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91 Years Ago, America’s First Purpose Built Aircraft Carrier Hit the High Seas
91 Years Ago, America’s First Purpose Built Aircraft Carrier Hit the High Seas

25 Feb 2024, 20:44 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / On the anniversary of this historic warship's operational birth, we owe our thanks to the crew who served onboard our deepest thanks.

 
Not Flashy, Not Stylish, This Taylorcraft DCO-65 Is an Affordable Warbird Lookalike
Not Flashy, Not Stylish, This Taylorcraft DCO-65 Is an Affordable Warbird Lookalike

25 Feb 2024, 18:48 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / As a member of Taylorcraft's much beloved Model D line, this airplane is at least blood-related to genuine warbirds from World War II

 
Up Close and Personal With Dream Chaser Tenacity, Sierra Space's Pint-Sized Spaceplane
Up Close and Personal With Dream Chaser Tenacity, Sierra Space's Pint-Sized Spaceplane

6 Feb 2024, 03:08 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Inside the Armstrong Facility, DC-101 Tenacity made its triumphant debut in front of the press and media alike as it sat on a 55-foot (16.6-m) tall test stack.

 
Straight Outa Nanchang: This Chinese CJ-6A Air Force Trainer Has Made Its Way to the West
Straight Outa Nanchang: This Chinese CJ-6A Air Force Trainer Has Made Its Way to the West

23 Jan 2024, 20:17 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Though it might look like a plane straight out of the Pacific theater of World War II, the CJ-6 wasn't introduced to trainer service until 1960.

 
Jeremy Hansen Will Be the First Non-American to Orbit the Moon, Hear His Side of the Story
Jeremy Hansen Will Be the First Non-American to Orbit the Moon, Hear His Side of the Story

16 Jan 2024, 04:54 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Many thanks to Jeremy Hansen and the Canadian Space Agency's public relations team for giving us the time to sit down with Jeremy Hansen, a real Canadian hero.

 
Airbus A350: The Modern Jetliner That Sacrificed Itself To Save Every Soul Aboard
Airbus A350: The Modern Jetliner That Sacrificed Itself To Save Every Soul Aboard

6 Jan 2024, 05:39 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / In many ways, the chain of events that transpired during that fateful accident began with decades of advancements in aeronautical safety.

 
NASA and Roscosmos Put Ukraine Aside, Agree to Cooperate On ISS Until 2025
NASA and Roscosmos Put Ukraine Aside, Agree to Cooperate On ISS Until 2025

28 Dec 2023, 17:55 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / In a report first dropped by Reuters and corroborated by The Moscow Times, a tentative agreement between Roscosmos and NASA will collab on ISS for now.

 
Amalthea: The Most Fascinating Jovian Moon You've Never Heard Of
Amalthea: The Most Fascinating Jovian Moon You've Never Heard Of

27 Dec 2023, 16:56 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / This is Amalthea, and if there were a single non-Galenian Jovian moon one could point to as the most interesting in the entire system, this would be our pick.

 
Canadair CL-13 Sabre: Started by the Yanks, Made an Absolute Beast By Canada
Canadair CL-13 Sabre: Started by the Yanks, Made an Absolute Beast By Canada

24 Dec 2023, 20:36 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / The story of the Canadair Sabre is one written through Canada's ambitions to rely only partially on American imports during the Cold War.

 
Curtiss P-60: How the Iconic P-40 Warhawk’s Last Gasp at Relevance Ended in Failure
Curtiss P-60: How the Iconic P-40 Warhawk’s Last Gasp at Relevance Ended in Failure

20 Dec 2023, 22:20 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / This is the story of the Curtiss P-60, a Warhawk's airframe given a liberal dose of upgrades and modifications to try and extend its service life indefinitely.

 
HL-20 Personnel Launch System: The Canceled NASA Space Plane Reborn as Dream Chaser
HL-20 Personnel Launch System: The Canceled NASA Space Plane Reborn as Dream Chaser

18 Dec 2023, 17:48 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Dream Chaser isn't just the fruit of the ambitions of 21st-century engineers and scientists looking to reinvent the "wheel." Its origins stretch way back.

 
Hydrazine: Explosive, Toxic, Carcinogenic Rocket Fuel That Makes Gas Look Like Tap Water
Hydrazine: Explosive, Toxic, Carcinogenic Rocket Fuel That Makes Gas Look Like Tap Water

16 Dec 2023, 04:40 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / This is hydrazine, and it's the toxic, carcinogenic, potentially explosive chemical concoction powering satellites across the globe and beyond.

 
Ares: NASA's Canceled Super-Heavy Rocket That Didn't Make Practical Sense
Ares: NASA's Canceled Super-Heavy Rocket That Didn't Make Practical Sense

14 Dec 2023, 04:05 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / This is the story of NASA's Ares-class super-heavy lift vehicle. Before SLS, this was the booster rocket slated to bring humanity back beyond low-Earth orbit.

 
Myasishchev M-55: A Retired High-Altitude Soviet Spy Plane That Might Make a Comeback
Myasishchev M-55: A Retired High-Altitude Soviet Spy Plane That Might Make a Comeback

1 Dec 2023, 03:58 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / This is the low-down on the mysterious Myasishchev M-55, the distinctly Soviet answer to a high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft.

 
Legit P-51D Mustangs Are $3 Million Luxury Items, This 70% Scale Replica Is a Real Bargain
Legit P-51D Mustangs Are $3 Million Luxury Items, This 70% Scale Replica Is a Real Bargain

21 Nov 2023, 21:25 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / For the eccentric aviator slightly less wealthy than a multi-multi millionaire, the Stewart S-51D Mustang is your white whale, your holy grail.

 
Convair 990 Coronado: How a Failed Airliner Found a Robot Tank Buddy at NASA
Convair 990 Coronado: How a Failed Airliner Found a Robot Tank Buddy at NASA

17 Nov 2023, 22:41 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / This is the story of the Convair 990 Coronado, a failed commercial passenger jetliner that had a miraculous second renaissance working for NASA.

 
Vulcan Centaur: United Launch Alliance's First All-New Rocket Launches Christmas Eve 2023
Vulcan Centaur: United Launch Alliance's First All-New Rocket Launches Christmas Eve 2023

15 Nov 2023, 20:22 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / This is the Vulcan Centaur, and it's here to prove that SpaceX and Blue Origin aren't the only names in town in heavy-lift American booster rockets

 
Embraer E-Jet: The Brazilian Narrow-Body Airliners That Made Boing and Airbus Sweat
Embraer E-Jet: The Brazilian Narrow-Body Airliners That Made Boing and Airbus Sweat

15 Nov 2023, 14:06 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / The story of the Embraer E-Jet family is one of a perpetual underdog. One of Brazilian national pride that'd go on to define South America's largest economy.

 
This ’44 Beech D-17S Staggerwing Is the Ancestor of All Modern Private Jets, It’s for Sale
This ’44 Beech D-17S Staggerwing Is the Ancestor of All Modern Private Jets, It’s for Sale

13 Nov 2023, 20:35 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / Today, this D17 looks this fantastic thanks to a full engine-out restoration by Rare Aircraft Ltd in Faribault, Minnesota.

 
NASA's Two Most Important Space Telescopes Team Up To Find Record-Breaking Black Hole
NASA's Two Most Important Space Telescopes Team Up To Find Record-Breaking Black Hole

7 Nov 2023, 20:39 UTC · By: Benny Kirk / While Chandra observed the more apparent X-ray blasts emitted in the foreground of the above composite image, JWST used its infrared sensors to fill the blanks.