Aviation Week & Space Technology launched its 100-year digital archive today in collaboration with Boeing, the sponsor of the archive. Both companies trace their roots to 1916.  The archive includes 4,500 issues and nearly 500,000 pages of articles, photos and advertising. It can be seen at archive.aviationweek.com.

“Aviation Week’s legendary scoops are all there,” said Editor-in-Chief Joe Anselmo. “But the archives also are a treasure trove on the history of our industry that readers can dive into and will have a hard time pulling themselves away from. The breadth of information on aircraft, spacecraft and technological leaps is breathtaking, and the old advertisements are quite revealing.”

Aviation Week traces its roots to August 1, 1916, when Lester D. Gardner published the first issue entitled Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering to “provide the aeronautical profession with the latest and most helpful technical information.”

“It is really something to think that Aviation Week has been published consistently for 100 years,” said Greg Hamilton, president, Aviation Week Network.  “That one publication is now part of the Aviation Week Network, one of the largest aviation information companies in the world that has more than 1.2 million users.”*

“Aviation Week’s archive is a gold mine of inspiration and education,” said John Tracy, chief technology officer, Boeing. “There’s so much to learn and enjoy in this authoritative and remarkably illustrated archive – it is literally the journal of the aerospace industry and its impact on the world. For Boeing’s centennial year, we aim to celebrate our rich legacy and more importantly inspire a new generation of aerospace visionaries. Helping expand Aviation Week’s content into a digital format is a great example of how we are achieving that goal.”

The archive can be viewed by anyone who visits the site and can be searched by year, event, company, personality or author.  Among the many interesting features: a Viewpoint from Orville Wright calling for “distinctly marked and carefully prepared landing places,” the precursor to the airport, a letter to the magazine from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the revelation of “Project X,” which became the Boeing 707, pilot reports on hundreds of civil and military aircraft and the Apollo 11 moon landing, which was featured on eight of the magazine’s covers in the summer of 1969.

View the archive online.