Aviation ErasPeriods of innovation in the history of aviation from early flight to the modern age
It didn't all happen at Kitty Hawk.
July 2009 | By Roger A. Mola
It's all about the solar beta angle.
July 14, 2009 | By Michael Klesius
While a group of well-wishers recently marked the 100th birthday of Spanish Civil War pilot Frank Tinker, one aficionado took it a step further by simulating one of the American-born aviator's most famous victories, a shoot-down of a Messerschmitt Bf-109 in July 1937. See the video here:
July 13, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
The space shuttle glows in photographs taken by one of its own technicians.
July 13, 2009 | By The Editors
Hope is running out that searchers will locate the flight data recorder from Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic for reasons unknown on June 1. The black box is only made to send out signals for 30 days; four ships equipped with acoustic sensors have been searching the ocean nor...
July 08, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
It’s often said that flying is one of the safest ways to travel, and the numbers bear it out. According to the most recent statistics from the International Air Transport Association, there were only 0.13 fatalities per million airplane passengers last year.That means air travel was about eight tim...
July 06, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Frank Tinker, the Arkansas-born pilot who became the most famous American mercenary in the Spanish Civil War, will be honored on the centennial of his birth at a ceremony in De Witt, Arkansas, on July 11. The event is being organized by Tinker's niece, Marcia Tinker Morrison, and the Grand Prair...
July 02, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Air Tractor of Olney, Texas, a legend-in-its-own-time builder of cropdusters, or agricultural aircraft, has converted its popular AT-802 Air Truck into a counter-insurgency, close-air support, and surveillance warbird-wannabee. The armored AT-802U, which debuted at the June Paris Air Show, was arme...
July 01, 2009 | By Pat Trenner
We’re about to get a peek at the solar system’s
July 2009 | By Guy Gugliotta
A World War II flight engineer dishes on the most “I” of the VIPs he flew with.
July 2009 | By Graham Chandler
Shuck the spacecraft. 182 spacewalkers have.
July 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Today’s airshow performers do it gyroscopically.
July 2009 | By Debbie Gary
Where there’s smoke, there’s pollution. How can airport firefighters green it up?
July 2009 | By Sam Goldberg
To the Federal Aviation Administration, civilian
UAVs are the new barbarians at the gate.
July 2009 | By Douglas Gantenbein
Diagnosis: Collective Panic Attack. Cause: Count von Zeppelin.
July 2009 | By Dan Vergano
July 2009 | By Tom D. Crouch
July 2009 | By General Robert L. Cardenas, U.S. Air Force (Ret.) As told to James P. Busha
July 2009 | By Stephen Joiner
Wilbur Wright was a prudent man. Before flying over New York City’s harbor on the morning of September 29, 1909, Wright fastened a red canoe to the underside of his Model A biplane, figuring the canoe would transform the Model A into a makeshift floatplane should he need to make a water landing.
June 29, 2009 | By Diane Tedeschi
...or so thought Gemini/Apollo astronaut (and former test pilot) Michael Collins, as quoted in the 1970 book, First on the Moon:
I like fighter pilots. I really do. They're good guys. As a group, I like them better than I like any other group. They're very independent people. They're not just talke...
June 25, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt