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Why Rudolph Should Have Never Joined Santa's Reindeer

Why Rudolph Should Have Never Joined Santa's Reindeer

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows. Late one foggy Christmas Eve, Santa came to say, "Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Rudolph declined, noting that when flying around in foggy conditions, a bright red [...]

December 23, 2013 — Kyle Hill
An American Pilot at War, 1914 (Part I)

An American Pilot at War, 1914 (Part I)

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: December 26, 1914 In this issue of Scientific American from 1914, we published the first installment of a three-part first-hand account: "War Experiences of an Air Scout: The Diary of an American Volunteer With the Aviation Corps of the French Army," by Frederick C.

December 26, 2014 — Dan Schlenoff
An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part III)

An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part III)

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 9, 1915 In this issue of Scientific American from 1915, we published the last installment of a three-part account: "War Experiences of an Air Scout: A Battle in the Clouds," by Frederick C.

January 9, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Why Lasers Won’t Protect Airliners

Questions over the best way to protect civilian aircraft from surface-launched missiles have reemerged in light of the recent Malaysia Airlines tragedy over the Ukraine.

July 31, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier

Air Defenses against Zeppelins, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 13, 1915 German Zeppelins (airships with rigid frames) bombed Liège, Belgium, on August 6, 1914, only a few days after the Great War broke out.

February 13, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff
Airborne Scouts, 1915

Airborne Scouts, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 20, 1915 The usefulness of scouting from the air had been demonstrated in the early days of the Great War.

February 20, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff
An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part II)

An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part II)

Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 2, 1915 In this issue of Scientific American from 1915, we published the second installment of a three-part first-hand account: "War Experiences of an Air Scout: Patrol of the Sky" by Frederick C.

January 2, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff