early flight to the modern age
Led by famed fashion photographer Edward Steichen, a group of camera men captured the action of World War II naval aviation.
October 01, 2009 | By Mark D. Faram
Old Wernher the rocket scientist, if he were alive, would want one of these babies on holiday. It's a water-powered jet pack conceived in Canada by JetLev and licensed to German company MS Watersports GmbH, and it appears to address at least two major problems of jet packs: If the engine quits, you...
September 28, 2009 | By Mike Klesius
What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
September 28, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
Normally, the folks at Profiles in History, based outside Los Angeles, auction off Hollywood memorabilia. On October 8-9, they'll sell what they're billing as "the single most important flight-worn aviation artifact to ever be offered at public auction"—the goggles worn by Amelia Earhart during her...
September 25, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Let's just say it's not like it is in the movies.
September 24, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Patrolling over northern Iraq in 2001 felt like driving through a small town with Hell's Angels.
September 22, 2009 | By Randy Gordon
We recently got an announcement that a ca.-1912 hang glider, modeled after an 1896 design by Wright-brother mentor Octave Chanute, had been installed in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California.
A 1912 Glider in the Pacific Design Center
Design centers are sort of shopping malls f...
September 17, 2009 | By Perry Turner
For balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the end of one journey marked the beginning of another.
September 17, 2009 | By Linda Shiner
Some people go to Las Vegas to gamble, others to learn about Mars.
September 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Today’s Washington Post reports that a passenger on United Airlines flight 236 was injured on Tuesday when the Boeing 757 encountered severe turbulence en route from Los Angeles to Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. The report notes that an Accuweather .com meteorologist said tha...
September 10, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
As NASA prepares to shut down a historic wind tunnel in Virginia, some hope for a stay of execution.
September 10, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
It's not absolutely certain when Blanche Stuart Scott became the first American woman to pilot an airplane (it may have been September 2, 1910, or September 4—Scott herself gave different dates). But either way, it was an accident.The 25-year-old Scott, who also went by the name of Betty, had won f...
September 02, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
It took a maze of valves and venturis—and a trio
of tycoons—to whisk passengers into the stratosphere.
September 2009 | By Nick D'Alto
Our maxim: The airlines giveth, and the airlines taketh away.
September 2009 | By The Editors
For that satellite dish on your roof and the phone calls you make to Japan, you can thank Harold Rosen.
September 2009 | By Guy Gugliotta
There’s just no way to add 100 mph to the speed of a helicopter. Or is there?
September 2009 | By James R. Chiles
Memo to bad guys: Wanna know what U.S. warplanes you’ll tangle with in the future? Visit an aerospace model shop.
September 2009 | By Chad Slattery
When it’s not the journey but the destination that counts.
September 2009 | By Michael Klesius
An Osprey for commuters? Bring it on. Can we get a quiet car too?
September 2009 | By Mark Wolverton
How can we find other Earths if their suns keep blinding us?
September 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt