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 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 half 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

Gregory Hamilton

1916: First Ever Adverts

 
See the adverts that appeared in the first ever issue of the magazine. Where are those companies now?
   

1919: The Future of Civil Flying

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

1931: Putting Air Travel Into Mass Production

 
Amelia Earhart shares her views on running an airline six years before her disappearance.
   

1949: Crisis In Naval Aviation

 
Our 1949 analysis a delves into the budget cuts that put the U.S. Navy into crisis.
   

1949: Twin-Engined Lightplanes

 
1949 article examines the emerging market for twin-engine lightplanes.
   

1969: 747 First Flight

 
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.
   

1981: SR-71 Pilot Report

 
AW&ST's Los Angeles bureau chief (and later managing editor), Robert Ropelewski (right), wrote the first SR-71 pilot report by an aerospace journalist.
   

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.
   

1989: Stealth Fighter Revelation

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

1989: Cockpit Automation

 
Ignore the date and you might think this article on cockpit automation from 1989 was written yesterday.
   

1995: Airbus Chief Sets New Course

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

1998: Mega Mergers

 
Why a proposed defense mega-merger was blocked by the U.S. government in 1998.

2003: End of an Era

 
The planned cessation of all Concorde flights this week really brings the end to an era.
   

2006: Frank Lanza's Last Interview

 
L-3 Communications’ co-founder Frank Lanza was a colorful CEO.
   

2009: Neil Armstrong On The Apollo Program

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

2013: Meet the SR-72

 

Aviation Week breaks news of a hypersonic intelligence aircraft under development by Lockheed Martin almost 20 years after the SR-71 Blackbird's retirement.
   

2013: RQ-180 Revealed

 
Aviation Week reveals the existence of black-world aircraft built by Northrop Grumman and flying at Area 51.

 

 

 

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