May 2011

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Ready for its closeup: The first demilitarized Global Hawk debuts in 2009 at NASA’s Dryden center in California, where scientists will use it to study hurricanes, pollution, and other atmospheric disturbances.
It lacks the glamour of Canaveral, but for Cal State students, an engine test stand in the desert beats the classroom.
The Lockheed U-2 ushered in a new age of spying and new requirements for photo interpretation.

Project Equine

<b>Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a</b> Its initials stand for Scout Experimental, but the S.E.5a was one of the most effective fighters of World War I. At about 135 mph, it was faster than most airplanes it came up against and was flown by four of the Unite

Biplanes and Us

When they weren’t operating Norden bombsights (center), B-25 nose gunner/bombardiers enjoyed splendid views.
<i>Ciao!</i> Italy’s military precision jet team, Frecce Tricolori (“Tricolor Arrows”), makes its first visit to North America with performances on August 2 and 3 at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 34th Fly-in Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The


A Boeing 767-300 lands on Los Angeles International Airport’s runway 25L.

The Power of 25

After World War II, Yuri’s father Alexei disassembled the family home and moved it to Gzhatsk (now Gagarin), where it is a museum.



Viewport: The Great Collector

In the Museum

In the Museum

Above & Beyond

Above and Beyond

Flights & Fancy

Last Bathroom for 200 Miles

Moments and Milestones

Moments and Milestones: Now, That’s Good Mileage