Category: aircraft

Aerospace concept art of the 1960s.

(San Diego Air & Space Museum)

The future takes flight in Shusei Nagoaka cover art for West Magazine, August 1970.

A-Plane: Behold the Atom Powered Plane on a vintage “Into Space” cigarette card from @nypl. Their collection is quite something.

(New York Public Library)

A B-720 aircraft full of crash test dummies at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, 1988.

November 23, 1942: The experimental Vought V-173 “Flying Pancake” makes its maiden flight.

August 1, 1954 – The Convair XFY-1 Pogo made its first vertical takeoff and landing. The test pilot said, “It’s awful hard to fly an airplane looking over your shoulder.” (via)

The X-3 Stiletto experimental aircraft on the lakebed at Edwards Air Force Base, 1954.

January 27, 2006 – A NASA DC-9 reduced-gravity aircraft, aka the “vomit comet,” photographed during a flight over the Gulf of Mexico. Based  at Ellington Field near Johnson Space Center, the plane flies a series of “parabola patterns” that create brief periods of weightlessness for astronauts in training.


A Soviet Buran space shuttle piggybacking on an Antonov An-225 transport plane.

10 YEARS AGO TODAY: The Boeing X-48B experimental unmanned aerial vehicle flies over the edge of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on August 14, 2007.

(NASA Dryden Flight Research Center)