Aviation Week, the venerable historian of the profession, printed its first copy just 13 years after the Brothers Wright flew at Kitty Hawk and just 13 years before Robert Goddard flew his liquid-fueled rocket in a Massachusetts cabbage patch. Astonishingly, the Wrights’ famous flight could have taken place inside the space shuttle’s external fuel tank, were the latter to be placed on its side, and Goddard’s rocket reached a height nearly as great as that of the Apollo ...

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