The U.S. Navy kicked off flight trials of the unmanned Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton high-altitude maritime surveillance aircraft on Wednesday (read about it here). Watch the video of the first flight from Palmdale, Calif.
Since little detail was available of the Russian design and built Tupolev 104, a profile was compiled for Aviation Week, based entirely on observations from photographs, experts such as engineers knowledgeable in typical Russian aircraft design and of its landing at London Airport....More
Over the past few decades, Aviation Week pilots have strapped into the left seat of almost every Western-built commercial jet transport. Aviation Week's digital archives went live earlier this month, allowing us to delve into in-depth pilot reports of some of the first jet and most recent airliners to be built. Take a look at our top picks.