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See The World From 100,000 Feet

Companies on both sides of the Atlantic are building capsules to carry you into the stratosphere.

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Winning the Stratobowl in 1935

A geologic formation became the perfect launchpad for flights into the stratosphere.

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War Within a War

In 1950, Harry Truman had to decide whether to use B-29s to drop atomic bombs.

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Delicious Airline Food. Really.

The Pan Am Experience aims to recreate a bygone era when airline food was good.

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The Universe is Ringing

Astronomers built some of the most precise instruments on Earth to hear them.

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An Aircraft Carrier’s Cable Guys

It takes muscle to stop and stow a 25-ton fighter.

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The Recline of Civilization

The science of designing an airline passenger seat.

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Take Off in 50 Feet

In Valdez, Alaska, the prize goes to the airplane that takes off and lands in the shortest distance.

Departments

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Can UAVs Save the Elephants?

Sentinels in the sky are hunting the poachers.

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What Created the Universe’s Cold Spot?

A super(void) explanation

Interview

A&S Interview: David McCullough

The Pulitzer Prize winner tells the human story behind the invention of the airplane.

Technically Speaking

Trains, Planes, & Cats

Navy carriers are only now breaking away from using 19th century tech to put jets in the air.

In the Museum

The Spirit of St. Louis Lands Again

Charles Lindbergh’s iconic aircraft undergoes restoration.