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
Nov 14, 2014
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China’s C-130 – And A Look Back At The Lockheed Original

Aviation Week published an in-depth look at the original C-130 Hercules nearly 58 years ago....More
Nov 3, 2014
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MD-11 Memories 1

KLM will operate three final farewell passenger flights of the MD-11 on Nov 11, an event that marks the end of the Dutch carrier’s 80-year association with Douglas Aircraft and its successor, McDonnell Douglas....More
Oct 28, 2014
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Remembering Pan Am, Worrying About Air France 2

It took two decades for Pan Am to slowly decline and fail. It is a lesson worth remembering....More
Oct 24, 2014
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Milestone for the MRJ

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ rollout of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet on Oct. 18 may have occurred later than planned, but it marked a major milestone in Japan’s efforts to get back into the commercial airliner business....More
Oct 14, 2014
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False Starts For Aviation’s ‘Atomic Age’ 8

Aviation Week has been reporting on and, in one case unwittingly, furthering the cause of nuclear-powered aircraft for more than 60 years. Spurred on by the promise of the ‘Atomic Age’ and the potential strategic benefits of limitless range and endurance, the U.S. Air Force launched the Nuclear Energy for the Propulsion of Aircraft project in 1946....More
Oct 3, 2014
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Foxy Woxy Wows Paris 2

Its design dating back to the 1970s, the MiG-31 still held surprises in 1991, and just made its operational comeback appearance off Alaska....More
Oct 2, 2014
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Remembering the X-Prize

Ten years ago the world’s first privately built spaceship was flown to sub-orbit high over California, clinching the $10 million Ansari X-Prize and marking the start of the new frontier of affordable space access....More
Sep 29, 2014
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YF-22 Lifts Off 13

The prototype of the F-22 Raptor flew 24 years ago today....More
Sep 24, 2014
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A320 First Flight Remembered 17

Today’s flight of the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-powered Airbus A320neo is the most significant milestone in the history of the single-aisle twin since the original CFM56-5 powered prototype flew for the first time in February 1987....More
Sep 19, 2014
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Higher and Faster in the X-15 3

Fifty five years ago this week test pilot Scott Crossfield flew the North American Aviation X-15 rocket plane on its first powered flight....More
Sep 8, 2014
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Boeing’s Baby Jetliner – Five Decades of Growth 5

The high density MAX 8 version is a far cry from the stubby little 82-seat design originally envisioned by Boeing in the mid-1960s for its 737 launch customer Lufthansa....More
Sep 8, 2014
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1970: Boeing Cutbacks Batter Seattle

The economic downturn that battered Boeing's Seattle hometown in 1970 was the subject special report in Aviation Week & Space Technology....More
Sep 5, 2014
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1971: DC-10 Pilot Report 1

Almost exactly 43 years ago this week, Aviation Week subscribers were settling down to enjoy a pilot’s report on the brand new McDonnell Douglas DC-10....More
Sep 4, 2014
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1981: SR-71 Pilot Report

AW&ST's Los Angeles bureau chief (and later managing editor), Robert Ropelewski, wrote the first SR-71 pilot report by an aerospace journalist....More
Sep 3, 2014
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Virgin Atlantic's Cruise Ship In The Sky 2

Virgin Atlantic had big plans for its Airbus A380s back in late 2000....More
Sep 1, 2014
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Technology Surprise, 1945-Style 1

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
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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
May 15, 2014
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1918: Boeing Aircraft For Sale

Boeing's sales occurred on a much smaller basis in its early days....More
Apr 9, 2014
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Boeing 777 -- 20 years on -- a roll out to remember

April 9 marks the 20th anniversary of the roll out of the first 777....More
Mar 12, 2014
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1989: F-117A Stealth Fighter Revelation

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

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