Videos | Air & Space Magazine feed for the videosenSat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This New Zealand farmer revolutionized modern planes the early 1900s, a New Zealand farmer named Richard Pearse built what looked like a flying bicycle. Some of the ideas he developed are now standard in modern aviation.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the OV-10 Bronco may be the ideal plane to combat ISIS May 2015, the Pentagon initiated a secret program dubbed Combat Dragon II. Its purpose: to test the viability of the low-cost, Vietnam-era OV-10 Bronco in combat scenarios against ISIS.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This U.S. squadron went back into battle with no ammunition squadron of OV-10 Broncos on their way back from a mission in Vietnam in 1971 receive an urgent message to head back into battle. One problem: they've run out of ammunition and all they have are flares.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Jaguar uses aerospace aluminum to build its cars big challenge facing Jaguar in its switch from steel to aluminum was how to utilize this lighter, less flexible alloy. For inspiration, they turned to an entirely new field: aerospace.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This inventor made the famed D-Day swimming tanks Nicholas Straussler, D-Day wouldn't have been possible. He came up with the design for the Duplex Drives tanks—a key part of the initial invasion at Normandy.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This pilot made an emergency landing a shallow river’s January 16, 2002 and Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 is struggling with a loss of power. The captain decides to perform a maneuver few other pilots have ever attempted: to land his Boeing 737 in water.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000AirAsia Flight 8501 plummets into the Java Sea mid-flight December 28, 2014, 43 minutes into its flight, AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished from radar. With 162 people on board, it would go down as one of the deadliest plane crashes that year.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Footage of the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens became the largest and most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. history. By the end of its cycle of fire and fury, 57 people had died.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Apollo 8 astronaut took the famous "Earthrise" photograph with the Russians for space supremacy, the U.S. successfully launches Apollo 8. Once in orbit, astronaut William Anders takes one of the most legendary photographs of all time.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This sailor got sucked inside a jet engine. getting sucked into a fighter jet engine to a misjudged landing by an approaching jet fighter, an active flight deck is a minefield of danger and accidents waiting to happen.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Join the Climb on a Record-Breaking Flight pilot Dan Gray take off from Oxnard Airport in California and blast up to 100,000 feet in just 100 seconds. Cameras mounted to the tail, wings, and in the cockpit of the modified Harmon Rocket show the dramatic angle of attack Gray achieves with the twin-rotor engine roaring at full power. Once back on the ground, the team at Aviation F/X pops some well-earned champagne. Running time: 1:40.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This pressure suit helped pilots survive new heights pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell Colley—who sewed the material for the suit on his wife's sewing machine.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Boeing's fixation with flight made him a millionaire was William Boeing's obsession with getting a ride in one of the brand new flying machines of his day that led to the foundation of his own airplane company.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Actual combat footage of the Battle of the Philippine Sea the aerial dogfights and naval clashes of the Battle of the Philippine Sea, thanks to stunning color footage. It is a visual record of the battle that underlined U.S. superiority in the Pacific.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This captured enemy plane helped U.S. pilots devise new tactics 1942, a prized Japanese A6M Zero warplane fell into American hands. The secrets it yielded allowed U.S. Navy pilots to come up with new combat tactics that proved decisive in the Pacific Theater.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This U.S. fighter pilot destroyed nine enemy planes in one mission Navy captain David McCampbell is vastly outnumbered by a squadron of Japanese warplanes high above the Philippine Sea in 1944. His nine confirmed kills in a single day would go on to earn him the Medal of Honor.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the A400M is the most advanced military transport plane it comes to military transport, the Airbus A400M is in a class of its own: it has a 37-ton maximum payload, a fuel capacity of 16,000 gallons, and the ability to fly 5,500 miles without refueling.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Axiom’s Plan for a Private Space Station, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the F-117 Nighthawk isn't worried about radar detection U.S. pilot on a bombing mission over Iraq in 1991 needs to descend to 10,000 feet in order to drop his payload with precision. Fortunately, his airplane is the unique F-117 Nighthawk—virtually undetectable to radar.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A squadron of F-22s goes on a strike mission against ISIS F-22s are on a mission to bomb an ISIS target deep in Syrian territory. If they're detected by ISIS operatives or the Syrian military, it could spell trouble.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The view from space, as viewed from space, appears as one large connected mass, teeming with life. The astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour share their impressions of a view of planet Earth without borders or conflict. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Revolutionary reusability goal of the space shuttle program was to make space travel easy and affordable, but designing a reusable spacecraft would prove to be NASAs toughest mission yet. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The invisible iceberg test his groundbreaking theory that a mirage could be to blame for the Titanic disaster, Tim Maltin heads to the desert to learn how air temperature could have hidden an iceberg. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How they caught the Lindbergh babys kidnapper wooden ladder used in the abduction of the Lindbergh baby became a key piece of evidence when a wood expert managed to trace one of the ladders rungs back to a missing floorboard in the suspects home. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00009/11: Stories in Fragments John Harrington talks about the rare Pentagon photographs that he donated to the Smithsonian. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Aerial America: Amazing Destinations volcanoes of HawaiiFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Preparing for nuclear Armageddon a secret underground command center carved out of the Rocky Mountains, the North American Aerospace Defense Command used to watch the skies for Soviet missiles and prepare for a nuclear attack. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How 1950s Las Vegas sold atomic bomb tests as tourism 1950 and 1960, the population of Las Vegas grew by 16 percent, partly due to the burgeoning casino industry. Tourism grew as well, but for another reason: A chance to glimpse actual nuclear tests in person. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Pogo Landing Convair XFY-1 Pogo, the first airplane to accomplish a vertical takeoff, transition to forward flight, and change back to a vertical landing. Video: airspacemag.comFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Osprey in Flight the spinning 38-foot tiltrotors of the V-22 Osprey look odd, theyll soon become more familiar. The U.S. Marine Corps begins operational use of the aircraft in September 2007. The Osprey can transport 24 combat troops or up to 20,000 pounds of cargo. With its vertical/short takeoff and landing capabilities, it can fit in tight spots like a helicopter, but can fly twice as fast. In this video, distributed by V-22 manufacturer Boeing during the 2007 Paris Airshow at Le Bourget, the Osprey is seen doing its thingflying like an airplane, taking off like a helicopter, and dropping commandos like Pez. Variants of the V-22 will be ready for use by the Air Force and Special Operations Command in 2009. Video: BoeingFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Early V-2 Photos of Earth rockets launched from White Sands, New Mexico in the 1940s and returned the first photos of Earth from space. The rockets were launched on a suborbital trajectory. The cameras continued shooting as the vehicle rotated during its fall back to Earth. Video courtesy of White Sands Missile RangeFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Test Flying the XF-90 one of the most appealing fighters ever built, Lockheeds XF-90 enjoys a first-rate reputation with aviation enthusiasts something of a surprise, given that only two were ever built. While researching and writing Lockheeds Missing Link for our June/July 2008 issue, authors Jorge and Karen Escalona compiled rare footage of the XF-90 at Muroc (now Edwards) Air Force Base in California in 1949. The footage, which has no sound, includes scenes of the first XF-90 prototype being trucked to Muroc, and a brief glimpse of engineers attaching ribbonlike strips to the wing to gauge airflow patterns during preflight tests. Also seen are ground crews affixing Jet-Assisted Takeoff (JATO) canisters to the aircraft (to provide additional thrust) before Tony LeVier, Lockheeds chief test pilot, takes it for a spin. The Escalonas write: The XF-90s dashing good looks earned it movie-star status throughout the 1950sfar beyond its operational lifeattracting readers and advertisers to prominent aviation periodicals and comic books of the time. Video: Courtesy Jorge and Karen EscalonaFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Huygens Lands on Titan.mov Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The X-37 Returns Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Growler's First Flight Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Discovery's First Flight Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting the September 2011 Cover - x Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Moonset in Space NASA/ Expedition 30 AstronautsFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000STS-41C Shuttle External Tank Breakup Over Hawaii NASAFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Chris Hadfield On the Asteroid Threat a February 2013 U.N. meeting on international strategies for protecting Earth from incoming asteroids, astronaut Chris Hadfield, a member of the Association of Space Explorers, addresses attendees from onboard the International Space Station. Video: Association of Space ExplorersFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000National Drone Show Demos Roger MolaFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Highflying Time Machine enthusiast Addison Pemberton recovered an airmail plane that crashed into a mountain in 1928 and has restored it to all of its original glory. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Did you know assault drones were used in WWII? 1944, and the U.S. has a new weapon against the Japanese: a remote-controlled assault drone with a video link and the ability to carry a bomb. Heres what it looks like in action.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Surviving a Plane Crash in the Swiss Alps McMahon is now the only living survivor of a 1946 plane crash in the Swiss Alps. Over 65 years later, she returns to the glacier where she was rescued. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Balancing the Belly of a Giant Plane loading thousands of pounds of heavy cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III, its important to maintain the planes center of gravity. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What the Oregon Trail Looks Like Today From Above of Americas greatest highways is barely visible from the ground. Its only from the air that you can pick out the remains of the Oregon Trail. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Attempted murder at 19,000 feet in the air. bright blue sky greeted the crew of FedEx Flight 705 as it left Memphis, TN. Little did they know one of their own would soon turn against them. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mavens Mission to Mars, a satellite designed for Mars, was built to examine the atmosphere of Mars in order to help scientists understand the planets relatively unknown history. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Land a Boeing 777 Without Any Engines one minute away from landing, both of this planes engines suddenly fail. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fatal combination for Arrow Air Flight 1285 1985 crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285, which killed 248 U.S. soldiers heading home for Christmas, led to a controversial and hotly debated investigation. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A cockpit designed to crash the captain of Crossair Flight 498 began turning the plane into a deadly spiral, the first officer should have corrected him. So why didnt he? Cockpit design may be to blame. Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000On the Prowl into the cockpit of a Grumman EA-6B Prowler in this silent video produced by VAQ-209-the "Star Warriors"-a squadron based at Naval Air Facility Washington, D.C., Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. The two-seat Grumman A-6 Intruder, an all-weather, Vietnam-era attack airplane for the U.S. Navy, later became the four-seat, advanced electronic warfare Prowler, which added two electronic countermeasures officers behind the pilot and bombardier/navigator. The arm extending from the front of the aircraft and visible through the windscreen is a probe to take on fuel in flight.Today, in addition to the Star Warriors, the EA-6B operates out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. These Prowlers periodically operate aboard the Navy's aircraft carriers, one of which, the USS George Washington, has a squadron forward-deployed at Naval Air Station Atsugi, Japan.Roughly half a century after the first A-6 Intruder flew, the Prowler's days are numbered as the Boeing EA-18G "Growler," a variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, gradually assumes its job. Video: U.S. Navy/VAQ-209Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cameras Instead of Guns assigned to the First Motion Picture Unit explain how they positioned themselves in aircraft to get the best footage, in this excerpt from filmmaker David Sewell's as-yet unreleased documentary, "Special Film Project 186."Video: David Sewell/Motion Video Inc.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966 policemen spotted a flying saucer in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gas. But some say thats just what the government wanted us to believe. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Alien Life Should be Rooted in Science, Not Stories Shostak, senior astronomer and director at the Center for SETI Research, shares why its important to approach the search for alien life from a scientists perspectivethrough evidence and data. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Nolinor 737 prevents gravel from crashing its engines vortex dissipator sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. In fact, its a sophisticated gravel protection device, used in planes like the Nolinor 737 that protects the engine from being destroyed on the runway. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Reptiles cant fly. But this one glides like a pro., a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanks. When opened, they extend the width of its body, enabling it to glide gracefully through the air.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Is This the Reason Ireland Converted to Christianity? attribute the spread of Christianity in Ireland to St. Patrick. But medieval history and scientific evidence dating back to 540 A.D. hint at a more cosmic reason. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000NASA Lifting Body Crash, 1967 ten feet wide, 22 feet long, and 4,620 pounds without ballast, the M2-F2 flewand hit the desertlike an anvil. Forty-four years ago, Bruce Peterson barely survived the beast. