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What Went Wrong on Flight MH370?

Two years later, its disappearance is still unsolved. A new book reconstructs the last minutes in the cockpit.

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Little Gems of Aviation History

A collector finds a company’s identity in its service pins.

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Drones in a Busy Sky

Can technology protect airplanes from the new threat?

Enterprise

Starship Enterprise: The Extended Mission

A half-century after its television debut, notable space and entertainment figures explore the impact of Star Trek.

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Say What? The Linguist Elaborates

Linguist Marc Okrand had to invent whole new languages for Star Trek’s non-Earthlings.

Lockheed’s L-1649 Starliners

Splendor in the Sky

The Starliner was stylish, but became obsolete in the jet age. Now it’s being restored.

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Class Act

No buildings, no flight lessons, no problem. Some 60 years later, the first Air Force Academy cadets look back.

Departments

Above & Beyond

Aliens on Line 1

Oldies and Oddities

This Marvelous Marin Man

In the Museum

Conserving the Bat Wing Ship

A team of conservators works to preserve the innovative Horten Ho 229 V3.

Interview

Shot Down in Vietnam

A former U.S. Army pilot’s memoir of combat and captivity.