This Week’s Cover–Commemorating Apollo

Here’s this week’s cover of Flight International, featuring our special report on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. For more info on the event, head over to our dedicated anniversary page.

The cover is a montage of Flight’s Apollo and Saturn V cutaways. Links to the cover articles are below.


Main Feature: The long walk back to the moon

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing by assessing the USA’s current space ambitions and delving into our archives to look at how we covered the 1969 event.

Destination moon?

The USA’s lunar ambitions were surprisingly revived under George Bush, but will President Obama continue funding?

‘One small step for man…’

This is how Flight International reported the Moon landing in our 24 July 1969 issue, with original graphics and spacecraft cutaways.

Man stood for the first time on another planet last Monday morning, July 21. An estimated 600m people, the largest-ever live audience to watch any human endeavour, saw on television the bulky figure of the Apollo 11 commander, Neil Armstrong, climb backwards down the aluminum ladder, place his right foot in the spacecraft landing pad, and gingerly step down to the surface of the Moon. Science fiction became fact; the dream of centuries was realised.


Command Module cutaway



Additional Cover Articles

Vought takeover triggers tussle for 787 assembly line

Boeing’s confirmation of its intent to acquire the South Carolina operations of Vought Aircraft Industries has fired the starting gun for what is expected to be a fierce competition between several US states to house the expansion of 787 production…

Orders slump as output hits new high

First-half data from Airbus and Boeing confirms that the mainline airliner builders have suffered a major collapse in orders and a surge in cancellations, while output has reached record levels…

Royal International Air Tattoo

Anniversaries will provide two of the themes for this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), to be staged at Royal Air Force base Fairford…

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