Aviation Week writers have scored dozens of significant scoops over the last century. Here are some of the most memorable reports.

Aviation Week Exclusively Details Boeing's Project X - The 707 (1953)

  • Aug 26, 2016

    When Aviation Week Was Accused of Treason -- The Back Story Revealed 8

    A 1957 revelation that the U.S. was tracking Soviet missile launches from a secret radar in Turkey has its roots in sleuthing of students from Kettering Grammar School in the UK....More
  • Aug 23, 2016

    When Aviation Week Was Accused Of Treason 23

    Aviation Week editors routinely get blowback when they write about sensitive topics, and the best example of that may be an October 1957 story that revealed the U.S. had been tracking Russian missile launches from advanced long-range radar units in Turkey....More
  • Aug 4, 2016

    Aviation Week Exclusively Details Boeing's Project X - The 707 (1953) 8

    In June 1953, Aviation Week was the first publication to detail Boeing's effort to develop the company’s first passenger jet, the 707 or “Project X.”...More
  • May 4, 2016

    A 100-Person Space Station (1969) 1

    Five months before Apollo 11 astronauts set foot on the Moon, NASA was already pursuing some grandiose plans for the post-Apollo era....More
  • Apr 22, 2016

    A Soviet Space Shuttle (1978)

    Three years before the U.S. flew its first space shuttle mission, Aviation Week revealed that the Soviet Union was developing its own reusable spaceplane....More
  • Apr 13, 2016

    How Aviation Week Reported The Columbia Tragedy (2003)

    There was plenty of media coverage of the Feb. 1, 2003, loss of space shuttle Columbia, which broke apart over Texas as it reentered the atmosphere, killing its crew of seven. But Aviation Week set itself apart with its in-depth, team analysis of the accident....More
  • Apr 1, 2016

    Revealing China’s Satellite Killer (2007)

    Aviation Week’s revelation that China had tested an anti-satellite weapon, destroying one of its own aging weather satellites orbiting 537 mi. above Earth, created quite a sensation in 2007....More
  • Feb 23, 2016

    XS-1 Supersonic Scoop (1947) 9

    Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Publisher's Letter

Lester D. Gardner published the first issue of Aviation Week’s predecessor magazine at 120 W. 32nd Street, in New York City - close to 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



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