Opening Announcements, Cover, Contents
Departments:Viewport, Letters, Now on Airspacemag.com, Soundings
Departments:Air & Space Interview, In the Museum, Above & Beyond, Flights & Fancy
The Other Gulf War
Sub hunters, spyplanes, crop dusters, troop haulers: All flew in to save the Gulf of Mexico from the BP oil spill.
By Mark Huber
Turning a jumbo jet into an airborne observatory proved to be a delicate operation.
By Trudy E. Bell
The New Afghanistan Air Force
As the war intensifies, on-the-job training for Afghan pilots is frequently on-the-fly.
By Stewart Nusbaumer
Portraits of the astronauts who for the last three decades took the shuttle to work.
By Tony Reichhardt
Too Hot to Handle
Man cannot zoom by blended wing alone; he must have an engine that, well, works.
By Stephan Wilkinson
The Great Escape
In World War II Yugoslavia C-47’s were readied to pluck downed aircrews from behind enemy lines. But where would they land?
By Phil Scott
How Things Work: Whole-Airplane Parachute
A good thing to have around when engine quits.
By Michael Klesius
From Kites to the Space Shuttle
A new photo-filled book is a diary of life at the National Air and Space Museum.
Departments:Sightings, Then & Now, Reviews & Previews
Departments:Online Book Club, Credits/Forecast, Moments & Milestones