In 2011, these flying machines soared
From the space shuttle to Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and next-generation tanker, along a trio of drones, these were the aircraft and spacecraft that mattered most.
In 2011,for the first time, and the for the final time.
For aviation buffs and aerospace junkies, those were the signature events of the year. In the case of the shuttle, there were actually three such moments, and each time we got more verklempt: Discovery, Endeavour, and Atlantis all flew their final missions. But as the door closes on that, a window is opening to like SpaceX and the from Paul Allen and Burt Rutan.
Boeing got a lot of mileage out of the hoopla around its Dreamliner, but the company also scored a major win from the Pentagon with the.
To borrow and bend a little from "The Graduate," however, we really have just one word for you: drones. As unmanned aircraft like the Predator continued to fly over places like Afghanistan, there were other cutting-edge robo-planes catching the spotlight, if not always for the right reasons--yes, we're looking at you,, on the ground in Iran.