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Helicopter Rescue at 14,000 Feet helicopter pilot uses skills learned at the High Altitude Army Aviation Training Site in Colorado to pull off a mountain rescue. On September 21, 2013, HAATS instructor Anders Nielsen flew his Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk to rescue a fallen climber from North Maroon Peak, near Aspen. He had to land a wheel on a small rock to anchor his helicopter. (Video: Mountain Rescue Aspen)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Brains behind Star Trek fan Gene Roddenberry was a freelance writer with a futuristic vision. He had high hopes for his script about a peacekeeping spaceship seeking new life forms. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Under Fire and Closing In dangerously low on fuel and under enemy fire, the helicopter crew has only a few brief minutes to seek out their hidden enemy and put an end to the attack. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000U.S. Marines first test against Japanese defenses on Okinawa. U.S. Marines advanced northward in Okinawa, they approached a craggy mass known as Mount Yae-Take. The battle to capture this remote mountain resulted in numerous casualties on both sides. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Boeing 747 Anti-Symmetric Flutter Tests NASA Langley Research CenterThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Juno Arrives at Jupiter timeline of events for the Juno spacecraft&rsquo;s critical Jupiter Orbit Insertion on July 4, 2016. Note: All times are U.S. Eastern time. (Video created using <a href="" target="_blank">NASA&rsquo;s Eyes Visualization tool</a>)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Do You Put Out a Plane on Fire? fire crews run constant drills to ensure they hit their time targets: two minutes to reach a burning plane and just 60 seconds to put out the flames. How they do it is incredible. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How LIGO Works showing how LIGOs interferometers respond to a gravitational wave. (Video: National Science Foundation)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Roswells Bizarre Aircraft Boneyard ordinary small town holds extraordinary significance for aviation: its home to Elvis private jet, an airplane demolition yard, and the most famous aircraft that no ones ever seen. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SOFIA Opens Its Door this video taken from NASAs F/A-18 chase plane, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), fully opens its telescopes door on a flight near Edwards, California on December 18, 2009. The one-hour, 19-minute flight was the first time outside air had interacted with the part of the airplane that carries the 98-inch telescope. The blue tufts around the door, similar to parachute cord, help aerodynamic engineers see the flow of air around the fuselage. Doing so allows them to determine if there is any unusual turbulence around the opening. The door, designed in a wind tunnel, has proven to be effective, with no noticeable drag when it is either partially or fully open.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000To Space and BackTrailer new theater system in the National Air and Space Museums Einstein Planetarium is such a dramatic upgrade that only a few of the currently available films can make use of its full definition. To Space & Back, which opens in mid-August 2014, is one of them. (Video: Courtesy of Sky-Skan and the Franklin Institute)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Eyewitness accounts from heroic Pentagon survivors physician David Tarantino rescued Pentagon employee Jerry Henson who was trapped in his office after a hijacked plane hit the Pentagon. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The flying hospital giant airliner was converted from a passenger plane into a fully functional medical center. Now this high-tech eye hospital serves developing communities around the world. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This priest witnessed the 9/11 Pentagon attack Stephen McGraw has just witnessed Flight 77 crash into the west wall of the Pentagon. Amid the chaos and confusion, and with no concern for his safety, he leaves his car and rushes over to help.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ambushed by the Iraqi Air Force Desert Storm is considered one of the most effective air campaigns in military history. Here, an F-15 pilot in the Gulf War recounts one extremely close encounter behind enemy lines. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Astronauts Story, Ron Howards Apollo 13 13 was nominated for nine Academy Awards, but for director Ron Howard, the real test was showing the film to the astronauts themselves. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rescuers find missing second plane in remains of wreckage 2001, one of Italys worst air disasters led to a shocking discovery after two planes collided on the runway and all on board perished. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Was this plane engulfed in St. Elmos fire? British Airways Flight 9 works its way across the Indian Ocean, mysterious glowing lights appeared on the windshield and engines of the plane. Was this St. Elmos fire, a rare weather phenomenon?Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Chuck Yeager Press Conference, 1953 1953, six years after the Bell X-1 first went supersonic, that airplane and others were routinely flying at more than twice the speed of sound. On December 17, 1953the 50th anniversary of the Wright brothers first powered flight at Kitty HawkMajor Yeager sat down at the Pentagon for an informal press briefing to discuss his own Mach 2.43 flight in the X-1 five days earlier. Video: Department of Defense, Courtesy National Archives and Records AdministrationThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Landing on ice or fail flight exams are nerve-wracking, but add winter weather and lots of ice, and this is one tricky situation.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Footage of a tense aerial battle during the Falklands War 10 weeks into the Falklands War, and two British Harriers find themselves protecting damaged ships. Suddenly, Argentine Skyhawks appear on the horizon and a fight ensues.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Great Restorations else in the space of a few hundred square yards could you find the oldest Boeing airplane flying, a 1945 Grumman Widgeon amphibian, a 1956 de Havilland Chipmunk, and a 1929 Hamilton metalplaneall beautifully restored to flying condition? Only at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational at the Reno air races. Here's a preview video of the treasures that will be competing at Reno this year for the title of most accurately restored vintage aircraft. Video: <a href="" target="_new">LiveAirshowTV</a>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mining For Minerals in Space building a resupply station in low Earth orbit, to mining minerals on nearby asteroids, private enterprise is already planning moneymaking missions to space. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Footage of the Moment the Japanese Surrendered 1945 Japanese surrender ceremony of WWII signaled a monumental end to a brutal conflict. And war correspondent William Courtenay was there to film it all. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000STS-51A: Life on a Small Spaceship the early days of the shuttle program, NASA wasnt sure how crews of five, six, and seven people would fare in the limited space of the orbiter. Here the crew of STS-51A, who flew in November 1984, give a tour of the upper and lower decks. Onboard were Rick Hauck, Dave Walker, Joe Allen, Anna Fisher, and Dale Gardner. Allen, who had been an astronaut since 1967 but hadnt flown until 1982, was making his second flight. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Brazils Most Dangerous Landing Strip among pilots, Runway 35-L at Congonhas airport is a short, tight, and tricky place to land. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The XP-67 Moonbat of James McDonnell's early concepts, the XP-67 Moonbat was a blended-wing-body design whose performance, thanks to anemic engines, was stamped FAIL. But get a load of the demo flight (and stellar landing) filmed by the U.S. Army Air Forces Air Technical Service Command in 1944. Video: U.S. Army Air CorpsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Galaxy Clustering David Kirkby (University of California, Irvine) and the SDSS-III CollaborationThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Introducing the Mercury Seven, 1959 NASAThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Plane Crash Reignites 9/11 Anxieties months after September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587 fell from the sky into a neighborhood in Queens, New York. A traumatized city is forced to consider the terrifying prospect that another terrorist act may be the reason. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A U-2 gives a helping hand to U.S. troops. a U.S. convoy in Afghanistan has vehicle problems and is forced to stop for repairs, a U-2 aircraft spots a Taliban ambush coming their way. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ace Drummond (1936) title of this Universal release comes from the comic strip of the same name, which was loosely based on the exploits of World War I ace Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, "the inspiration of youthful airmen the world over." The legendary pilot was much in the public eye in the 1930s, having joined Eastern Air Lines in 1934. In this 13-part serial, Drummond is portrayed by big band singer John King, who has an unnerving habit of bursting into song while bystanders look on adoringly. Watch the other chapters of Ace Drummond at the Internet Archive. <a href="" target="_new">Internet Archive</a>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Intelsat Rescue was a scene straight out of Apollo 13astronauts and ground controllers working together to improvise a new plan when Plan A had failed. The task on Endeavour's first flight in May 1992 was to capture the stranded INTELSAT-VI satellite, attach a new rocket motor, and send it to a new orbit. But when early attempts to grab the satellite with a special "capture bar" failed, Pierre Thuot, Rick Hieb and Tom Akers had to go outside and steady the 9,200-pound spacecraft by handthe first and only three-man spacewalk in shuttle history.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why inoperative plane sensors can leave pilots helpless. frozen water causes XL Airways Germany Flight 888 sensors to malfunction, the investigators point to an unlikely source: the cleaning crew. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The perfect reptile-bird hybrid definitely looks the part had strong feathers, bony jaws and teeth, and a tail with a line of bone running down its legs. Physically, it was exactly half-reptile, half-bird. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000X-47B First Flight X-47B, an unmanned combat vehicle built as a demonstration aircraft for the U.S. Navy, had its inaugural flight at California's Edwards Air Force Base on February 4, 2011. The Navy hasn't committed to an operational vehicle, but is planning for the X-47B to make an unmanned aircraft carrier landing in 2013. Video: US Navy/Northrop GrummanThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Getting Curiosity on Mars Steltzner is a NASA engineer who works for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the phase lead and development manager for the landing systems that got NASAs Curiosity Rover to Mars. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Electromagnetic Catapult Test test a prototype of an electromagnetic catapult at the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Powered by electromagnetic energy, the prototype can accelerate test articles (massive metal frames on wheels) to 165 mph in three-quarters of a second on a track just 100 feet long. Electromagnetic catapults will eventually replace the Navys current steam-powered aircraft launchers.Video courtesy of Tim Wright PhotographyThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Teddy Roosevelt Goes Flying Wright exhibition team was performing at an air meet in St. Louis when pilot Arch Hoxsey crossed paths with Teddy Roosevelt on October 11, 1910. At the time, Roosevelt was campaigning for Missouris state Republican party. In this silent clip, Roosevelt initially refuses Hoxseys invitation to fly, but changes his mind. One can only imagine what Roosevelt was thinking as Hoxsey put the biplane into three steep dives, pulling up sharply each time. Video: Library of CongressThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Projekt Lilienthal tests of a glider designed by Otto Lilienthal in the 1890s give engineers renewed respect for Germany's "Flying Man." (Video: DLR)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Griffon vultures depend on the sun to fly. Why? Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take off. Luckily, these birds have found a way to use the rising currents of hot air to their advantage.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Skyview: Southern Britain an aerial view of one of the worlds most iconic structuresStonehenge. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Testing the Airbus A380 first test flight of a new plane is always a risky and unpredictable event. More so when that plane was the Airbus A380then the largest passenger aircraft in the world. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dismantling a huge howitzer for a precarious move 200-ton howitzer artillery gun is too heavy to transport in one piece. The answer is to split it in two, with the barrel going on one truck and the carriage onto another. Easier said than done. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Wright B Over Manhattan, 1912 the winter of 1912, Frank Coffyn filmed the first silent motion pictures of New York ever taken from an airplane.Coffyn, a member of the Wright Exhibition Team, equipped the Wright Model B with the first-ever airplane pontoons, and barely missed the ice floes bobbing in New York Harbor as he lifted off. He mounted a camera rigidly between the seats, its view changing as the nose of the airplane moved. Coffyn began with an overflight of the Statue of Liberty and produced the first aerial motion pictures of the monument and Ellis Island. He then passed over the round structure of Fort Jay, a military prison on Governor's Island, and circled to Battery Park at the tip of New York, coordinating his banks and turns by watching the flutter of a length of string tied to the cross wire of his Wright B. For his dramatic final demonstration, Coffyn flew under both the Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridges before landing with the wind at his back for speed and coasting to the dock at Battery Park. The clip ends with footage of Coffyn some 31 years later, as he reminisced about the golden days of the Wright team. Video: National Air and Space MuseumThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Race Against the Clock large airports like Frankfurts, there is one building youll probably never see inside, until now. Take a peek at the Animal Lounge, which hosts 300,000 traveling pets and animals each day. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Whole-Airplane Parachute 1998, during eight tests including this one with an SR20 out of Ocotillo Wells Airport in California, engineers and pilots from Cirrus Aircraft and Ballistic Recovery Systems took the plunge. They fine-tuned many items, including how the whole-airplane parachutes rocket extracts the system, and how the slider, the white ring that travels down the cords, keeps the parachute from opening too quickly, which would damage the chute and airplane.After each deployment, the SR20 released the parachute and returned to the airport rather than stranding itself in the desert. This meant that guides had to be added to the empennage to prevent damage to the vertical and horizontal tail surfaces. "Design of the test harness and parachute release mechanism were nearly as difficult as the design of the recovery systems itself," says Jay Yeakle, a Cirrus engineer. Less complex was the animal tracking system used by wildlife management groups that located the abandoned parachutes. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the largest bird of all time stayed airborne a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well? It relied on two key factors: a light frame and an ability to soar with the ocean currents. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flying Blind, Again years after he flew through white-out conditions on a rescue mission in the glaciers of South Georgia, Ian Stanley comes out of retirement to do it all over again. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000From Aerial America: How did a grizzly bear get on Californias flag? more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, the local Mexican authorities regarded them with suspicion. This would set off a chain of events culminating in the Bear Flag Revolt. