Aviation Week’s new archives capture news, information and advertisements dating back to the infancy of human flight. Here is a collection of aviation milestones documented by Aviation Week throughout the years.
In the February 19, 1923 issue of Aviation Week, Roy G. Miller and F. E. Seiler, Jr. wrote an in-depth article on the design of metal airplanes. The publication expands on the advantages of metal over wooden aircraft and discusses metal construction and future developments of the industry. Read full article here.
In August, 1941, Aviation Week’s C. Fayette Taylor discusses how 100 years of engine progress rapidly took place in the last 25 years. The article delves into the evolution of engine parts and points out technological milestones that propelled the engine into what it was in the 1940s. Read full article here.
On December 22, 1947, Aviation Week scooped on of the biggest aerospace news stories of the 20th century – the sound barrier had been broken. U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager achieved a Mach 1.06 on his record flight in Bell X-1 No. 1 46-062. The news, which was leaked to the magazine’s Engineering Editor Robert McLarren, instantly made headlines around the world. Read full analysis of article here.
In August 1952, Aviation Week provided the first details on the new Boeing B-52 bomber after agreeing not to publish any data not cleared in advance by the U. S. Defense Department. Receiving an Air Force clearance, writer Alexander McSurely traveled to Seattle for an up-close inspection of the exterior of two B-52s. Read full analysis of article here.
In June 1953, Aviation Week was the first publication to detail Boeing’s efforts to develop the company’s first passenger jet, the 707 or “Project X.” Though the details were not authorized for release by Boeing, Aviation Week assured readers of their accuracy by reliable sources. A highlighted detail of the soon-to-come aircraft included in the article was that the 707 was expected to achieve a cruise speed of 580 mph – faster than the 500 mph for the de Havilland Comet 2 and Comet 2. Read full analysis of article here.
In 1963, Aviation Week’s editor Bob Hotz unveiled the Mach 3 Cruise Stealth Multirole Jet after a meeting with senior U.S. Air Force leaders. No damage was done to national security as the Soviet Union already knew about the project and the USAF did not think the aircraft could be kept a secret once in service. Read full analysis on article here.
Eight out of the nine weeks in the summer of 1969, the Apollo 11 moon landing was featured in on the cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology. The only exception to this was the July 21 issue which covered a line of Lockheed C-5A military cargo transports. Aviation Week extensively covered the mission in its publication. View all eight Aviation Week covers here.
In 1970, Aviation Week wrote about UAVs in the Vietnam War and how unmanned aircraft played an increasingly prominent role in U.S. strategic and tactical military planning. Aviation Week reported extensively on what was then called remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) in the war, with the most common types produced by Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical, based on the Firebee target drone. Read full analysis here.
In 1981, Aviation Week’s Los Angeles bureau chief Robert Ropelewski became the first journalist to fly in the SR-71. He wrote an in-depth pilot report in the May 18, 1981 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology. Read full pilot report here.
In 1988, Aviation Week’s West Coast technical editor Mike Dornheim took to the skies in a Cessna 172 and flew over the media event to get an exclusive cover photo of the B-2 Stealth. Prior to this event, the only photos of the Northop B-2 bomber were a single artist’s concept of the B-2 and during the event the only other media was confined to the bleachers which only allowed one angle of the aircraft. Read the full first-hand story of the event here.
In August 2001, the world still did not know what happened to the wreckage of a Lockheed Martin F-117A stealth fighter that had been shot down over Serbia in March 1999. At the MAKS air show in Moscow, Aviation Week editors Dave Fulghum and Robert Wall were able to secure an interview with a Russian general and were told in detail about the F-117 remains. Read full analysis here.
In 2013, Aviation Week published an exclusive on the development of a hypersonic successor of the SR-71 Blackbird spyplane, the SR-72. In the detailed report, Senior Editor Guy Norris discusses the technical design and includes a concept artist rendering of the aircraft. Read full analysis of the article here.
In December 2013, Senior Pentagon Editor Amy Butler and Senior International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman revealed never publically know details of the RQ-180. The article included a construct concept image of the RQ-180 by Ronnie Olsthoorn based on discussed attributes. Read full analysis of article here.
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