April 2007

Vol. 90, No. 4

Ramstein on the Rise

The critical importance of this German base has sparked a building and flying boom.

Aerospace World

Afghan Crash Kills Airman Air Force TSgt. Scott E. Duffman, of Albuquerque, N.M., perished Feb. 18 while on duty in Afghanistan. Duffman, assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope AFB, N.C., died in the crash of a CH-47...


Dawn Patrol “Aircraft designers have mimicked many of nature’s flight ‘inventions,’ usually inadvertently. Now it seems likely that Microraptor invented the biplane 125 million years before the Wright 1903 Flyer.”—Sankar Chatterjee of Texas Tech University, on fossil evidence that a...

Bf 109

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The Putin Manifesto

Vladimir Putin President, Russian Federation Conference on Security Policy Munich, Germany Feb. 10, 2007 FULL TEXT VERSION The audience was warned; Vladimir Putin had said he would “avoid excessive politeness.” Still, many were startled when the Russian President loosed an...


Ghost Dance My compliments on your excellent editorial, “Ghost Dance at the Apocalypse,” February 2007 [p. 2], which objectively addressed the Kissinger/Schultz/Perry/Nunn call for US leadership in creating a “world free of nuclear weapons.” Ultimately, their proposal rests on the...