Gallery: Mysterious Back Issues Published Apr 24, 2012 7:42 PM Uncategorized SHARE December 1982 The Future Then: The Monerai, an ultralight glider kit designed to keep costs down for model-airplane enthusiasts The Future Now: A hybrid plane that emits 60 percent less carbon dioxidea€”and keeps costs down for airline passengers December 1926 The Future Then: Leonard W. Bonney, who learned to fly with Orville Wright, makes a plaster-cast airplane with wings controlled by a hydraulic lever. The Future Now: Festo, a German technology company, makes a robot inspired by the herring gull. Called the SmartBird, it flaps and flies like the real thing. September 1928 The Future Then: Dick Byrd explains why he will fly across the Arctic: aThere lies . . . a vast unknown region . . . that the eyes of man have never looked upon.a The Future Now: The U.S. Air Force announced that its X-37B space plane has orbited the Earth for a yeara€”but just what the plane is doing up there, the military will not say. July 1958 The Future Then: The Rascal, aone of a large and fast-growing family of guided air missilesa The Future Now: Required Navigation Performance, the next generation of GPS that allows aircraft to safely approach nearly any runway MORE TO READ RELATED What actually happens to the clothes you donate depends on where you live It depends on where you live, but many thrift stores and other donation programs can divert even the most tattered items from the landfill. READ NOW RELATED Frozen Siberian microbes just woke up from a 24,000-year nap—and immediately got busy The microscopic organisms wasted no time cloning themselves. RELATED Enjoy clinical-grade facial at home with this anti-aging tool bundle, 13 percent off Dr. Pen works just like a magic wand.