Modern AviationAn era from 1991 to the present marked by achievements in air and space flight, including unmanned aerial vehicles and the International Space Station
According to a report in Flight International, India’s defense ministry is buying Russian-built MiG-29K fighters as "part of a 2004 order...that was incorporated into a deal for the aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov.”Wait—India has an aircraft carrier?That navy workhorse, the aircraft carrier, has ...
November 12, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
NASA's Mars rover prepares to escape the worst trouble of its life.
November 09, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Yes, our avian brothers committed feathered mayhem in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic The Birds, but is that any reason they should continue to be chucked into aircraft engines?Here’s the deal: All aircraft have to pass certification tests proving that the airplane can continue operating in the eve...
November 03, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Remember the Dewoitine D 26, the single-seat, single-engine parasol fighter trainer? Wondering how many were ever built? Open your trusty Jane’s All the World’s Aircraft, and you’ll learn that 11 were produced for the Swiss Air Force.Jane’s will also tell you the first flight of the Douglas B-66 De...
November 02, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
What we still have to learn about the Northern Lights.
November 2009 | By Tim Wright
Blinding us with science: the next generation of stealth.
November 2009 | By Damond Benningfield
November 2009 | By J.R. Dailey
While there are still 105 days until the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, the Olympic Torch Relay has already begun.Some 12,000 people will participate in the relay, which runs from October 30, 2009 to February 12, 2010 (the longest relay in Olympic history). The relay part...
October 30, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
Two years ago, then-NASA Administrator Mike Griffin got into trouble by appearing to censor the results of a pilot survey that reportedly showed a higher than expected number of airplane accidents and near-accidents. Some accused NASA of squelching the truth to protect the airline industry. Congres...
October 29, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
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
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
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
Our maxim: The airlines giveth, and the airlines taketh away.
September 2009 | By The Editors
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