Wings Around The World


As one of the defining technologies of the 20th century, the airliner has played a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of the world. Our special report, published in the Oct 26, 2015 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology, traces the astonishing rise of the airliner from its earliest beginnings when fragile biplanes plied the first commercial routes over the English Channel to the long haul behemoths which today transport millions of passengers around the world every year.  

We also look forward to what innovative designs we might expect to see in the skies from the next generation and beyond.

Photos: Boeing 747-100 Assembly Line In 1969

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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