September 2017

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Taking on the world’s longest paramotor

‘I Told Them It Was a Terrible Idea.’

Paramotor competitors cross 1,000 miles of mountains and desert, in search of freedom, adventure, and a trophy.

The F-35 helmet

Super Helmet

F-35 pilots get X-ray vision and other magic powers.

Mars on Earth

Fake Mars

Can we learn anything by pretending?

Connor Shields

I Love My Job, and Here’s How I Got It

Connor Shields, First Officer, Southern Air

Saturn V rocket
An Erickson Air-Crane
After his celebrated trans-Pacific flight, Charles Kingsford Smith flies the famed Southern Cross over Sydney Harbor.

The Real Risk Takers

In 1930s aviation, airline passengers took the same risks as record-setting adventurers.

Dava Newman

In Pursuit of the Perfect Spacesuit

Choosing the right outfit is crucial when its job is to save your life.

U.S. Marine Corps

Robots to the Rescue

Your next 911 call may fetch a drone.

Pilot Clyde Romero

Snakes and Loaches

Cobras and Loaches, two vastly different aircraft, relied on each other to fight the enemy.



Don Campbell

Don Campbell was the go-to guy for fixing SR-71s.

Oldies and Oddities

The Great Soviet Crescent


The Luftwaffe’s Long Arm

German U-boats terrorized Allied ships during World War II, with the help of aerial scouts.