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Landing in Rough Terrain pilots to land with no runway in a scene from the DVD "Cubdriver: Alaska." Loni Habersetzer instructs pilots on how to undo old habits and learn new ones in order to get the short, precise landings that Alaskan terrain often requires. Here, he tells a student landing his Super Cub to reduce thrust, not eliminate it altogether, and maintain the angle of attack, rather than lower it. The combination will enable the pilot to descend at a steeper and more precise angle, and shorten the distance to roll to a stop. (From the DVD <a href= "" target="_new">"Cubdriver: Alaska." </a>) Video: Loni HabersetzerThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosion more than 405,000 American casualties and Japan rejecting unconditional surrender, the United States begins testing the atomic bomb in New Mexico. This is some of the only footage recorded of these powerful tests. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Painting With Light we read on photographer Eric Curry's Web site that he views certain machines as metaphors for values of character, honor, integrity and pride, we thought his approach would be the perfect way to illustrate the affection many Earth-dwellers have come to feel for NASAs twin Mars Exploration Rovers, which, having long outlasted their life expectancies, are still transmitting from the Martian surface.In this slideshow, Curry explains how he built our March 2010 magazine cover, shot by carefully lit shot. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000STS-1: The First Shuttle Landing John Young and Robert Crippens STS-1 mission in April 1981, no astronauts had ever landed a spaceship on a runway. In their postflight briefing, Young (the first voice in this clip) and pilot Crippen describe their first-time return of a shuttle from orbit, during which the vehicle executed a series of S-turns, or roll reversals, like a skier slaloming downhill to manage speed. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Excerpt: "A Cruise to the Stars" this clip from the 1967 Soviet movie A Cruise to the Stars, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin is shown training for his historic mission as engineers test various systems of the Vostok capsule. Accepting the task before him, Gagarin tells space officials that if he encounters any difficulties in space, I will overcome them as the communists do. On launch day, April 12, 1961, Chief Designer Sergei Korolev radios his best wishes as Gagarin takes off. After his 108-minute flight, Gagarin becomes an international sensation, with parades and celebrations in his honor.A Cruise to the Stars, which runs 52 minutes, was made to commemorate the first 10 years of the Soviet space program. We do not consider the conquest of space as the achievement of only our people but as that of all mankind, the narrator says. We happily place it at the disposal of all nations and peoples in the name of progress, happiness, and welfare of all men. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cultural Norms Cloud Cockpit Communications dishonor more than death, crew members allowed a minor malfunction to result in a major catastrophe for Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509. Find out what caused this 1999 plane wreck.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Operation Tumbler-Snapper the spring of 1952, the U.S. Defense Nuclear Agency conducted a series of atomic bomb drops and tower shots at the Nevada Proving Ground, code-named Operation Tumbler Snapper. One of Tumbler-Snappers objectives was to see how soldiers and military equipmentincluding one of only two Lockheed XF-90 fighters ever builtreacted to the detonation. Jet aircraft (including the XF-90 and some F-47s) were seen to be less damaged by the atomic blast than were the bombers (a B-45, a B-29, and some B-17s). This excerpt from a contemporary U.S. Air Force documentary about the Tumbler-Snapper program focuses on the airplane testing. Source: Internet Archive/ US Dept. of EnergyThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lunar Run along on an unmanned lunar cargo trip with the VASIMR plasma rocket developed by Ad Astra, a company founded by former astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz.The silent video starts with an animation of the VX-200 experimental rocket in the companys vacuum chamber, and compares the VASIMR with a chemical rocket.A future operational VASIMR is then shown launched into low Earth orbit on a traditional, chemically powered rocket. A second launcher delivers another, heaver load consisting of fuel, cargo, and a lunar lander. These link up in orbit with VASIMR, which then switches on and burns argon for four months. The spacecraft slowly accelerates, spiraling out of Earths gravitational field and off to the moon. The plasma rocket delivers 75 tons of cargo, whereas a traditional chemical rocket, though faster, arrives at the moon with just 35 tons. Video: <a href="" target="_new">Ad Astra</a>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gemini IV Spacewalk of Ed Whites first U.S. spacewalk on June 3, 1965. This 6-minute clip is condensed from the full 21-minute EVA. Most of the conversation is between White and Jim McDivitt, who was sitting inside the Gemini IV capsule.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Are Terrorists Targeting Civilian Planes with Stolen Arms? the fall of Iraq, millions of dollars worth of arms were stolen by hostile factions. Some of these missiles now pose a major threat to civilian airlines. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000From the Wreckage attendant Lorraine Bays logbook was among the objects recovered from the wreckage of hijacked Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cloaking Device this 2006 video clip, Duke University researchers David R. Smith, David Schurig, and Steve Cummer discuss their work in "cloaking" an object by bending microwaves around it. Their device consists of 10 concentric rings of a copper-and-fiberglass metamaterial. While scientists are still far from cloaking an object in visible light, the Duke device is a first step toward that goal. Video: Duke UniversityThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Codex on the Flight of Birds da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds will be on view at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC from September 13 through October 22, 2013. The exhibit's curator, Peter Jakab, explains the importance of this rare work. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to tune up a jumbo jet engine with 20,000 parts engine of an Airbus A380 Superjumbo jet is huge, made up of 20,000 components that can summon up to 70,000 pounds of thrust. Replacing it is no small task.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Planes Trailer Hornets, crop dusters, Corsairs, a VariEze lookalike, raceplanes, a blimp! Planes has them all. Sure theyre cartoons and they talk, but we dare you to watch this clip without smiling.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Miraculous Plane Landing on New Orleans Levee severe thunderstorm forced a Boeing 737 to attempt an emergency landing on the most unlikely, impossible place: a New Orleans levee. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The light feuds proving himself with his reflecting telescope, Isaac Newton sent his groundbreaking work on light and colors to the Royal Society, and began a nasty personal feud with Robert Hooke. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Flyover Ends in Flames months of publicity and promotion, pilot Michel Asseline finally gets the chance to show off the Airbus A320. But instead of ending in applause, his flyover ends in flames. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Death in the Arctic plane landing in Arctic conditions ends in tragedy. It should have been a routine landing for First Air Flight 6560 at Canadas Resolute Bay Airport, despite the harsh Arctic conditions. It instead turned into a mysterious disasters. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What forensics tell us about this odd plane crash analysis of the engine from El-Al Flight 1862, which crashed on October 4, 1992, finds no explosive residue on it. But if it wasn't terrorism, then what caused the crash?Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000These hidden heroes protect your flight from lethal weather storms are a pilot's worst nightmare. Luckily, pilots can depend on their first line of defense—the meteorologists at the federal government's aviation weather center in Kansas City, MO.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A polar bear is released back into the wild via helicopter marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of Churchill. To do that, the conservation team will need to tranquilize him, and then airlift him by helicopter.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This SEAL dog prevented a deadly disaster war-torn Afghanistan, Navy SEAL Trevor Maroshek and his dog Chopper were patrolling outside their base when they came across an abandoned motorcycle. When Chopper was sent to investigate, what he found held life-or-death consequences.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A rare glimpse of pre-war Army life in color 1939, America's military was far from the powerful force it is today, with just 600,000 servicemen. In this remarkable color footage, you'll see some of the ways they spent their time.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to tell if you're in for a bumpy plane landing March 7, 2007, Garuda Flight 200 was preparing to land. An Air Force officer on board immediately sensed a problem: The plane was both too high and coming in too fast.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the U.S. military pushed $10 million worth of helicopters overboard's 1975, and a small Vietnamese civilian aircraft is desperate to land on the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier. It becomes a dramatic race against time to clear the deck before the plane runs out of fuel.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare color footage of World War II Navy hazing rituals World War II naval recruits serving on U.S. ships had never been away from home. To pass the time and strengthen their bonds, they organized several colorful initiation rituals.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Charles Lindbergh and the rise of 1940s Nazi sympathizers Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot, but he had another, more sinister position in American History: as a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A British submarine fires its torpedoes at a Nazi U-boat British submarine on a mission to deliver supplies to Norwegian resistance fighters spots an unsuspecting enemy submarine in 1944. It's simply too good an opportunity to pass up.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Harrowing footage of the Manila invasion aftermath 1945, the United States was determined to take back Manila, but the military didn't use air strikes for fear of causing civilian casualties. This meant one thing: a tense series of street-level battles to drive out the Japanese.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How napalm bombs intensified U.S. attacks during World War II ground targets from the air is tricky and not always accurate. But a new type of bomb creates an unimaginable level of destruction—and strengthens U.S. attacks in the Pacific.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The first submarine to launch rockets from its deck's June 1945 and the USS Barb has just launched an unprecedented attack on factories on the Japanese island of Shari. It's the first time that rockets have ever been launched from a submarine.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000These POWs were forced to build the Bridge over River Kwai POWs rescued in the South China Sea have an incredible story to tell. They'd been kept in a secret prison camp in Thailand, where their Japanese captors forced them to build a railroad from Thailand to Burma.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Deadly AC-130 gunship in action firing all its cannons AC-130 is the world's biggest flying artillery gunship, nicknamed "Hell in the Sky." With three side-firing weapons—a 25mm gatling gun, a 40mm Bofors cannon, and a 105mm howitzer—it's easy to see why it got its name.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Dash Through the Clouds, 1912 Mack Sennett silent comedy includes rare footage of a Wright Model B piloted by Phil Parmelee. After he left the Wright exhibition team, Parmelee had a brief career as an actor, starring in A Dash Through the Clouds, released in 1912. Playing the role of Slim, the Aviator, Parmelee flew with actress Mabel Normand in a Wright Model B for the films aerial scenes. This scene features good footage of the Model B taking off and landing as Parmelee and Normands character, Josephine, fly to the rescue of Josephines boyfriend, Chubby, who is in a shack, hiding from a group of Mexicans whom he has angered. At the films end, Josephine switches her affection from Chubby to Slim. Shortly after the film was completed, Parmelee died in an airplane accident in Washington state. Video: Library of CongressWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Legends of Aerospace Morale EntertainmentWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flight of the Pongsats Aerospace flights rely primarily on volunteers and helium. A team will take a tray of PongSat experiments out to the desert, attach it to a helium balloon, and launch it. Once the balloon reaches the thin air of the stratosphere, it will burst, and the tray will descend to earth, with a parachute opening to gentle the landing. (Video: JP Aerospace)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000ELT Crash Test donated Cessna hits the pavement at NASAs Langley Research Center to set off four emergency beacons on board. The video will be used to create models of how the beacons perform based on where theyre installed. (Video: NASA / Edit: Roger Mola)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Yes, putting an emergency oxygen mask on first is vital looking into the October 25, 1999 crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a puzzling question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks as soon as they ran into trouble?Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000One of the deadliest airplane hijackings a routine flight to Ivory Coast, prison escapees hijack Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961. As the hijackers force their way into the cockpit, they demand to be flown to Australia.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A 1988 flight from Denver crashes in bad weather's January 19, 1988, and Trans-Colorado Flight 2286 is attempting to land at Durango La Plata Airport. Poor visibility and even worse weather means it is a trickier approach than usual.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Wing Flutter on a 747 Boeing 747 model undergoes flutter testing in a wind tunnel, circa 1967-68. The purpose of the test was to determine the effects (primarily the aerodynamics) of the large cowls surrounding the engine fans on the flutter characteristics of the aircraft. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dodging Missiles pilots faced three formidable enemies over North Vietnam: antiaircraft guns, SA-2 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs), and MiG-17s and -21s. On a recent visit to the National Air and Space Museum retired Air Force Generals Spence Sam Armstrong and Michael Nelson recalled what it was like to face those enemies. During the Wild Weasel missions that Nelson describes, the F-105s deliberately tried to smoke out one of these threats. Once they were targeted by enemy radar used to guide SAMs to their airplanes, the F-105 pilots would fire missiles that homed on the enemy signals and destroyed the SAM site. Armstrong also describes one technique he used to escape MiGs: leading them to the SAM ring. Knowing the dangers of flying within reach of the SAMs radar, the MiG pilots would break off their pursuit. Video: airspacemag.comWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000STS-31: Launching Hubble of the space shuttles great achievements was launching and periodically servicing the Hubble Space Telescope, the most powerful astronomical instrument in history. Here the crew of STS-31, starting with astronomer-turned-astronaut Steve Hawley, explains the delicate teamwork required to remove Hubble from the shuttles cargo bay and leave it in orbit. