100 Years of Aviation Week

Essential Reading - Then & Now

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016.  First published on Aug. 1, 1916 as Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering, the magazine's title has changed over the years to reflect its readership base and the industries it serves. It changed to Aviation, Aviation News, Aviation Week then became Aviation Week Including Space Technology in 1958 before finally changing to its current title, Aviation Week & Space Technology, in 1962. Click here to read about the magazine's origins and the work of its founding publisher, Lester D. Gardner, who became known as one of aviation's elder statesmen.

Today, the Aviation Week group is the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries. Over 1.2 million professionals look to Aviation Week's unparalleled portfolio of publications, online services, events and custom media solutions for their total information and marketing needs.

Here, we highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history, including viewpoints from the industry's most iconic names and stories that have helped change the shape of the industry.


Publisher's Letter

Lester D. Gardner
Gregory Hamilton

Lester D. Gardner published the first issue of Aviation Week’s predecessor magazine at 120 W. 32nd Street, in New York City - less than a block from where I now publish Aviation Week & Space Technology. Our core mission of being essential to the still-growing aviation, aerospace and defense community hasn’t even moved that far! 

I think Mr. Gardner would be proud that the Aviation Week team has continued to excel at providing “accurate, scientific and unbiased” information that serves as a “great stimulus” to the success of the industry. 

Even as our content is now deployed via print, digital and event channels around the world and into space, we commit to the industry that these values of utility and service will continue to be our guiding light.

- Gregory Hamilton, President/Group Publisher, Aviation Week


From The Archives
Sep 1, 2014

Technology Surprise, 1945-Style

The forward-swept-wing, four-jet, fixed-landing-gear Junkers Ju287 looks weird today. Think what it looked like in 1945....More
Aug 29, 2014

Lockheed’s Stunning Spy Satellite Loss – And Comeback

In September 1999, the National Reconnaissance Office dumped its incumbent imagery satellite contractor, Lockheed Martin, in favor of a bolder and less costly proposal led by Boeing....More
Mar 12, 2014

1989: F-117A Stealth Fighter Revelation

A fuzzy, low-quality photo marked a milestone event....More
Feb 19, 2014

1969: 747 First Flight - Will it live to 50?

With Jack Wadell and Brian Wygle at the controls, the Boeing 747 took off for its first flight from Everett on Feb. 9, 1969. Read Aviation Week's analysis....More
Feb 18, 2014

2006: Frank Lanza's Final Interview

L-3 Communications’ co-founder Frank Lanza was a colorful CEO....More
Dec 31, 2013

Unmasking the RQ-180

Aviation Week uncovers a highly classified aircraft – the RQ-180 – that has been developed by Northrop Grumman in secret....More
Dec 19, 2013

Meet the SR-72

Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works revealed exclusively to Aviation Week that it is ready to begin development of the SR-72....More
Dec 7, 2013

1988: Stealth Unveiled

An Aviation Week editor overcame U.S. Air Force efforts to keep the B-2's stealth features secret by literally going over everyone's heads at the bomber's rollout....More
Nov 10, 2013

Mach 3 Cruise Stealth Multirole Jet Unveiled!

About 50 years ago, Aviation Week's editor, Bob Hotz, set up a meeting with senior U.S. Air Force leaders....More
Oct 28, 2013

2003: Concorde, End of an Era

The planned cessation of all Concorde flights really brought the end to an era....More
Sep 1, 2013

1989: Cockpit Automation

Ignore the date and you might think this article on cockpit automation from 1989 was written yesterday....More
Aug 19, 2013

1916: First Ever Adverts - Where Are They Now?

See the adverts that appeared in the first ever issue of the magazine. Where are those companies now?...More
Aug 18, 2013

1998: Mega-Merger Battle Rings A Bell

Why a proposed defense mega-merger was blocked by the U.S. government in 1998....More
Aug 14, 2013

1995: Airbus Chief Sets New Course

An interview with Airbus' then managing director, when the A380 was still a concept aircraft....More
Jul 29, 2013

1949: Twin-Engined Lightplanes

1949 article examines the emerging market for twin-engine lightplanes....More
Jul 19, 2013

Neil Armstrong's Finest Moment

Forty years after landing on the Moon, Neil Armstrong explains why the Apollo program successes were not miraculous....More
Jul 11, 2013

1949: Crisis In Naval Aviation

Our 1949 analysis a delves into the budget cuts that put the U.S. Navy into crisis....More
Jul 2, 2013

1931: Putting Air Travel Into Mass Production

Amelia Earhart shares her views on running an airline six years before her disappearance....More
Jun 28, 2013

1919: The Future of Civil Flying

Orville Wright makes the argument for runways in a 1919 viewpoint....More

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