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


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.


747: The World’s Airliner

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


Russia’s Rocket Town

A stroll through the Baikonur Cosmodrome’s neighborhood.


The Spaceport in Siberia

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


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.


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