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What are these abandoned tanks doing in Puerto Rico? the middle of Flamenco Beach lies an abandoned U.S. Army tank covered in graffitia remnant of a time when the United States valued Puerto Rico for its strategic military value. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This is What it Takes to Be an Air Traffic Controller Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, students in air traffic control endure a rigorous training process that typically lasts four to five years. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Yellowstone by air National Park is home to the largest concentration of geysers in the world. Get a birds-eye view of these prehistoric geysers. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lost in fog, a plane crashes upside down commuter flight coming into Cork, Ireland, is cleared to land after a thick fog begins to lift. As the pilots start their descent, disaster strikes and the plane begins to roll. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The U.S. assault on Okinawa was met with an eerie silence. U.S. troops launched their assault on the Pacific island of Okinawa, they expected fierce resistance from an entrenched Japanese army. Instead, they encountered only bewildered civilians.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000X-40 Drop Test X-40A test vehicle is shown making one of seven autonomous free flights at NASAs Dryden Flight Research Center in 2001. Hoisted to 15,000 feet by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, the X-40 points its nose down initially at a 60-degree angle before it flares near the runway and touches down at about 220 miles an hour. The X-40A provided valuable approach and landing data for the 120-percent scale X-37A vehicle that would later make its own drop tests at Dryden. Those tests paved the way for the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, scheduled to launch in early 2010 from Cape Canaveral. The X-37B will reach orbit atop an Atlas V booster, reenter the atmosphere autonomously, and land in California. Video: NASA Dryden Flight Research CenterWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Your Nationality Says About Your Airport Spending Frankfurt Airport, retail sales are analyzed by passengers nationalities. Thats how they know Chinese flyers spend more than five times the average passenger in their stores. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Star Treks Nichelle Nichols on Lt. Uhuras Impact Treks decision to cast Nichelle Nichols, an African American woman, as a major character on the show was an almost unheard-of move in 1968. For black women all over the country, it redefined the notions of which careers were possible. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Burning $350,000 worth of fuel in 500 seconds NASA tests their powerful J-2X rocket enginesburning an Olympic-sized swimming pool worth of fuel every secondthe test comes with a hefty price tag of $350,000. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Inside look at Elon Musk-funded Mars Simulation Project Elon Musk has donated money to the Mars Society in Utah. Its purpose is to help scientists prepare for the incredibly hostile conditions on the Red Planet.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000NASAs unusual transport plane Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane thats been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly every major NASA endeavor, from the Hubble Space Telescope to Skylab. Now its time for the aircraft to get a check-up. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000V2 Camera Views of Earth,1946 newsreel story from November 1946 about V-2 rocket camera photos. Video: Universal StudiosWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Go For Launch! this unique time-lapse video created from thousands of individual frames, photographers Scott Andrews, Stan Jirman and Philip Scott Andrews condense six weeks of painstaking work into three minutes, 52 seconds. The action starts in the hangar-like Orbiter Processing Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center, where Discovery has been outfitted for its STS-131 mission. The vehicle is then towed to the 525-foot-high Vehicle Assembly Building, hoisted into a vertical position and lowered onto its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters. Then its off to the pad on the giant Mobile Launcher Platform, where the shuttle is encased in its protective Rotating Service Structure until just before launch on April 5, 2010. The film ends with a glimpse of Discovery and the STS-131 astronauts coming in for a landing 15 days later, back in Florida where it all started. Video: Scott Andrews/Stan Jirman/Philip Scott AndrewsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Milky Way From Orbit 30 astronauts on board the International Space Station shot this high-definition sequence on December 29, 2011 during a 19-minute pass starting over central Africa and crossing to the South Indian Ocean. The starry band of the Milky Way is plainly visible, and Comet Lovejoy can be seen very faintly in the center of the frame (about halfway through) while storms flash below. The pass ends as the sun is rising over the dark ocean. Follow Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit's blog at ISS Expedition 30 CrewWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Acoustic Test Lockheed MartinWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Three Types of Food You Can Take to Space the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Skylab 4 commander Gerald Carr visits the duplicate of the spacecraft he once called home. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The largest ski aircraft in the world mighty plane has skis, and for good reason: It spends six months at the North Pole and six months at the South Pole each year.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gamera Crash Landing September 1, 2012, Henry Enerson flew Gamera II to an altitude of 9.4 feet. Enerson is a student at the University of Maryland, and part of a team that is competing for the Sikorsky Prize, which will be awarded to the first human-powered helicopter to hover for 60 seconds, reach an altitude of 9.8 feet, and stay within a 10-meter square box. During the September 1 flight, a carbon-fiber truss buckled in mid-air (it had not been sufficiently repaired after a previous crash). Fortunately, Enerson was uninjured from the hard landing. Team Gamera plans to go for the Sikorsky Prize before the end of this year. Video: TeamGameraHPHWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000New Shepards First Flight Origin, the space company started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2000, <a href="" target="_new">flew its suborbital New Shepard spaceship for the first time</a> on April 29, from the companys west Texas launch range. The test flight to an altitude of 307,000 feet was reportedly a success. Blue Origin plans eventually to use New Shepard for 12-minute tourist rides to space.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Search for a Missing Plane in the Vast Open Ocean hunt for MH370 was conducted over millions of square miles of the Indian Ocean. An inspector walks us through her successful investigation of a similar crash in 2009. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hercules On Deck in Carrier Operations EvaluationIn a test of the venerable and versatile C-130's suitability to support the Navy, a C-130F was equipped with an antiskid braking system and landed on the U.S.S. Forrestal. Footage courtesy Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Landing on Titan European Space Agency's Huygens probe descends to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan on Jan. 14, 2005. Project officials call this "the most realistic way yet to experience the Huygens probe landing." Video: ESA/NASA/JPL/University of ArizonaWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The First Day of Airmail, 1918 this silent film clip, an enthusiastic crowd gathers on the Washington, D.C. Polo Field on May 15, 1918, to watch the first scheduled airmail service linking New York, Philadelphia, and Washington. Shortly after President and Mrs. Wilson arrived, a Post Office truck delivered four bags of mail, into which President Wilson deposited a letter from Postmaster General Albert Burleson to Thomas Patten, the postmaster of New York. Lieutenant George Boyle took off in his JN-4H, carrying the mail north. Unfortunately, the rookie pilot headed south, confused by the overabundance of train tracks (which he was instructed to use as a guide), and landed 60 minutes later near Waldorf, Maryland, overturning his airplane in the process.Meanwhile, the eagerly anticipated mail from New Yorkwhich had yet to arriveincluded a music roll addressed to the president, a copy of Secretary of War Newton Bakers book of his impressions of the Front, and a letter to the President from New York Governor Charles Whitman, pledging the states support for the coming Red Cross drive. Also winging its way to Washington was a letter to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, from the officers and men of the Pelham Bay Training Camp urging Daniels to attend a performance of Biff Bang, a shindig to be performed by the enlisted men. Three hours and five minutes after leaving Belmont Park Racetrack in New York, Lieutenant Webb landed in Washington, D.C. and deposited the mail, which was quickly sorted by Boy Scouts assigned to the task. Video: Courtesy National Archives and Record AdministrationWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Marines Test the Joint Strike Fighter pilots from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force had already flown the new F-35 Lightning II, or Joint Strike Fighter, when U.S. Marine Major J.T. Bachmann took it up for a test run on March 19, 2009, at Lockheed Martins Fort Worth, Texas factory. Bachmann flew the Air Force's F-35A variant, with Lockheed pilot Jon Beesley's name written on the side. But the Marines will get their own version of the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-35B, with short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) capability. Video: Courtesy of Lockheed Martin AeronauticsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flightseeing in Alaska Talkeetna, Alaska, 60 miles from Mount McKinley, four flying services have the National Park Services permission to land on the glaciers in Denali National Park. Although more climbers than ever are flying to Mount McKinley, most of the trips to the mountain today are flown to give tourists a look at the majesty at high elevations, with scenes like those in this video. Video: Sheldon Air ServiceWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sean Tucker Practice Session does it take to be a top airshow performer? Talent, of course, and the ability to withstand physically demanding maneuvers at 250 miles per hour. But it also takes lots of practice, as Sean D. Tucker of Team Oracle demonstrates in this exclusive video showing one of his 800-times-a-year practice sessions. Over the Michigan countryside, Tucker flies a routine that includes rolls, loops, and a generous helping of smoke.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Huntsvilles Secret Space Program legacy of space exploration began with a Nazi rocket scientist and a secret government mission called Operation Paperclip.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Most Surprising Artifacts: From Shuttle to Scrunchie the massive Space Shuttle Discovery to astronaut Pam Melroys hair scrunchie, the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum is home to all kinds of space exploration artifacts. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This is How You Trick Enemy Missiles helicopters are dispatched to rescue a downed U.S. pilot, the escorting A-10 Warthogs are there for one purpose: to serve as decoys for Serbian missiles. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Astronaut Olympics the night of February 16, 2010, while most Americans were sleeping, the astronauts on the International Space Station decided to have a little fun. The Winter Olympics were on, the crew had a few hours of off-duty time, and heres what they came up with. Performing are Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi and STS-130 crew members Terry Virts, Kay Hire, and Steve Robinson. Video: NASAWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The 120th Fighter Squadron from the 120th Fighter Squadron, an Air National Guard unit stationed at Buckley AFB in Aurora, Colorado. Read about protecting American skies 10 years after 9/11 in our September 2011 issue.Video: Ed DarackWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ranger VII Views the Moon July 1964, Ranger 7 returned the first close-up pictures of the Moon. This NASA film shows the sequence of frames taken in the 17 minutes before impact on July 31. (Video: NASA)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a Terrorists Homemade Bomb Made it Past Security Airlines Flight 434 was headed to Tokyo when a bomb exploded on board, killing one passenger. How Ramzi Yousef, the terrorist who planted the explosive, made it past airport security is alarming. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Fighter Plane Powerful Enough to Destroy a Satellite in Space the midst of the Cold War, the U.S. began to develop anti-satellite aircrafts to combat Russias vast space expansion. This F-15 footage from 1985 is the first time they succeeded.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Seat Upgrade the passenger cabin of an airliner is no small task.In this 2014 video, an assembly crew installs the seats in Qatar Airways first Airbus A380. (Video: Airbus)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Remembering Space Shuttle Columbia January 2003, Space Shuttle Columbia launched with a crew of seven on a two-week mission. On the return flight, damaged heat shields allowed gas to penetrate the wing, and the spacecraft was destroyed. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Abort! Abort! the space shuttle, NASA's next human-rated space vehicle, Orion, will have a quick and dirty method of getting astronauts the heck away from their booster in the event of a launch emergency. This video shows a recent test of the launch abort rockets that will sit atop the new Ares I rocket. In this test, conducted by NASAs contractor ATK in the Utah desert, the rockets were turned upside down for a static firing. Imagine them turned 180 degrees on a 45-foot-tall assembly atop the Orion spacecraft. Although Orion will weigh more than 10 tons, the rockets are powerful enough to yank it straight up from the launch pad a mile high and a mile downrange. The six astronauts inside would be subjected to a brief load of 15 Gs, tolerable because theyll be on their backs. Later this year, NASA will conduct a full-up test of a launch abort system and a full-scale Orion dummy capsule. Video: NASAWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The X-3 Stiletto 1953 the Douglas Aircraft Company of Long Beach, California, produced a single copy of a needle-nose jet design, which pioneered the use of titanium for light weight and strength, and introduced new technology for aircraft tires. But the X-3 was underpowered with its Westinghouse J-34 engine, and the model never reached its planned speeds. During a test flight on October 27, 1954, pilot Joseph A. Walker performed two rudder-fixed aileron rolls at speeds of Mach .92 and 1.05, which led to a phenomenon called inertial coupling, where the heavy, high-density fuselage cannot be stabilized by the narrow wings and fuselage. Walker was able to recover control. Air Force testing lasted through 1956 at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) high-speed flight station, which was later known as the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. In this silent, color footage, the X-3 instruments are calibrated during a preflight check, the aircraft takes off, lands with the aid of a parachute, and is trucked away across the California desert. Video: NASA Dryden Flight Research CenterWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Space Station Steering International Space Station orbits about 250 miles above Earth. Although the atmosphere at that altitude is wispy, it still exerts enough drag to slow the ISS and cause it to lose altitude. At the same time, the giant, wing-like solar arrays swivel to track the sun, introducing disturbances to the station's orbit and alignment that build up over time. As a result, the ISS needs to be reboosted at regular intervals, and its heading and alignment need to be adjusted constantly. Animation: Bill AbreuWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Strange History of the Jet Pack, and Where Its Heading jet packs were first revealed in 1961, they quickly captured the publics imagination. Its design hasnt varied much since it debuted, but one man is looking to change that. