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January 2016

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The Best-Built Airplane That Ever Was

The worldwide cult of the T-6.

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Almost Like Being There

Telepresence and VR may be the smart way to explore the Martian surface—and the only way to go farther.

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A Fighter Pilot at Pearl Harbor

Emmett “Cyclone” Davis remembers that horrifying day.

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Mystery Star

For well over a century, astronomers have been enchanted by the peculiar, vast, and violent Eta Carinae.

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Fly to Save the Earth

An army of volunteer pilots helps conservationists survey an endangered planet.

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Boeing: A Century of Flight

How a local company became a global giant.

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NASA Turns on the Juice

One propeller? Two? Try a dozen.

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The Lives They Saved

During the Vietnam War, the author reported on a Huey rescue mission. Forty-five years later, he tracked down the crew and the soldiers they saved.

Departments

Technically Speaking

Through a Glass Darkly

Figuring out the specs of Cold War Soviet airplanes was educated guesswork, if you had the right tools.

Soundings

St. Helena Gets an Airport

The isolated island, with just 4,500 residents, is about to enter the aviation age.

Interview

Air & Space Interview

The hobby that launched a career.

Oldies and Oddities

Fireball!

In the Museum

The Space Timekeepers

Aviation Mystery

A new book reports on some of aviation’s most perplexing unsolved mysteries.