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September 2013

September 2013

Cover, Contents & Departments

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



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




Features



Taxi to the Space Station

Should the chief builder of the International Space Station be the company that offers taxi service there? Boeing thinks so.

By Craig Mellow



Who Flew First?

A Smithsonian curator evaluates recent challenges to the Wright brothers’ place in history.

By Tom Crouch



Spysats for Everyone

Swarms of small, orbiting cameras are coming. To watch.

By Tony Reichhardt



Thunderjet

It had the body of a fighter and a bomber’s soul.

By William E. Burrows



The Stealth Bomber Elite

Fewer than 100 pilots climb the ladder to the B-2 cockpit.

By James R. Chiles



Applied Stealth

The most classified technology in a stealthy airplane is its skin.

By Roger A. Mola



Meet the Grunts

Behind the scenes, they make airshow stars shine.

By Debbie Gary



Spaces of the Space Age

Bold missions called for bold architecture.

By Stuart W. Leslie