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July 2014

July 2014

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Viewport, Letters, What’s Up, Soundings, Above & Beyond, Above & Beyond, In the Museum



Sightings, Reviews & Previews, Credits, Forecast, One More Thing




Features



Infrared Dawn

The next space telescope will see to The Edge.

By Chris Klimek



Fighter Pilot’s Survival Guide

Today’s manual of fighter tactics was written 100 years ago, in World War I.

By John Sotham



Life Aboard an Aircraft Carrier

“Inconceivably noisy,” says the author, but a blast.

By Geoff Dyer



Restoration: Northrop X-4

All X-planes ask a question. Sometimes the answer is no.

By Stephan Wilkinson



747: The World’s Airliner

The first jumbo jet has transported the equivalent of 80 percent of the human race.

By Christine Negroni



Russia’s Rocket Town

A stroll through the Baikonur Cosmodrome’s neighborhood.

By James Hill



The Spaceport in Siberia

Russia is building a rocket launch complex six time zones from Moscow. Will its aerospace industry follow?

By Anatoly Zak



Build Your Own Drone

Made from scratch, a Kestrel takes flight.

By Ed Darack



Geared Turbofan Engines

Less fuel, longer range, easy maintenance-yay!

By Roger A. Mola



Night Fighter

Why Douglas Skyknight crews weren’t afraid of the dark.

By Robert Bernier