Aviation Week & Space Technology

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Aviation Week
Aviation Week & Space Technology logo.png
Editor-In-Chief Joseph C. Anselmo
Former editors Anthony Velocci
Categories Technology
Frequency Weekly
First issue 1916 (1916)
Company Penton Media
Country United States
Based in New York City
Language English
Website www.aviationweek.com
ISSN 0005-2175

Aviation Week & Space Technology, often abbreviated Aviation Week or AW&ST, is a weekly magazine available in print and online that reports on the aerospace industry and has a reputation for its contacts inside the United States military and industry organizations.[1] The magazine was owned and published by McGraw-Hill until it was purchased by Penton Media in 2013.[2]

The magazine started publication in 1916 and changed to its current title in 1962.

Other publications produced by Aviation Week are:

  • Aviation Daily
  • Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
  • Business & Commercial Aviation
  • The Weekly of Business Aviation
  • ShowNews

Data products include:

  • BCA Aircraft Network
  • Aviation Week Intelligence Network
  • MRO Prospector (MRO stands for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul)
  • Top Performing Companies Benchmarking Tool

The Aviation Week Group also runs a series of MRO Conferences for the maintenance segment of the aviation industry in addition to workshops. Aviation Week, the business group, provides industry coverage (via news, data, analytics and conferences) of the global aerospace defense industry.

The publication is sometimes informally called "Aviation Leak and Space Mythology" in defense circles.[3]

Aviation Week Uncovers New, Classified Unmanned Aircraft Flying At Area 51[edit]

In a December 9, 2013 cover story, Aviation Week & Space Technology revealed details about a highly classified intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance stealth unmanned aircraft – the RQ-180 – that has been developed in secret by Northrop Grumman. The aircraft is currently flying at Area 51 in the Nevada desert and will become operational by 2015.[4]

Aviation Week Reveals SR-72, names it Son of Blackbird[edit]

The SR-72 is the proposed successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. There were unconfirmed rumors about the SR-72 dating back to 2007, when various sources disclosed that Lockheed Martin was developing a Mach 6 plane for the US Air Force. Such a development was confirmed on 1 November 2013, when the Skunk Works revelations were published about the development work on the SR-72 exclusively in Aviation Week & Space Technology.[5] The magazine dubbed it 'The Son of Blackbird.' Public attention to the news was large enough to overwhelm the Aviation Week servers.[6]

Nuclear Bomber hoax[edit]

The 1 December 1958 issue of Aviation Week included an article, Soviets Flight Testing Nuclear Bomber, that claimed that the Soviets had made great progress in their own nuclear aircraft program.[7] This was accompanied by an editorial on the topic as well. The magazine claimed that the aircraft was real beyond a doubt, stating that "A nuclear-powered bomber is being flight tested in the Soviet Union. ... It has been observed both in flight and on the ground by a wide variety of foreign observers from Communist and non-Communist countries." In reality, however, the article was a hoax. The aircraft in the photographs was later revealed to be an M-50 bomber and not a nuclear-powered plane at all.


  1. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology aviationweek.com
  2. ^ "Penton Buys Aviation Week from McGraw Hill."
  3. ^ "Military: The Mystery Continues". GlobalSecurity.org. 2005-04-27. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-06. 
  4. ^ Butler, Amy (9 December 2013). "Exclusive: Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances". Aviation Week & Space Technology. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Norris, Guy (1 November 2013). "Exclusive: Skunk Works Reveals SR-71 Successor Plan". Aviation Week & Space Technology. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Haria, Rupa (1 November 2013). "The Day A Spy Plane Broke Aviation Week". Aviation Week & Space Technology. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Soviets Flight Testing Nuclear Bomber, Aviation Week, 1 December 1958, p. 27.

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