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Intense footage of fake towns used for 1950s nuclear tests test the impact of an atomic blast on populated areas, technicians built entire fake towns, with houses, shops, and even mannequin families. These settlements went by an ominous name: Doom towns. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Under the Eiffel Tower Robert Moriarty flies under the Eiffel Tower in his racing Bonanza in 1984. It was a beautiful spring morning with maybe 5,000 people around the park and immediate area of the Eiffel Tower. In a few short minutes word spread to everyone that someone had flown through the Tower. Though not everyone saw the airplane, lots of people knew about it in short order. Video: airspacemag.comWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Space Suit Ahead of Its Time Elkins demonstrates the mobility of the EX-1A, which he developed at AiResearch in the late 1960s. It was the first suit to use his patented toroidal joints, and was the most mobile suit that had been created at that time. (Most of the motions in this video would not have been possible in the Apollo suit.) The EX-1A (which on the moon would have been covered with a cloth material) is pressurized 35 percent higher than the Apollo suits. Those suits required considerable effort to move, and had pneumatic spring forces that rebounded to the neutral position. By contrast, the EX-1A joints were very low-torque and came much closer to mimicking the full mobility of the human body. Video: Courtesy Bill ElkinsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Titan Global Map of Arizona/CNRS/LPGNantesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000From Kamikaze to surrender merciless attacks from Japanese Kamikaze pilots, America takes extreme measures to end World War II. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The only live news report from the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, an NBC radio affiliate in Honolulu made an urgent phone call to New York. In the call, the reporter begins to describe what the world would later know as the attack on Pearl Harbor. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Sun Erupts seen by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, March 30, 2010Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A-6 Wing Flutter Tests NASA Langley Research CenterWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Fruit Fly's Evasive Maneuvers F Muijres, University of WashingtonWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What it Takes to Keep the B-2 Stealthy maintenance, highly trained pilots, and specialized equipment keep the B-2 in shape for combat. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Actual Footage of Desert Storms First Apache Strikes clear the way for the first airstrikes of the Gulf War, eight Apache helicopters had to covertly destroy Iraqi radar sites. This is a first-hand view of how their mission went down. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000ALMA reveals planets born earlier than we thought 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years away. What he found proved that planets formed billions of years earlier than what scientists originally calculated. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Stunning slo-mo footage of hummingbirds hovering in air. hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witness. Take a look at what exactly takes place mid-flight and how theyre able to move with such control. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a subtle design change transformed fighter planes made the P-51 Mustang such an effective aircraft was its light, all-aluminum fuselage and an innovative wing design that gave it a huge advantage in the air. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the biggest airport hangars arent for planes biggest airport hangars are reserved for ground vehicles that have a 17-ton chassis and twin 16L engines. Theyre built to shunt a fully loaded jet40 times heavier than they arearound the airport. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Its raining dummies! developed in 1949, Sierra Sam is considered the grandfather of all modern crash test dummies. But he was more useful falling from a plane than being thrown from a car.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Adventures of Smilin Jack (1943) comic strip form, Smilin Jacks appearance was modeled on that of barnstormer and air racing star Roscoe Turner, three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy. The movie serial went bland and blond with actor Tom Brown, who would later have a recurring role as a rancher on televisions Gunsmoke. This 1943 serial featured the lovely Marjorie Lord, Keye Luke (better known as Charlie Chans Number One son and for his recurring role in the TV series Kung Fu), Sidney Toler (Charlie Chan), and Turhan Bey (Bey was in several serials; his exotic looks doomed him always to play the heavy). Watch the other chapters of The Adventures of Smilin' Jack at the Internet Archive.<a href="" target="_new">Interactive Archive</a>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Flight of Freedom 7 contemporary NASA documentary on Alan Shepard's 1961 Mercury-Redstone 3 flight, with scenes of astronaut training and spacecraft preparation. Old-school style, but plenty of good footage. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Flock of Drones a few of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in civilian use today:The U.S. Geological Survey uses the (1) AeroVironment RQ-11A Raven for land management tasks, including monitoring controlled burns from above.(2) Aurora Flight Sciences Skate can easily fit in a backpack so an operator can carry it on the road and quickly assemble it when needed.At the Alpine Ski World Cup in Switzerland in January 2012, the (3) Dedicam octocopter provided high-definition live coverage of the downhill races.Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers asked passersby to test the ease of their iPhone application to pilot (4) MITS quadcopter through an obstacle course.Colorados Mesa County Sheriffs Office is one of a growing number of law enforcement agencies with drone licenses. Their (5) Falcon fixed-wing drone lets them cover more territory when searching for lost hikers. In a demonstration for the USDA Forest Service, American Aerospace Advisors, Inc. shows how its (6) Arcturus T-16 can be used for real-time fire monitoring.Editing: Roger Mola; Music: Kevin MacLeod/Incompetech.comWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Remote Control A-10 A-10 takes flight. Video: John SothamWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What some of the most important Civil Rights sites look like from the air. Civil Rights movement was defined by seismic events taking place in the South: the murder of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks refusing to leave her bus seat, and Martin Luther King, Jr.s Selma-to-Montgomery march. Here, we revisit the sites from the sky. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000STS-122 Launch crews show movies of their dramatic ride to orbit. The crew of STS-122, led by commander Stephen Frick, who narrates this clip, did an especially good job of capturing all the milestones, from strap-in to the jettisoning of the external fuel tank a little over eight minutes after launch. Onboard were fellow NASA astronauts Alan Poindexter, Leland Melvin, Rex Walheim, and Stan Love, along with German astronauts Hans Schlegel and Lopold Eyharts.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The best view of the Grand Canyon still dont entirely comprehend the 1.5 billion year history of the Grand Canyon: Its a story of erosion that has created one of the most breathtaking sites in America. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Disaster strikes as two planes collide on the same runway the night of November 19, 1996, a small twin turboprop aircraft is taxiing at Quincy airport in Illinois. At the same time, another plane, United Express Flight 5925, is getting ready to landon exactly the same runway. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A gas station flying in the clouds the delicate, midair meeting between the Omega 707, an aerial refueling tanker, and a fighter jet. This kind of precise flying is when a pilots skills are truly tested. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Americas First Flying Car the 1930s, Harold Pitcairn bought the Spanish autogyro patent and propelled it to new heights in the U.S. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mars Science Laboratory How Things Work feature for November 2011 focuses on the landing of the Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory in August 2012. But that will be just the start of this most ambitious Mars mission yet, which is due to launch from Cape Canaveral on November 25. In this animation from NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, we see Curiositys journey from Earth, the dramatic descent to the surface, and glimpses of the kinds of science investigations the car-size rover will conduct during its multi-year stay on Mars.Video: JPLWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Treks Tricorder years after the show aired, Star Treks fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventors to create one quickly. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Truck Killer:The A-26A rare footage shot during the Vietnam War shows the Douglas A-26 Invader operating at England Air Force Base in Louisiana and at Nakhon Phanom RTAFB in Thailand. The final scenes at the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Field in Fort Worth, Texas, show the last airworthy A-26A, "Special K," now owned and being restored by the Pacific Prowler organization chaired by Jim Terry. Video: Nolan Schmidt/Franklin Poole/Pacific Prowler OrganizationWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Comet Lovejoy from the ISS Space Station Commander Dan Burbank capturedthis spectacular imagery of Comet Lovejoy, viewed from about 240 miles above the Earth's horizon on December 21. The astronauts were over Tasmania, just before sunrise. Two days later, the station received three new crew members. Follow astronaut Don Pettit's blog at Source: NASAWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000MESSENGER's Mercury globe of Mercury was assembled from thousands of images taken by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, which has been orbiting the planet since 2011. The colors are enhanced to show rocks of different composition and age. Rays from fresh impact craters appear light blue or white. Darker blues show areas of what's called "low reflectance material," and tan areas are lava plains.Video: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of WashingtonWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Maverick of Flying Cars Maverick, a flying car that looks like a buggy with a parachute, was built to make the remotest regions of the world more accessible.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What airplane toilets do with your waste airplane toilet bowls rely on strong suction and Teflon-coated walls to flushcausing waste to accelerate through its pipes faster than a Formula One racecar. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jetting Through the Grand Canyon wouldn't be allowed to do it today, but back in 1959, experienced military pilots would sometimes buzz the Grand Canyon when flying out of nearby Nellis AFB. At the time, RAF pilot Ron Dick was an exchange officer with the US Air Force, training students in a Lockheed T-33. Fellow instructor Bud Pratt recalls that during these Canyon flights, the pilots would fly low enough that water would spray up from the river.Ron Dick rose to the rank of Air Vice Marshal and later became a fellow of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum and a popular writer and lecturer on military history. He died in 2008. His son Gary Dick, who put together this video from Ron's footage, says, "As a lifelong supporter of the National Parks and a man with a keen interest in bird watching, Ron would definitely endorse the flight restrictions that ensure natural quiet in the parks today." Courtesy of Gary DickWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gilmore Brothers in 1894, Lyman Gilmore constructed a series of gliders and powered airplanes in his barn in Grass Valley, California. There is no evidence, however, that any of Gilmores creations flew. But his lack of success in the air didnt stop him and his brother, Charles, from proudly showing off an enormous monoplane. Excited by his designs, Gilmore founded an aircraft company, even selling stock to investors. Video: archive.orgWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Interview with the Expert: Katie Moore educator Katie Moore is teaching Smithsonian visitors to see the skies in a whole new light. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How 12 seconds could have prevented this plane crash the 2005 crash landing of Air France Flight 358 in Toronto, investigators sort through the wreckage for answers. They find no obvious mechanical fault with the plane, leading them to believe the cause was much simpler. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Death of JFK, Jr. distracting radio issue, a hazy night, and a new pilot unsure of his instruments: According to investigators, these were some of the possible factors that led to John F. Kennedy Jr.s tragic plane crash. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Souped-Up Seahawk October 16, 2008, at the New Castle County Airport near Wilmington, Delaware, Piasecki put its X-49A experimental Speedhawk helicopter through a final series of hoops that satisfied Phase 1 of its development for the U.S. Navy. The X-49A is a Sikorsky SH-60F Seahawk naval helicopter that Piasecki modified with an airplane wing and an aft propeller to give it greater speed and range. During the October demonstration, the helicopter reached 207 mph; an unmodified Seahawk at the same weight would fly at 150 to 160 mph. Other accomplishments demonstrated: a 35 to 50 percent increase in deceleration and acceleration speeds, compared with what a Black Hawk helicopter can do; a no-hover takeoff; a 47 percent increase in speed over a Seahawk operating at the same power; and a 50 percent reduction in vibration, due to the ducted propeller and the wing relieving the rotor of some of its lift and thrust duties. Next up? A third engine, which Piasecki hopes will enable the craft to exceed 230 mph. As for a production version, if one is approved, the company says that cruise speed will be 235 mph and dash speed, 255 mph. Video: Piasecki AircraftWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Surviving a surface-to-air missile attack in Iraq the tense moments after a terrorist group fires a missile at the wings of a DHL Airbusthe first civilian aircraft casualty of the Iraq War. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A crucial step to landing on the moon Neil Armstrong could walk on the moon, astronauts Jim McDivitt, Rusty Schweickart, and David Scott had to successfully test the lunar landing module in space. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Clare Musgrove Musgrove was assigned to the United States 15th Air Force based in Bari, Italy, as a ball turret gunner for B-24 Liberators. In June 1944, his B-24 was on a mission to bomb the oil refineries in Ploesti, Romania, when the airplane was brought down by flak. In this video made in 2007, Musgrove talks about what it was like to bail out over a land he knew nothing about and of the Serbian family who gave him shelter while he awaited rescue. Video: Euro-Atlantic InitiativeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Houdini in Australia Houdini made 18 flights in Australia in his Voisin biplane, according to reports in Aircraft magazine; the longest was 19 minutes. For this newsreel footage, he flew more than six miles. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Thermal Vacuum Chamber Lockheed MartinWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Solar Array Deploy Lockheed MartinWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lindberghs First Dreams of Flight Lindberghs dreams of flight took off at a young age, when an airplane flying over Little Falls, Minnesota captured his imagination. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Illustrating the FALCON Hypersonic Vehicle Paul DiMares illustration of the future FALCON hypersonic cruise vehicle (see Mach 20 or Bust, September 2007) begins with a wireframe drawing. The artist then adds texture, lighting and backgrounds before rendering the final scene. Illustration: Paul DiMareWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Attack on the USS Bunker Hill USS Bunker Hill experiences an entirely new kind of war. Without warning, two suicide bombers dive straight into the carrier, causing chaos and death. