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Aviation History

Woman Pilots of WWII: Soaring Above the Glass Ceiling

Vicki Cobb | Posted 03.16.2014 | Books
Vicki Cobb

Long before women talked about cracking the glass ceiling, they took to the skies. In 1942, most of our combat pilots were in the war zones creating a shortage of qualified pilots back here at home. Who was left that could do this work?

Movie Review: The Wind Rises

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having announced his retirement, Hayao Miyazaki's made one final feature: The Wind Rises. It's an animated film for adults, but I can't imagine adults -- let alone kids -- sitting still for it.

A Desperate Plea to Save the Iconic Pan Am Worldport

Helen Davey | Posted 09.11.2013 | New York
Helen Davey

I'll never forget the first time I walked through that awe-inspiring terminal in my brand-new Pan Am uniform in 1965. It was my training flight to Paris, and I was on my way to see the world -- the "Pan Am World."

David Freeman

Were We Wrong About The Wright Brothers?

HuffingtonPost.com | David Freeman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Science

Did history get the Wright brothers all wrong? As every American schoolchild is taught, Wilbur and Orville Wright made the world's first airplane f...

Underwater Aircraft Carriers?

John Geoghegan | Posted 05.15.2013 | Technology
John Geoghegan

There wouldn't seem to be many good reasons for designing a submarine to launch airplanes, but during the past one hundred years at least six countries have experimented with the concept some with surprising success.

The Airlines We Once Flew

Bob Schulman | Posted 09.10.2012 | Travel
Bob Schulman

In the old days of air travel, if you wanted to fly from regional cities like Utica, Plattsburgh, Watertown, Burlington and Jamestown, you didn't have a choice of carriers. Mohawk was it! Passengers from other small towns elsewhere in the country may recall similar one-airline service at the time.

Collapse of a World

Helen Davey | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business
Helen Davey

I'm struck by the similarity of the feelings of instability in the world now with how we Pan Am employees felt as our company began to fail.

Happy Aerospace Holidays: Wright Brothers Day

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 02.05.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

If even one person who reads this comes away aware of the historical significance of December 17th, then I will consider myself successful in writing this.

Pan Am: A Dream Takes Flight (Part III)

Helen Davey | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Helen Davey

Hordes of Lindbergh's worshipful fans refused to clear the runway so that the airplane could land. Lindbergh, unsure of how much gas he had left, was climbing to leave the airport area when suddenly both engines went dead.

Air France Flight 447 Mystery and Aviation History

Christine Negroni | Posted 06.06.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Despite the fact that no one yet knows what happened to Flight 447, the French government recently filed manslaughter charges against Airbus and Air France.

Wright's 1909 Statue of Liberty flights celebrated

NewYorkology | NewYorkology | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Officials from the Wright Family Foundation and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum were in New York on Wednesday to mark an upcomi...