Sampling wildfire smoke sometimes means sticking a tube out the window of an airplane.
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Thousands of chemical compounds in wildfire smoke are interacting with each other and sunlight as the smoke travels. For people downwind, it can become more toxic over time.
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.
Cimoliopterus pterosaurs, with 5m wing spans.
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Fossils reveal that dinosaurs' flying cousins become twice as efficient at flying over 150 million years.
A crowd greets Sen. John F. Kennedy at Logan Airport in Boston on July 17, 1960, after he became the Democratic nominee for president.
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Though air travel has boosted presidential campaigns for decades, the 2020 pandemic has underlined the importance of aircraft as the quickest and safest way to campaign.
Reverse-engineering birdflight helped researchers create a powerful new kind of drone.
Inspired by the aerobatic manoeuvres of the swift, a new "flapping wing" aircraft can hover, glide and dive much better than quadcopter-style drones.
Dogs dying on flights in hot weather might be the canary in the coal mine on climate change. Pet owners should consider how climate change will change our relationship with our pets.
As the notion of flight shame is taking off around the world, emissions from aviation are making a small but growing contribution to global warming.
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.
Huge progress has been made, but safety issues and environmental concerns mean plans are still up in the air.
The 747 takes off on its maiden voyage.
On Sept. 30, 1968, the first Boeing 747 rolled off the assembly line, ready to hit the skies as the bigger commercial jet at the time. Today, as its days as a civilian carrier come to a close, the first jumbo jet remains an icon of aviation.