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Cover-to-Cover: Summer of Apollo 11 (1969)


Aviation Week has covered scores of technological triumphs over its history, but no achievement received as much prominence as the Apollo 11 moon landing.

How big of a story was it? The mission was featured on the cover of Aviation Week & Space Technology for eight out of nine weeks in the summer of 1969, a span stretching from June 30 to Aug. 25. The spacecraft launched on July 16, and astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin set foot on the lunar surface on July 20.

The sole exception: the July 21 issue, which appears to have gone to press just before the launch. Its cover featured a line of Lockheed C-5A military cargo transports.

Where were you when Armstrong stepped onto the moon? How did the Apollo program inspire you to pursue a career in aerospace?

► Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors 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.

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Aviation Week & Space Technology marked its centennial in 2016. Here, we highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.

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