This year Aviation Week & Space Technology celebrates its 100th birthday. To mark the occasion, the weekly magazine is giving us a fantastic gift: the 100-year digital archive of their 4,500 issues for free.

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The new online Aviation Week archive includes nearly 500,000 pages of aerospace industry articles, stunning photos, illustrations and advertising. If you just keep browsing through the covers, you can get a colorful picture of aerospace history, highlighting the most prominent events, cutting edge innovations, craziest concepts, lively prospects, and dead ends of the aviation industry. We’ve collected below our favorite Aviation Week covers to create up a fascinating timeline of technological progress and graphic design. Enjoy!

Vol. 1, No. 1 – Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering, August 1, 1916.

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The deBothezat helicopter. Aviation, January 22, 1923.

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Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh and his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Aviation, May 30, 1927.

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The first color cover. Aviation, April 6, 1929.

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Statistical number. Aviation, October 5, 1929.

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The New York show. Aviation, May 3, 1930.

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Aviation, October 1, 1930.

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Gee Bee Super Sportster. Aviation, October 1, 1932.

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The first transoceanic delivery flight! Aviation, July 1, 1938.

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Navy’s largest order. Aviation, February 1, 1940.

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Bolt from the blue. Aviation, February 1, 1943.

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Lockheed Constellation. Aviation, November 1, 1945.

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Boeing 377 Stratocruiser. Aviation Week, November 24, 1947.

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Northrop YB-49. Aviation Week, February 12, 1951.

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Whither now space man? Aviation Week, November 9, 1953.

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En garde! Aviation Week, February 14, 1955.

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Freedom has a new sound! Aviation Week, May 9, 1955.

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Paraballoon: new and radical radar antenna. Aviation Week, October 22, 1956.

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25th annual inventory of airpower. Aviation Week, March 3, 1958.

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Mercury man-in-space capsule mockup. Aviation Week Including Space Technology, April 13, 1959.

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Saturn eight-engine rocket cluster. Aviation Week and Space Technology, May 9, 1960.

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NASA Apollo mockup. Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 7, 1962.

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Telstar 2 during environmental test. Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 19, 1962.

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Apollo suit prototype with life support pack. Aviation Week & Space Technology, October 28, 1963.

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North American Gemini paraglider full scale tow test vehicle. Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 27, 1964.

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USAF/North American XB-70A first flight. Aviation Week & Space Technology, October 5, 1964.

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Gemini 7 seen from Gemini 6 in rendezvous. Aviation Week & Space Technology, December 27, 1965.

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Mockup of Lockheed’s L-2000 design for SST. Aviation Week & Space Technology, June 27, 1966.

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Extra-vehicular jet shoes. Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 15, 1966.

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General Electric circular circuit. Aviation Week & Space Technology, December 19, 1966.

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Russian EVA suits. Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 6, 1967.

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Aircraft-turbine-powered Howmet racing car. Aviation Week & Space Technology, July 29, 1968.

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First Concorde takeoff. Aviation Week & Space Technology, March 17, 1969.

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The pinnacle of aerospace history: the summer of 1969.

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Grumman shuttle configuration. Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 4, 1970.

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YF-12 flies NASA research mission with F-104 chase aircraft. Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 3, 1970.

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Itek panoramic camera folded lens. Aviation Week & Space Technology, December 20, 1971.

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Marketing the wide-body jets. Aviation Week & Space Technology, October 23, 1972.

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ARTS 3 traffic control display at Dallas/Ft. Worth. Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 25, 1974.

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Soyuz view from Apollo. Aviation Week & Space Technology, September 8, 1975.

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Gulf Air crew with Lockheed L-1011. Aviation Week & Space Technology, February 23, 1976.

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First space shuttle orbiter. Aviation Week & Space Technology, March 22, 1976.

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Firebrand target drone in tunnel test. Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 15, 1978.

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Very Large Array radio telescope. Aviation Week & Space Technology, December 29, 1980.

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Space Shuttle first launch. Aviation Week & Space Technology, April 20, 1981.

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Engine acoustic test stand at Edwards AFB, Calif. Aviation Week & Space Technology, June 28, 1982.

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USAF MX missile reentry vehicles over Kwajalein atoll South Pacific. Aviation Week & Space Technology, March 18, 1985.

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Computer generates microburst image in Boeing wind shear research. Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 12, 1985.

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Crescent of Uranus imaged by Voyager 2. Aviation Week & Space Technology, March 3, 1986.

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NASA explores new space suit concepts. Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 11, 1988.

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Soviet Space Shuttle. Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 16, 1989.

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Unveiling the stealth fighter. Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 1 1989.

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Nuclear propulsion for space travel. Aviation Week & Space Technology, December 2, 1991.

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1927–1991. Aviation Week & Space Technology, December 16/23, 1991.

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777 final assembly to test digital design approach. Aviation Week & Space Technology, October 12, 1992.

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Missions to Mir: prelude to station era. Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 27, 1995.

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Mars: exploration in a new era. Aviation Week & Space Technology, July 14, 1997.

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Global Hawk first flight. Aviation Week & Space Technology, March 9, 1998.

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Station era begins. Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 4, 1999.

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www.avationnow.com Aviation Week & Space Technology, February 7, 2000.

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‘An act of war’ September 11, 2001. Aviation Week & Space Technology, September 17, 2001.

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Return to flight. Aviation Week & Space Technology, April 11, 2005.

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The legacy: going beyond shuttle. Aviation Week & Space Technology, July 4, 2011.

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Trailblazer: SpaceX’s Dragon at International Space Station. Aviation Week & Space Technology, June 4, 2012.

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The path ahead: Curiosity’s trek. Aviation Week & Space Technology, August 20, 2012.

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China in space. Aviation Week & Space Technology, November 25 2013.

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Closing in on Pluto. Aviation Week & Space Technology, July 6-19, 2015.

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Happy 100th Birthday, Aviation Week!