To Air Is Human


Taking Flight

If forced to travel on an airplane, try and get in the cabin with the Captain
so you can keep an eye on him and nudge him if he falls asleep or point out any mountains looming up ahead.

- Mike Harding, The Armchair Anarchist's Almanac

You define a good flight by the negatives: you didn't get hijacked, you didn't crash,
you didn't throw up, you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food.  So you're grateful.

- Paul Theroux

There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane.
Either you have diarrhea, or you're anxious to meet people who do.

- Henry Kissinger



The Age of Flight

Pie in the Sky:

Extraordinary Service
Flying Laboratory
Food for the Flight

Protection 1
Protection 2
Passing of an Era

Douglas Aircraft
Disguising California
Donald Douglas Jr Obituary  



HF Colibri 1 SL
Leduc 0.10
Westland P12

Possible UFOs:

Northrop Grumman
B-2A Spirit
VZ-9V Avrocar

Detachable Car

Beds and Birds:

Rolls-Royce Flying Bedstead
V-22 Osprey

Salmon and Hammerheads:

Scaled Composites
Predator 480

Imperfect Ideas:

Bell Aerosystems
Jet Belt
Hiller VZ-1 Donut


Perfect Ideas:

Marc Newson's Jet
Paul Moller's Skycar

The Death of Stealth?:

F-117A Nighthawks


Carrier Helicopter Lift

Floating on Air:


Hot Air Balloons
Hang Gliding


Pampered Passage:

Planes Becoming Low Class? / Replies
Massage Me


The Rain in Planes
Boneyard in the The Arizona Desert

Practically Legends:

DC-3 in New Zealand
Pan Am's Jumbo
Airport Abbreviations


Poor Profits / Computer Woes
Bankruptcy / Fare Wars


Out of Control
Fragility / Retirements Loom
Air Navigation
Warning: Air Turbulence


The Rich & Famous
Air Gender
Pilot Age/Older Pilots

This Pilot's Problem:

Dry Ice at 33,000 Feet

That Pilot's Problem:

Out of Gas at 41,000 Feet

Down to Earth:

Crash Data
Fast Crash
Dead Pilot Cleared



Air Show
Airbus Challenges Boeing
Airport Changes

Picking a Paradigm:

High Capacity
Pomp: Airbus Comes of Age
Luxury from Airbus

Plans Can Change:

Boeing Copies Airbus
Goodbye to the Concorde
Desperately Seeking Lightness


The Future
Prove It Improves
Predict-the-Future Contest


Blimp Flies
Your Remains in Orbit?

Space Travel


Solar Sail
Solar Sell

I would like to express my gratitude to United Airlines, whose May issue of their inflight magazine, Hemispheres, provided me with a lot of information on the history of commercial airlines - at least in the US.  I also hope many people reading this buy a copy of Michael Taylor's excellent book The World's Strangest Aircraft: A Collection of Weird and Wonderful Flying Machines.  The book has more stuff than I included here and is well worth a read.  Why not check it out?

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