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June/July 2018

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Around 17,000 attended the festivities at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

RAF 100

Happy birthday to the chaps who gave us the scramble, the “few,” and the world’s first independent air force.

Royal Air Force station

Cairo to Baghdad

The Royal Air Force pioneered a route over 540 miles of empty desert—to deliver the mail.

The Fairchild Republic A-10

Combat Is the Mother of Invention

Seven airplanes that got better in the field.

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Eugene Parker’s Journey to the Sun

He coined the term “solar wind.” Now a spacecraft will brave its source.

Kansai International Airport’s artificial islands

The Airport Is Sinking

An engineering miracle is still no match for Mother Nature.

Former missileer Tory Bruno

The Other Rocket Man

ULA’s boss doesn’t want SpaceX to have all the fun.

Departments

Interview

Shaesta Waiz

Above & Beyond

The Ambush

Oldies and Oddities

Inside a Soviet ICBM Silo

A&S NEXT

We Control the Space Station

Lauren Cooper, International Space Station Operations Engineer, Johnson Space Center, NASA.

A&S NEXT

After the Game, Roll Out a Planet

A heavy-duty vinyl map the size of a basketball court.

Milestone

Super Stuff

More than 99 percent air and able to withstand forces thousands of times its weight.

Interview

Yanks to the Rescue

As American airmen helped win World War II, they also influenced British culture.