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Schneider Trophy Trials, 1929 the U.S. armed services withdrew major support for the Schneider Trophy competition, with only one win to go to retire the cup for the United States, Navy Lt. Alford J. Williams stepped into the breach. Williams had earned the title the Navys fastest flyer by achieving a world record speed of 243.7 mph in the 1923 Pulitzer Trophy air race when he was the Navys chief test pilot and head of high-speed research. Hoping to develop a new racer to retake the trophy that Jimmy Doolittle won in 1925, Williams raised $30,000 to help the Navy build a streamlined Mercury seaplane to compete in 1929. In this video from the National Archives, the Mercury, the first monoplane the United States would enter, taxis on the Chesapeake Bay but does not lift off. According to contemporary news accounts, the aircraft did skim the water for approximately 100 yards. But the Navy-supplied Packard engine was not powerful enough to make the racer competitive, and Williams withdrew from the race, ceding the title to England, which retired the Trophy with a 1931 win. Williams resigned from the Navy in 1930. Video: United States NavyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000F-15 vs. Alien Tripod: Who Would Win? would happen if a 1,000-foot-tall alien tripod faced off with an F-15 fighter jet? Would the aircrafts state-of-the-art missiles be any match for this monsters powerful death ray? Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Violently losing control over the Grand Canyon an experienced crew in the cockpit, why did United Airlines Flight 718s pilots lose complete control high above one of the countrys most dramatic landmarks? Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Build a Mailplane in 37 Seconds time-lapse video shows Addison Pemberton's restored Boeing 40C coming together in Pemberton's shop in Spokane, Washington, earlier this year. Video: Addison PembertonWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting the September 2011 Cover Darack, the photographer and writer who <a href="" target="_new">documented a Colorado Air National Guard unit for our September 2011 issue</a>, tells how he got the cover shot. We launched gently into the skyas opposed to a vertical takeoff which, while dramatic, uses up a lot of fuel that we needed to save for climbs over the mountains. As I readied to make the shot, Lt. Col. Turner rocked his aircraft toward me for the best view of his jet, just as wed briefed. But at the critical moment I realized the camera had been firing the whole timethe G forces had depressed the shutter release. And by that time, so many shots had been fired that the camera's buffer was full.<br><br> "We regrouped and did it again, then again, and again. By the end of the fourth try I was disoriented and feeling nauseous. But I still wasn't satisfied with the shots Id gotten. We had just enough fuel for one more try, so we pulled up in formation for a last attempt. We flew into a cloud opening, well lit by the sun and with views of the mountains below as we hit the perfect anglefor just a half second. I hit the shutter at the very last moment before all three aircraft rolled out. Video: Ed DarackWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Moonrise on the Space Station board the International Space Station in May 2012, Expedition 31 astronaut Don Pettit opens the shutters covering the cupola observation windows in time to watch the moon rise. The time-lapse scene was photographed from the airlock of the Station's Russian segment.Video: NASA/ISS Expedition 31 CrewWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Surviving a turbulent crash-landing on the SFO runway the morning of July 6, 2013, and an overnight flight from South Korea is preparing to land in San Francisco. One passenger looking out of the window notices something strangeseconds later, an alarm sounds in the cockpit. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Which State Looks the Most Like Mars? over Utah, its easy to imagine that youve left Earth and have stepped onto another planet. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Astrology school dropout supposedly learned astrology as a part of studying the zodiac man for his medical degree, but the records reveal that he was expelled from school soon after enrolling. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How NASA cut costs with a new kind of spacecraft budgets for space exploration falling toward the end of the 1960s, NASA began to make plans for a new kind of reusable spacecraft to save money: the space shuttle. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Rocket You Can Count On it comes to dependability, no human-rated rocket will be more critical than the descent engine for the next lunar lander, which will fire to slow the astronauts to a safe and gentle touchdown on the moon.NASA is currently testing various configurations of the descent engine, shown here in a chamber at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdynes location in West Palm Beach, Florida. Throttling at various levels between 15 percent and 100 percent of full power, the descent engine will give future astronauts precise control over their landings.As liquid oxygen at -297 degrees F combines with liquid hydrogen at -423 degrees F and combusts, gases containing hot steam are propelled out the nozzle. Because the nozzle is itself supercooled, this steam condenses to form icicles on the rim, right next to 5,000-degree-F exhaust.Video: NASAWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000F16 Walkaround F-16Cs flown by the 120th Fighter Squadron at Buckley AFB in Colorado are always fully armed and ready to launch at a moment&rsquo;s notice, as Master Sergeant Stephen Richardson explains. Read about Air National Guard units 10 years after 9/11 in our September 2011 issue. Video: <a href="" target="_blank">Ed Darack</a>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The First Non-Stop Transcontinental Flight May 1923, McCook Field test pilots John Macready and Oakley Kelly flew from New York to San Diego in a Fokker T-2, setting a new cross-country record: 26 hours, 50 minutes. The narration is from the 1953 film 'The Air Force Story'.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Worlds Only Flying Observatory may look like a normal plane, but NASAs Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a one-of-a-kind Special Performance 747, equipped with a 17-ton telescope. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Harrowing Accounts from Hiroshima Survivors an American B-29 dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the explosion instantly killed tens of thousands of people and left many wounded. These survivors recount the horrific aftermath. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Apache vs. Dragon: Who Would Win? mythic dragon takes on a lethal AH-64 Apache helicopter. Will a laser-guided missile, chain gun, or warhead have any effect on this fire-breathing legend? Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000One of the Most Intense Aerial and Naval Bombardments World War II, the 1945 attack on Balikpapan was described as hell on earth by those who witnessed it. This rare footage shows the epic scale of the assault, in which 3,000 tons of aerial bombs and 46,800 naval ammunitions were used. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hope for One Nation, Pain and Suffering for the Other President Truman informed the public of the Hiroshima bombing, hope began to return to the United States. At the same time, the scale of devastation it wrought was just starting to become clear in Japan. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Marine compares flying the Harrier to riding a dragon Harriers unique takeoff style and agility owes a lot to its 47-foot frame and mere 15,000 pounds in weightalmost half the size of most modern fighter jets. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Nazi engineer who created the first ballistic missile Von Braun became interested in space flight from an early age. This passion would lead him to become a key figure in the development of one of the Nazis most devastating weapons: the V2 rocket. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Liberators Over Europe sequence from the 1947 Air Force film "Liberators Over Europe" captures some of the B-24's best-known missions.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Pilot Let a Child Fly the Plane? inspecting the 1994 crash of Aeroflot Flight 593, investigators detect a childs voice on the black box recording. Was a kid flying the plane when it went down? Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hidden in the sand almost no archeological evidence of the Great Arab Revolt, researchers take to the air to get a new perspective on the timeworn battlegrounds. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feet are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test in a simulated, pressurized plane. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The surprising reason birds first grew feathers birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flight. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Were lithium batteries the cause of this plane crash? Airlines Flight 6 crashed into a military base 10 miles from Dubai Airport on September 3, 2010. Investigators seeking answers zero in on the plane's cargo: highly flammable lithium batteries.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ospreys Over Afghanistan and writer Ed Darack hops in an MV-22 Osprey along with U.S. Marines in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The action starts in a rocky, remote combat outpost (COP) called the Castle, then switches to a rolling takeoff from a paved airfield at Camp Bastion. The Ospreys then climb over agricultural areas to the Helmand River Valley. As the Tiltrotor reaches altitude, the view through its starboard window shows its engine nacelle switching from the vertical mode used for takeoff to an efficient horizontal orientation for level flight, as the hum of the Rolls-Royce engine changes pitch. Pilots point to a hole in the clouds used as a visual flight reference. As the Ospreys reach a machine gun range, the gunner loads and readies the .50 caliber and blasts away. The Ospreys land at another remote COP before touching down at the bustling Kandahar Air Field in Kandahar City, home to fighters and heavy transports. Video: Ed DarackWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Forest Flight Down Down an Alaskan Plane Crash in the Wilderness. When the National Transportation and Safety Board office in Alaska first hears about a plane going down, protocol is to begin gathering information: how bad the crash is, the number of survivors, and where exactly the wreckage is located. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The worlds largest radio telescope Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East Asia. With its 66 antennas sitting 16,400 feet above sea level, ALMA gives us an incredible view of the universe. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A plane consumed by deadly fog high-ranking dignitaries on the Polish Air Force Tu-154 flight to Smolensk, Russia, are preparing to land. That is, until a dense fog envelops the aircraft. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Adapting to the times a workhorse for the Red Army, the Antonov 124s new gig has it hauling freight as a commercial cargo plane. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Human Price of Apollo Mike Marcucci chronicles the human story of the Apollo lunar module in his forthcoming documentary <i>LM Builders</i>. In this interview excerpt, former Grumman manager Lynn Radcliffe talks about the sacrifices made by the people who built the world's first moonships. Video: Mike MarcucciWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Pumpkin Practice 1945, dummy bombs called "Pumpkins" were released during top-secret tests over the southwestern United States as practice for dropping the first atomic bombs. This rare color footage (the narration has been added) shows a B-29 crew releasing bombs over a bullseye plowed into the arid desert floor at a remote field near the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000These astronauts drink recycled urine to stay hydrated themselves are important sources of water in outer space. With the help of a special centrifuge, their urine is distilled, then processed to provide clean drinking water. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SpaceShipTwo First Powered Flight April 29, 2013, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle fired its engine in flight for the first time to surpass Mach 1, after being dropped from the company's WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane. Mark Stucky (pilot) and Mike Alsbury (co-pilot) were at the controls of SS2 for the test, flown over Mojave, California. Both are test pilots for Scaled Composites, who built the spaceship. In this first test, the engine burned for 16 seconds, and the vehicle reached an altitude of 55,000 feet. The company plans more powered tests this year, and expects SpaceShipTwo to reach the edge of space - above 62 miles -- before the end of 2013. Video: Virgin GalacticWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Himawari-8 Time-Lapse View, August 5, 2015 Japanese Meteorological AgencyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -000016 Sunsets a Day you're traveling on board a space shuttle, you'll have no shortage of picturesque views; as the shuttle orbits around Earth, the sun rises and sets 16 times a day!Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A flight attendant realizes no one is flying the plane the midst of a crisis, a startled flight attendant on Helios Flight 522 follows his training for depressurization: Put your oxygen mask on and wait for instructions from the cockpit. Little did he know, those instructions would never come. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Broadcasting from the Moon the world paused to watch the Apollo 11 moon landing, millions were inspired, but a select few couldnt believe what was right before their eyes. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Witness to disaster Coleman describes watching the Hindenburg burst into flames and passengers throwing their belongings, their children, and themselves from the windows of the burning ship. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000An Osprey Folds its Wings of the more demanding design requirements for an aircraft based on an aircraft carrier is the need to consume as little space as possible when not in use. This is even more pressing a problem for the V-22 Osprey, given its ungainly stance when taking off or landing. Video: airspacemag.comWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ranger 9s Last Moments course: Millions of Americans were glued to their TV sets on March 24, 1965 to watch Ranger 9 transmit video of the final 17 minutes (shown here speeded up) of its dive into the moons crater Alphonsus. The video begins with Ranger 9 at a distance of about 1,477 miles from the moon and ends with impact inside the 67-mile-wide crater. Video: NASAWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The F-16s First Flight January 20, 1974, General Dynamics test pilot Phil Oestricher readied the first YF-16 for its first hop, a brief flight just a few feet above the runway. But the simulator Oestricher had trained in did not adequately portray control-stick forces, and he hadnt learned to judge how much aileron he was commanding. After liftoff, the YF-16 could barely be controlled, and Oestricher decided it would be safer to take off, try to regain control, and land. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Scientists are Developing Star Treks Phaser of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin lab. One high-energy laser beam, similar to the phaser from the series, can even track and destroy rockets. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000STS-95: John Glenn Returns to Space Glenn was the only one of the Mercury Seven astronauts to fly on the space shuttleon STS-95 in October-November 1998. The flight came 36 years after his only other space mission, Mercury-Atlas 6, and was something of a victory lap for the 77-year-old Glenn, who was still a U.S. Senator at the time. The launch and the postflight briefing both drew larger-than-normal crowds of reporters and well wishers. Here Glenn describes two Florida photos taken more than 30 years apart, and pokes good-natured fun at his young crewmates (mission commander) Curt Brown, Chiaki Mukai of Japan, and Pedro Duque of Spain. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This telescope was built in a massive sinkhole 1958, the Pentagon wanted to build a 1,000-foot-wide telescope for its ballistic missile program. They ended up building it in Puerto Rico inside a massive sinkhole. