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Viewport, Letters, What’s Up, Soundings, Above & Beyond, Flights & Fancy, In the Museum
Sightings, Reviews & Previews, Credits, Forecast, One More Thing
The Lynx’s Leap
Can a suborbital spaceship help XCOR reach orbit?
By Michael Belfiore
The First Test Pilots
At old McCook Field, the art of flying became a science.
By Stephen Joiner
When It Hit the Fan in Space
Engineers get creative when the error message comes from 50 million miles away.
By Zoe Krasney
The Making of a Joint Strike Fighter Pilot
Welcome to the fifth generation.
By Art Tomassetti
Restoration: Vought V-173
Why there will never be another Flying Pancake.
By Tim Wright
Still Life with Airplane
When art meets aviation.
By The Editors
Buy Your Plane at Penney’s
For a few magical years, it looked like every family would own an airplane.
By Paul Glenshaw
The Hunt for Houdini’s Airplane
Amateur detectives have found clues to the fate of the magician’s biplane.
By Rebecca Maksel
In 1956, the Soviets held first place — briefly.
By Craig Mellow