The Wright Brothers: Babysitters Extraordinaire
Wilbur and Orville Wright may not have been “first in flight,” but they were first in taking care of their nieces and nephews on the weekends.
Hot Air Balloon Launch Riot!
In the early days of ballooning, launches were prone to failure. When failure looked imminent, the crowd’s mood would begin to turn.
Whatever Happened to Airships?
In moving away from fossil fuels, some in aviation are thinking of bringing back helium-assisted flight.
The Rise and Fall of the Jet Pack
Well, mostly the fall.
When Victorian Scientists Caught Ballomania
In a moment when scientists were working to fashion a credible identity for themselves, they had to decide how much showmanship was too much.
Did Aviation Anxiety End the Era of Kid-Friendly Airports?
Despite intensifying concerns over security, airports play a vital role in teaching children about the interconnected world in which we live.
Why Hot Air Balloons Never Really (Ahem) Took Off
More than two centuries after the invention of ballooning, Steve Fossett became the first person to solo circumnavigate the world in a balloon.