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How 9/11 altered Laura Bush’s role as First Lady days after 9/11, first lady Laura Bush spoke at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the memorial for the victims of Flight 93. In that moment, she shed her natural reserve to become the nation’s “comforter-in-chief.”Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flying into Hurricane Sandy P-3 Orion is able to withstand 200 mph winds and multiple lightning strikes as it gathers information that helps predict the storm movements of Hurricane Sandy.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000These are the final moments of Amelia Earhart on the ground 1937, Amelia Earhart was about to embark on a record-setting flight around the world. In her final moments, she took her last photograph and set off from a Burbank, California, airstrip, captured in recently recovered home movie footage.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Caused One of the Safest Planes to Crash? a flight from Chicago to Pittsburgh, US Air Flight 427 unexpectedly stalled and immediately crashed. Given the aircrafts almost-flawless safety record, investigators struggle to find strong evidence to determine its cause.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The incredible reptiles that flew 200 million years ago 200-million-year-old fossil reveals the amazing body structure of a reptilian creature known as the dimorphodon. Not only did it possess wings, it was one of the first large vertebrates to travel by air. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000F-105 Walkaround Specialist John Shatz describes how squadron maintenance crews in the Vietnam War came to love a beast like the F-105 Thunderchief. Twice a day, almost every day, the aircraft had to be ready for strike missions into North Vietnam, where anti-aircraft defenses and MiGs awaited them. More than half of the 610 Thunderchiefs built were lost on those missions; a surviving example is on display at the National Air and Space Museums Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Video: airspacemag.comWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Barnstorming captures their annual gathering: the visceral exhilaration of flight, the anticipation of the barnstormers arrival, and celebration of the reunion. (Produced and written by Bryan Reichhardt and Paul Glenshaw; Copyright 2009, Barnstorming Productions, LLC)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Bleriot XI Simulation at the University of Liverpool's Flight Simulation Laboratory take their virtual Blriot XI racer for a test run. The simulation was created in 2009 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Reims air meet. Video: University of Liverpool Flight Simulation LaboratoryWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Drones are now being used to battle wildfires fire crew fighting a large blaze in Yosemite National Park lose contact with their command. Their only hope of survival is an aerial drone with an infrared camera sent out to find them. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Interview with the Expert: Carla Dove Doves area of expertise is ornithology. As a forensic ornithologist she aims to make the skies a safer place for birds and planes. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Tuskegee Red-Tail Angels Black leaders demanded equality and World War II demanded more skilled soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, or Red-Tail Angels, became the first African American pilots to train for combat. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Scandal in the Biosphere giant 2.2-acre terrarium, Biosphere 2 was hailed as a marvel of modern scienceuntil the scientists who volunteered to live inside it were embroiled in scandalous rumors of sex and deceit. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Eleanor Roosevelt visited active war zones during WWII Roosevelt's wartime travels to support U.S. soldiers were considerable: in the Pacific theater alone, she would meet with an astonishing 400,000 troops.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ares I-X Launch Ares I-X launch on October 28, 2009, tested the basic design and control system for the proposed Ares 1 crew launcher scheduled to debut in 2015. This was the first new rocket launched by NASA in nearly 30 years. Video: NASAWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Asteroid Retrieval Mission's plan to retrieve an asteroid starts with a robotic mission to rendezvous with a 25-foot space rock in 2019 and place it in a capture bag. The asteroid would then be returned to the neighborhood of Earth and the Moon for closer examination by astronauts, who would launch in 2021 in the new Orion spacecraft. Video: NASAWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Does a Solar System Form? James Webb Space Telescope, due to launch in 2018, will push aside the curtain to watch the process of stellar birth. In largely opaque regions called nebulae, dust and gas swirl together to create stars and proto-planetary systems. The Hubble Space Telescope has peered into these regions, but the JWST, optimized to see infrared light that penetrates the dust, will give astronomers a better view of these baby solar systems than ever before. (Video: NASA/GSFC)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Trials of the Doak one Doak VZ-4 was built, partly cobbled together using parts from other types. The U.S. Army, the project sponsor, eventually decided to stick with helicopters, and put the Doak in a museum at Ft. Eustis, Virginia. (Video: U.S. Army)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The First Dog to fly to the North Pole her owner on his Arctic expeditions, Titina became the first dog to go to the North Pole. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Plane Was About to Crash. Why Didnt It? Los Angeles, China Airlines Flight 006 nosedives toward the Pacific as one of its engines fails. Miraculously, the plane recovers just in the nick of time. What saved it?Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The first time an F-15 shot down an enemy plane 1979, the F-15 was still untested in combat. That summer, a conflict between Israel and Syria would change that. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The daring stunt that put bungee jumping on the map 1987, two adventurers from New Zealand made a daring—and illegal—televised bungee jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Host Phil Keoghan meets one of those men, who shows us how the extreme sport went global.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Baikonur Rollout of the Soyuz 27S rocket being raised for launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in June 2011.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Space Shuttle Discovery lands at the Smithsonian historic journey from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museums Udvar-Hazy Center marks the end of an era of space travel. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What do these trees have to reveal about UFOs? samples at an alleged UFO crash site outside Pittsburgh reveal a dramatic decrease in growth around 1965the same year many locals reported a mysterious, bright object in the skies. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Houston, We Have a Problem the routine landing of a one-hour flight from Laredo to Houston, the plane suddenly falls from the sky. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Was this North Korean Missile Attack Real? an SR-71 Blackbird is detected by a North Korean radar, the crew receive a fake missile response. Or at least thats what they think. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The TSR-2 in Flight the first flight test of the TSR-2 XR219 bomber at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, England, in September 1964, engineers of the British Aircraft Corporation shot (silent) footage from all angles, in both black and white and color. For the first takeoff, pilot Roland Beamont, with navigator Donald Bowen in the second seat, pitched the TSR-2 into a steep climb with afterburner, buzzed the English countryside, then circled for approach-to-landing maneuvers. During initial tests, the TSR-2 engineers could not perfect the sequence in which the gear retracted into the fuselage after takeoff or descended before landing; the footage shows the first success, on test flight number 10. In his first landings, Beamont flew at a rate of descent too steep and fast to avoid a perilous, embarrassing bounce at touchdown. He smoothed out subsequent landings and deployed a parachute to brake the aircraft to a stop on a short field. After each flight, Beamont and Bowen are met by a white-coated ground crew for debriefing. Footage Courtesy of Imperial War Museum, Duxford, England.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What We Do and Dont Know about the MH370 Pilots from Malaysia 370 to rampant speculation, the pilots of MH370 have had the most minute details of their private lives dissected by the press. But which theories are actually plausible?Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A paratrooper’s perspective what it’s like to jump out of a C-17 Globemaster III at 1,000 feet in the air, moving at at 150 miles per hour.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This 1977 plane crash occurred right on the runway March 27, 1977, at Los Rodeos airport in Tenerife, Pan Am Flight 1736 was sitting on the taxiway waiting to take off. A thick fog obscured the approach of KLM 4805, as it bore directly towards them.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Vegetation on Earth bloom, decay, and bloom again in this visualization of global vegetation cover based on a year's worth of data from the Suomi NPP Earth-orbiting satellite.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Matt Younkin's Beech about 6,000 pounds, the Beech 18 that Matt Younkin twirls around the airshow circuit is one of the heavier civilian airplanes performing today. No wonder he chose for his musical accompaniment the song Pink Elephants on Parade. But in this video excerpt of Younkins routine, its easy to see why the historic Twin Beech established a reputation for elegance. In the 1940s and early 1950s, Beech 18s and their military counterpart C-45s squired corporate executives and generals to boardrooms and bases. The DC-3 of the corporate set, the Twin Beech is today a favorite among aviation history buffs.Younkins father, airshow legend Bobby Younkin, flew performances in a Twin Beech beginning in 1990. (Younkin died in 2005 when he and show partner Jimmy Franklin collided during a Masters of Disaster routine.) With a paint scheme that emphasizes the 18s graceful lines, Matt Younkins current Beech continues the tradition and is in heavy demand; Younkin performed at 23 shows last season with both daytime and nighttime routines. Video: Julie ArtzTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Kansas City Dawn Patrol World War I-era Nieuport 11s, the Kansas City Dawn Patrol was formed in 1988 to show folks at Missouri fly-ins the first airplane flown in combat by an organized U.S. squadron. One of the founders, Dick Starks, says that when F-22 or F-15 pilots accept an invitation to jump in his Nieuport cockpit, Theyre amazed. Three instruments on the panel, a stick, rudder, and throttle. And thats all. (Video: Chris Gerlach and Tim Gerlach)Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rookie this video by veteran space photographer Scott Andrews, astronaut Alan Poindexter recalls the dramatic sights, sounds and feelings of his first space shuttle mission. Before joining NASA, Poindexter (whos the son of former National Security Advisor Admiral John Poindexter) was an F-14 fighter pilot and test pilot for the U.S. Navy. He made his first trip to orbit as pilot on the STS-122 mission to the space station in February 2008. Poindexter also commanded the STS-131 flight in April 2010. Three of the seven astronauts on that missionJim Dutton, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, and Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazakimade their first flight, the last rookies of the space shuttle era. With just three missions remaining after STS-131, NASA plans to fly all-veteran crews from now on. Video: Scott AndrewsTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sully Sullenbergers Miracle on the Hudson Sully Sullenberger reveals what went through his mind when a flock of geese nearly brought down his plane and how he managed a successful crash-landing on the Hudson River.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dragon in Orbit video may not be dramatic, but this is a historic scene. SpaceX's Dragon capsule is the first privately developed space vehicle to be launched into orbit (where these scenes were shot on December 8), then recovered from the ocean. The Dragon will start flying supply missions to the International Space Station next year, and eventually will be outfitted for human passengers. Video: SpaceXTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Aerial America: Hawaii after the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor, the devastation is still visible from the air. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Do warplanes have their own gas stations? the Gulf War, the U.S. military needed to create a refueling station in the desert for their aircraft. Where they decided to place it was very risky. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Record Jump Eustace broke the world altitude record for a parachute jump on October 24, 2014 by leaping from a stratospheric height of more than 135,000 feet. Footage Courtesy Atomic Entertainment and Paragon Space Development CorporationTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Phrog Lands at NASM John BretschneiderTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Very Unusual Machine this interview from filmmaker Mike Marcucci's forthcoming documentary 'LM Builders', former astronaut Fred Haise talks about the Grumman-built Lunar Module, which ended up as his lifeboat on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. Video: Mike MarcucciTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Refueling Over Iraq Ed Darack says that Some of the most exciting moments of my two-week embed with the 2nd Marine Air Wing (FWD) came when the cargo door of a C-130J cranked open miles above Iraqs Anbar Province, as the craft motored through the air at hundreds of miles per hour. Strapped in, I was guided to the very edge by Staff Sergeant Mike Torres, a loadmaster. Out of the gray distance, two dots emergedF/A-18D Hornets, call signs Covey 60 (lead) and Covey 61. The jets roared up to the rear of the 130, deployed their refueling probes and connected. The Hornets were so close I had to switch to wide-angle lenses for my cameras. Photography: Ed DarackTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Flying Laser this silent video of Boeing's Airborne Laser Testbed, the ball turret in the airplane's nose is seen rotating without firing. In a shoot-down scenario, an advanced telescope inside the turret would fire three lasers in rapid succession at a target missile shortly after launch. In February 2010, off the U.S. West coast, the Airborne Laser Testbed destroyed a missile for the first time. Because of its huge cost and other factors, it has been downgraded to a research program. Still, the airborne laser has shown that directed energy weapons are pushing warfare to the speed of light. Video: Missile Defense AgencyTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hubbles Discoveries, the sights this telescope has seen! Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Simulating a Plane Crash in the WindEEE Dome famous pilot Steve Fossett crashed into a mountain, it appeared hed lost control of his plane. One team of scientists set out to test that theory in a cutting-edge wind tunnel facility. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Can Dolphins Teach Us About Aliens? astronomers, dolphin intelligence was interesting because understanding it could help us communicate with another potentially intelligent species: extraterrestrials. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This flying gas station can carry 200,000 pounds of fuel. KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets in the air. Thats because this 136-foot-long aircraft is a flying gas tank capable of performing air refuelingand carrying a whopping 200,000 pounds of fuel. