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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


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


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