Air & Space Magazine covers the magic of flight and the mystery of space. It’s published by The Smithsonian Institution, whose National Air and Space Museum is the single most popular museum in the world, so we can take you behind the scenes to explore the history, culture, and technology of flight in a way that no one else can. From Burt Rutan’s futuristic designs (37 planes and one spaceship) and what’s next for Mars to why the U-2 spy plane still flies, come and meet the people and celebrate the stories with us. This is a magazine for all who are curious about the great aerospace achievements of the past century and flight’s exciting future. It was created to delight readers with a wealth of detail about their favorite hobby. In more than 25 years of publishing, the magazine has built a reputation for excellence in part by reflecting the grand scope of the Museum, encompassing every era of aviation and space exploration. Your order includes an Air and Space Associate membership in the Smithsonian Institution. Member benefits include Air & Space Magazine, shopping discounts with Smithsonian, and more.
One World on Earth Day • From the Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
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This Island Earth
The New Rolls-Royce Pearl Runs on Biofuel • With carbon emissions produced by aircraft expected to triple by 2050, the aviation industry is trying to go green.
HIDDEN TREASURE ON PHOBOS?
The B- 21s Are Coming • THE AIR FORCE SPILLS SOME SECRETS ABOUT ITS NEW BOMBER
Joe’s Piece of the Moon
Sarah Rhoads • The vice president of Amazon Global Air guides her company’s cargo operations during a pandemic.
My Final Flight • AS A BOY, I’D DREAMED OF FLYING. AS A MAN, I WAS FORCED TO FIND A NEW DREAM.
MUSEUM EVENTS • Events hosted by the National Air and Space Museum April/May 2021
HOW TO LAND on AN ALIEN WORLD • LIKE EXPLORERS OF OLD, PLANETARY PROBES GO WHERE THERE MAY BE DRAGONS.
THE WRIGHT BROTHERS & THE INVENTION OF THE AERIAL AGE
The Call of a New World • THE INVENTION OF THE AIRPLANE SHOOK THE GLOBE, AND IT NEVER LOOKED THE SAME AGAIN.
WORLD WAR II in COLOR • THOUSANDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS IN GOVERNMENT ARCHIVES BRING THE WAR TO LIFE.
Dream BIG • NEED TO MOVE SOMETHING ENORMOUS? HIRE THE WORLD’S HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION.
FLIGHT IN A BOX • HOW DID MICROSOFT MAKE ITS LATEST FLIGHT SIM SEEM SO REAL?
TO PICTURE A PLANET • WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF A DISTANT EARTH-LIKE WORLD?
THE BUZZ AROUND AIRPORTS • BEEHIVES CREATE GREEN SPACES WHERE YOU’D LEAST EXPECT THEM.
RETURN OF THE BREMEN • AFTER A LIFETIME IN EXILE, HUGO JUNKERS’ RECORD SETTER CROSSED THE OCEAN ONE LAST TIME.
Team Thunderbirds • THE PILOTS ARE JUST ONE PART OF THE WORLD-FAMOUS SQUADRON
World’s Best Job • A fighter pilot reflects on flying military jets—the way it used to be.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home • A FRESH LOOK AT CLASSIC AVIATION AND SPACE FILMS
Curtiss 1A Gulfhawk • AVIATION HERO AL WILLIAMS MADE HISTORY—AND THE CASE FOR MILITARY AIRPOWER—WITH HIS CELEBRATED PERFORMANCES BETWEEN THE GREAT WARS.