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Space Station Fly-Around sheer size and complexity of the International Space Station comes across in this detailed animation produced by the Virtual Reality lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center for use in astronaut training. Our narrated tour gives a quick once-around of the station, pointing out the main elements, from the sleeping quarters to the cylindrical laboratory modules. For maximum effect, choose the full screen option by clicking on the lower right corner of the screen. Animation: Dynamics Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (D.O.U.G.) Virtual Reality Lab, NASA Johnson Space CenterNarration: Air & Space Magazine Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lindy's Mom OFF TO SOUTH AMERICA; TAKES HIS MOTHER TO CAPITOLSTORY LINE: Charles Lindbergh is about to open a new airmail route to the Southern Hemisphere. His mother, Mrs. Evangeline Lindbergh, accompanies him as far as Washington, DC. SCRIPT: Lindy and his mother. Shes got a great chauffeur. As soon as he brings his new plane here from the coast he gives his mother a ride. You know, Mrs. Lindbergh, Sr. is a teacher of chemistry. Well, here goes mamma into the rumble seat with Lindy helping her. A cop tries to help him with his parachute but Lindy writes his own ticket. Only a few minutes now and hell be off on another wonderful flight. That boy just cant stay on the ground. Sometimes I think hes got tender feet. Heres a couple of good-bye close-ups and before they start Lindy looks over to see that his mother is comfy. His plane is bright red and shes a beauty. She skims along and first thing you know the ground is left behind. Lindys going to blaze a new airmail route from New York to the Canal Zone. And when he blazes em they stay blazed. Good luck, Lindy!Location: Roosevelt Field, NY; Release Date: 04/26/30Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Here Be Dragons NASA/ISS Expedition 30 CrewTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Magnetic Swing Test Lockheed MartinTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Alaskas glaciers take up more space than all of West Virginia are about 30,000 square miles of glaciers in Alaska, many of which have been melting rapidly. The largest, the Bering glacier, deposits 6.5 trillion gallons of water a year into the Gulf of Alaska. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000STS-39 Auroras STS-39 mission in April-May 1991 was the first Pentagon-sponsored shuttle flight to be unclassified, which meant the astronauts were free to talk about some of the experiments they'd done. Among the views they captured with low-light TV imagery were scenes of oil wells burning in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Comet ISON may not look like much in this sequence of images taken by NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft from a distance of half a billion miles in January, but the comet identified as C/2012 S1 (ISON) is shaping up to be the most spectacular comet in a generation. If it doesn't break into pieces first, the comet should be among the brightest objects in the sky during the winter of 2013/2014. Video: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UMdTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lincoln's Air Force 1860, aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe met with President Lincoln to discuss the possibility of using gas-filled balloons for military reconnaissance. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why aircraft patrols were a source of fear for Nazi U-Boats U-boats were able to evade Allied warships, the odds were much lower with air patrols. Aircraft could force a submarine underwater quicklyand if it didnt hide in time, the Nazis lethal weapon would soon become a coffin. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Are In-Flight Oxygen Generators Flammable? inspectors comb through ValuJet Flight 592s cargo list and find an alarming irregularity: 144 empty oxygen canisters. Could they be the key to understanding this tragedy? Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Miscommunication So Extreme it Crashed a Plane the flight recordings from United Airlines Flight 173s cockpit, investigators notice a crew power dynamic that will change commercial flight forever. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The birthplace of the atomic bomb 1942, 1,000 families were pushed out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as part of the Manhattan Projectthe U.S. governments top-secret initiative to engineer an atomic bomb. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mercury Astronauts Meet the Press, 1959 the John Glenn cracked up the audience with his answer. (Watch the entire press conference at NASA's 50 anniversary site). Video: NASATue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Unexpected Flying Machines doesnt look like a plane or sound like a plane, but it flies! Discover what it takes to make a lawnmower fly. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Segway of Airplanes Hiller Flying Platform had the potential to be a space age personal flying machine. But it didnt quite take off. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the Truth About Area 51 May Not Be Out There the thought of Area 51 conjures images of alien corpses and crashed UFOs. One expert, however, believes the truth about the mysterious site is much more mundane.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Building the Udvar-Hazy Center out what it takes to build a museum large enough to house 130 aircraft. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Did this helicopter cause its own lightning strike? looking into a lightning strike that brought down a helicopter reach a startling conclusion: the choppers rotor blades may have actually caused the event. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Vintage Tuskegee Airplane flown only by nostalgic young pilots, one of the old-fashioned, low-tech World War II airplanes used by the first Tuskegee Airmen has been fully restored and dubbed Spirit of Tuskegee. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Air Travel Was a Party, and They Were the Hosts the development of better flight technology, commercial air travel received an unprecedented boom in the 1960s. But to fully sell the glamour of flying, the airlines needed these women on board. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Vesta in 3-D out your red-blue 3-D glasses and take a narrated tour of Vesta, the second largest asteroid in the solar system, as viewed by the Dawn spacecraft in the summer of 2011.Video: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDATue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flying without autopilot a training session, pilot Randy McGehee has to fly a Dornier without the use of autopilot.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Phobos-Grunt Mission RoscosmosTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This veteran's suggestion made filming World War II easier technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around them.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00001996 Brazilian flight crashes seconds after takeoff into TAM Flight 402's takeoff from Congonhas Airport, the pilots are stunned when the plane tilts dangerously to the right. Seconds later, it crashes into a crowded Sao Paulo neighborhood.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The moon landing was the television event of the decade. July 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary, moon-bound Apollo 11.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A doomed aircraft is left to fly until it runs out of fuel 35 was a doomed plane, flying miles off course and with passengers and crew presumed dead. All that could be done now was to wait for the airplane to run out of fuel—but where would it crash?Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000When the Chase Plane is a Car this video clip filmed in 2010 by Emmy-winning news photographer Walter Colby at Beale Air Force Base, a two-place trainer version of a U-2 takes off (watch the "pogo" wing supports drop away at liftoff), makes three low approaches, and lands on the fourth approach. "Mobile," another U-2 pilot in a sports car, follows each, calling out the aircraft's height above the runway to the pilot as he nears touchdown. After the aircraft comes to a stop, the ground crew re-inserts the pogos so the U-2 can taxi to the hangar. Video: <a href="" target="_new">Walter Colby</a>Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Signs of an Active Moon Air and Space Museum scientist Tom Watters explains his recent finding that the moon has been shrinkingand may still be seismically active. The evidence is in cracks photographed at high resolution by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Video: National Air and Space MuseumThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Most Dangerous Place on the Planet standing 10 feet away from 43 planes and a collection of 2,000 pound bombs. Now imagine working there for months at a time. Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Evel Knievels Famous Snake River Canyon Jump. September 8th, 1974, famous daredevil Evel Knievel climbed into a steam-powered rocket and attempted to blast across Idahos Snake River Canyon. Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Testing a Mars Airplane at AeroVironment Inc. flight tested a full-scale model of their Mars glider in April 1999. Video: airspacemag.comThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Sun in 3-D sun stars in a new IMAX film showing at the National Air and Space Museum. Each year, powerful solar eruptionssending billions of tons of matter traveling at a million miles an hourblast off the sun and into the solar system. These eruptions, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), can cause disruptions on Earth by affecting satellite communications and power grids, and can endanger astronauts in space. In order to better understand these solar eruptions, NASA has launched twin spacecraftthe STEREO missionto photograph the sun, in high-definition 3D, and track its activity. In 3D Sun, a new IMAX movie, the leading NASA scientists from the mission unveil these spectacular images, and take viewers behind the scenes to tell the story of the solar mission, and why it is of crucial importance to all of us. 3D Sun is currently playing at the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater at the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Video: Melrae PicturesThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Intelligent Flying Robots Aitken and his colleagues want quadcopters to navigate and collaborate on their own. Video: University of SheffieldThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the fastest animal on Earth attacks its prey Peregrine falcon is not your average avian predator. When hunting, this remarkable bird will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its prey abruptly at speeds of up to 242 mph. Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the crash of Flight 4590 destroyed the Concordes mystique Concorde was a status symbol for the worlds elite travelers. But the horrific 2000 crash of Flight 4590 marked a turning point for this iconic aircraft. Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Inventing the jet engine came with a few disasters invention of the jet engine was the crowning achievement of engineer Frank Whittle. But the path to glory was littered with countless obstacles—including a number of spectacularly failed experiments.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jeb Corliss in Flight learned about it last winter and decided I was going to jump it the second I found out it existed, says Jeb Corliss, speaking of The Crack. Its a code name for a fissure in the Earth somewhere outside Zurich, Switzerland where hes spent much of the summer BASE jumping (Buildings, Antennas, Spans, and Earth) in his custom wing suit. From the top of a peak whose name also remains guarded by the wing suit cognoscenti, he jumped and flew forward for a minute and 20 seconds, dropping only a foot for every three feet forward. Not content to fly above The Crack, he dropped in deep for some Star Wars style groove cruising that should make your head spin. Hang on to the arms of your desk chair. Video: Jeb Corliss. Outside camera work by Jeff Nebelkopf.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The First Lunar Landing July 20, 1969, Apollo 11s lunar module Eagle plunged toward the moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin faced toward the surface, traveling feet first. As a camera in Aldrins window shows, Armstrong executed a maneuver, at the 50-second mark in this video, putting their backs to the surface, followed by a gradual pitch up to vertical for touchdown. Later, Armstrong is seen descending the ladder onto the surface. For the next two hours the men set up experiments, planted an American flag, and cavorted in the one-sixth gravity. They spent another 12 hours in the lander, took video through the windows, and slept fitfully. Less than 24 hours after arrival, they returned to orbit, having claimed the loftiest perch in the pantheon of air and space: First humans to walk on the moon. Video: NASAWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cell Nanosensor film of neuroblast cells moving on the surface of a cantilever. (Video: Kasas et al.)Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Boeing's New Spaceship new spacecraft, the Crew Space Transportation-100, flies a typical mission in this silent animated sequence: Launch in Florida, rendezvous and docking at the International Space Station, and return to Earth with a landing in White Sands, New Mexico using parachutes and airbags. Depending on NASA funding, Boeing hopes to have the CST-100 operational for missions to the ISS or other destinations in low Earth orbit -- in 2015. Video: BoeingWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Secret Is in the Space Suit Neil Armstrongs space gloves began to develop mysterious spots on the cuff, Smithsonian specialists took a closer look, and what they found was surprising. Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Twelve Years Around the Solar System animation shows the Rosetta spacecrafts 12-year journey to reach comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The cosmic billiard ball, as the European Space Agency calls Rosetta, took advantage of four gravity assists, three around Earth and one around Mars, to speed up and adjust its course to match the comets. On the way, Rosetta flew by two asteroids to test many of its 21 instruments. After a long hibernation as it reached out to nearly Jupiters orbit, it will finally reach Churyumov-Gerasimenko this August. Soon after, Rosetta will deploy its lander, Philea, to study the mysterious comet up close, and the trio will travel together around the closest point in its orbit of the sun. (Video: ESA)Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The F-4 Phantom gets put to the test in Vietnam's December 1966, and a U.S. pilot is leading a squadron of six F-4 Phantoms on a dangerous bombing mission over North Vietnam. Every mile of their 100 mile route is dotted with North Vietnam's lethal defenses.Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000F-4 Phantoms & Vietnamese MiG-21s face off in dogfight's April 1972, and F-4 Phantoms are on a hunting mission, high above the skies of Vietnam. But they'll need to be careful: the Russian-made MiG-21s are fast, tricky and very maneuverable.Wed, 29 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000Paratroopers experience first parachute jump from A400M Airbus A400M is capable of carrying up to 116 paratroopers at one time—that's more than any other western-built transport plane. Here, it's carrying Dutch and German paratroopers on a joint exercise.Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000AC-130 gunship navigator recalls Taliban combat mission's November 2001, and Lieutenant Colonel Allison Black is a navigator on an AC-130 gunship flying over Afghanistan. She recounts a typical combat mission during operation Enduring Freedom.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why USO tours were vital for troop morale in the Pacific a long-drawn out conflict in the Pacific, the troops needed a morale boost. And the United Service Organizations provided it in spades, thanks to spectacular shows by Hollywood legends like Bob Hope and Joe E. Brown.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000Here's what it takes to become a certified C2-A pilot anxious student pilot is attempting to land a C2-A Greyhound on a U.S. aircraft carrier. It's part of a qualifications test she must pass ten times in order to be certified as a C2-A pilot.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000U.S. troops in the Pacific treat themselves to a little R&R brief respite from the frontlines of the Pacific War sees American troops trying to inject a little comfort into their lives: from more habitable living quarters to enjoying the enemy's hidden supply of liquor.Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000