As I become cynical and impatient in my old age (wait! I'm only 29!) I find less and less in all of the media outlets to be intelligent or interesting. Air & Space is a shining exception to that rule. They cover the full range as I know it, from recreational to military, commercial, and space. They always have a refreshing mix of biography, technical articles, reviews of books and such, and some great photographs that make me wish the printing material were of a higher quality.
Great magazine for the general reader and aerospace specialist
I'm not the biggest aerospace junkie but I do go to air shows and watch the occasional airplane show on the Discovery channel. This magazine is full of information that will appeal to the general reader as well as those whose life revolves around what's in the sky. For instance in one issue we have an article on how the Me-262 has been rebuilt and how the Joint Strike fighter was saved. Saved due to hundreds of individual contributions that made the fighter light enough to meet the military specs. There are also articles that appeal to those in the aerospace industry. And since it's by the Smithsonian the pictures are nothing short of superb!
The Right Stuff
A good mix of technical, historical, and personal items without the repetition that plagues so many magazines.
The Letters to the Editor are every bit as interesting as the articles.
Excellent Source of Information on the History of Aviation
This magazine is an excellent source on aviation as well as space. It's focus is on aircraft and spacecraft (together with profiles of the men and women who piloted such vehicles). You will find details on a variety of aircraft going back to the first flights in aviation history all the way up to the present time. It also has excellent coverage of the history of the U.S.'s space program - again - both historical and prospective. I recommend this magazine to anyone interested in the history of aviation and space.
Despite its left leaning views on environmental issues, it is a great magazine
This has become one of my newest most favorite magazines in the field of aviation. I read a lot of aviation related magazines but Air & Space has found a fine place in my heart and bookshelf. Their articles are really easy to read and digest for almost all ages and backgrounds. The photos are not as good as one expects but they are still among the best in the field. All in all this is a fine publication. I like their recent pieces on Vietnam era fighter/bombers (F-4s and F-105s in Feb & Mar 09 issues). And despite their leftist views on climate change, this is a great magazine. I like it and I am glad to be buying it.