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August 2015

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Brought to You by Drones

Around the world, quadcopters are turning into mail carriers.

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How to Start a Hurricane

What makes one small eddy fizzle out, and another turn into the planet’s most destructive storm?

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The Last American Aces

Members of an exclusive club tell what it takes to make ace.

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The Next World Speed Record

Has a young Brazilian professor created the fastest raceplane in its class?

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Confessions of a Station Astronaut

Clayton Anderson talks about his new book, The Ordinary Spaceman.

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China Needs Pilots

A boom in Chinese air travel is sending hundreds of novices to flight school in Arizona.

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Space $ouvenirs

Collectors compete for artifacts from the Apollo program.

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The Jumbo Flies an Airshow

The Boeing 747, like you’ve never seen it fly.

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The Birdman of Topeka

By 1912, Albin Longren was building better airplanes than the Wrights and Curtiss.

Departments

Soundings

Resurrecting a D-Day Treasure

The C-47 that led the Normandy invasion gets a reprieve.

Technically Speaking

Dirigible Riddle

Grandiosity has been the ruin of many a dirigible design.

Above & Beyond

Winds of Change

How Patricia Mawuli beat the odds to become an airplane builder and airport manager.

Oldies and Oddities

One Deception, Never Used

Henrico County residents came to call it “The Lost City”