June 1, 2006
1960: A Cessna 172 brochure introduced "new fly-away business travel freedom in your own flight/sweep Cessna 172 for '60 - you simply get in and GO!" The pamphlet went on to describe the 172: " ...and if you drive, you can fly...LAND-O-MATIC takes over as soon as your Cessna 172 touches the ground, automatically points you straight down the runway."
Smith Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., has withstood three separate attacks—in the 1970s, 1990s, and 2002—to close it and redevelop the land. Now, it's thriving.
Internet giant Google will acquire Titan Aerospace, the New Mexico-based developer of high-altitude unmanned aircraft systems.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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