Test pilot Chuck Yeager in the cockpit of the Bell X-1, in which he became the first recorded pilot to break the sound barrier – although others had likely died trying.
Sound barrier-breaking fighter ace Chuck Yeager, who has died aged 97, epitomised a very different era of test pilots.
European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station in October 2003.
On the 50th anniversary of man’s historic moon landing, Pedro Duque remembers how every child wanted to be an astronaut in 1969.
Model of Leonardo da Vinci’s helicopter from the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci - Scientist and Inventor”, Sofia, 2007.
Leonardo’s range of knowledge fascination with flying led directly to the development of modern aircraft, nearly four centuries later.
The final deliveries of the A380 are anticipated for 2021.
The shifting market for air travel has forced Airbus to abandon the production of one of the most impressive aircraft of all time, the super-jumbo A380. Was it folly, bad luck or both?
Edward Teshmaker Busk.
On the trail of the men of Britain’s Royal Aircraft Factory, who gave their lives to help create the world’s first air force.
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Speculating on the cause of any crash is very difficult, but several key explanations are far more likely than any others.
Run silent, run high.
Engine by Christian Lagerek/shutterstock.com
Shouldn’t we make aircraft engines quieter? It turns out they’re the quietest they’ve ever been
From Abu Dhabi, Solar Impulse 2 will travel east to India, China, and across the Pacific.
Solar powered aircraft might carry one pilot in relative discomfort, but don’t expect airliners soon.
There’s a lot of technical re-invention in store for the airliner.
Boeing & NASA
The aircraft industry is expecting a seven-fold increase in air traffic by 2050, and a four-fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions unless fundamental changes are made. But just how “fundamental” will…
Gripens on the up.
Saab is a relatively small aerospace company, employing almost 14,000 personnel with sales of £2.25 billion in 2012: it is a David among Goliaths. And yet, as 2013 drew to a close it was announced that…
It’s important to understand what went wrong with Asiana 214 to avoid further tragedy.
It is still far too early in the investigation into the accident involving Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco airport to draw any conclusions about the events leading up to the accident. However, some…