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July 2014

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Life Aboard an Aircraft Carrier

“Inconceivably noisy,” says the author, but a blast.

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Infrared Dawn

The James Webb Space Telescope will see out to the universe’s edge.

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A Slow Boat to Kourou

The James Webb Space Telescope will take the slow boat to Kourou

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Fighter Pilot’s Survival Guide

Today’s manual of fighter tactics was written 100 years ago, in World War I.

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Restoration: Northrop X-4

Maligned and abandoned, the prototype Northrop X-4 Bantam gets a restoration after 65 years.

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747: The World’s Airliner

The first jumbo jet has transported the equivalent of 80 percent of the human race.

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Russia’s Rocket Town

A stroll through the Baikonur Cosmodrome’s neighborhood.

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The Spaceport in Siberia

Russia is building a rocket launch complex six time zones from Moscow. Will its aerospace industry follow?

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Build Your Own Drone

Made from scratch, a Kestrel takes flight.

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Night Fighter

Why Douglas Skyknight crews weren’t afraid of the dark.

Departments

Technically Speaking

Searching for Secrets at Area 51

Above & Beyond

The Nickel Beer Mission

Digging out a crashed F-104 in a Spanish village in 1964, I made some unexpected friends.

Oldies and Oddities

Row, Row, Row Your Airship

In the Museum

Jumping into History