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From the archives: A grand tribute and eulogy for Zeppelins
In the May 1962 issue of Popular Science, we explored this luxurious trend of aviation and its possible end with the Hindenburg disaster.
A new Air Force weapon just successfully reached Mach 5
The hypersonic weapon detached from a B-52 bomber. Three previous tests had failed.
NASA’s 747 space observatory is reaching the end of its flight plan
The story behind a unique flying observatory—and why it's being retired.
Qantas’ new planes will have ‘wellbeing zones’ for 19-hour flights
The airline has ordered a dozen A350s for future routes that could connect North America or Europe directly to Australia. Just think of all the movies you could watch.
A new drone delivery system will bring ice cream and pet meds to Texans
The system launches in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but will services like these ever be more than a novelty?
FedEx will start testing a 1,900-pound drone for hauling packages
Take a look at the Chaparral, a hybrid-electric and uncrewed aircraft that FedEx will explore using for the "middle mile" next year.
Sikorsky’s fancy new helicopter completed its longest flight yet
The Defiant is a candidate to be the next Black Hawk. It recently traveled away from its testing site in Florida to Tennessee.
Airbus just flew its biggest plane yet using sustainable aviation fuel
Derived in part from old cooking oil, the special fuel powered one of the A380's four engines.
What an airplane’s black boxes can tell us
With one of the black boxes from the China Eastern Airlines crash reportedly found, here's exactly what the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder do on airliners.
What investigators will likely look for after the 737 plane crash in China
The aviation disaster in a 737-800 has claimed a reported 132 lives. In crashes like these, investigators will follow a "holistic" approach, one expert says.