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BUFF Ever­last­ing. Bill Sweet­man is se­nior in­ter­na­tional de­fense edi­tor for Aviation Week & Space Tech­nol­ogy. The au­thor of more than 30 books, he has writ­ten about al­most ev­ery as­pect of aero­space and mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy.

When the Lan­der Found the Comet. An in­ter­plan­e­tary probe spe­cial­ist, Paolo Ferri has worked on the Rosetta mis­sion for al­most 19 years.

De-icing the Cana­dian Air Force Way.

Grif­fith is a re­tired Air Canada pi­lot.


Hell­fire Meets Preda­tor. Richard Whit­tle was the 2013-2014 Verville Fel­low at the Na­tional Air and Space Mu­seum and a Global Fel­low at the Woodrow Wil­son In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for Schol­ars.

Last Stop in the So­lar Sys­tem. An­drew Chaikin ( an­ is the au­thor of A Man on the Moon, A Pas­sion for Mars, and other books on space ex­plo­ration. He has been an ad­viser to NASA on space pol­icy.

Air­line Merger Wars. Contributing edi­tor John Sotham is a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Re­serve.

Last of the Great Fly­ing Boats. Robert Bernier, a re­tired air­line pi­lot, helps re­store vin­tage air­planes at the San Diego Air & Space Mu­seum.

Any Mis­sion at Mach 2. Fre­quent con­trib­u­tor Stephen Joiner writes about aviation from his home in south­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

“F-4 Time­line.” Roger Mola is a re­searcher

at Air & Space/smith­so­nian.

UAV U. Preston Lerner, a long­time con­trib­u­tor, last wrote about the Bu­gatti racer (Sept. 2014).

As­tro­phys­i­cal Fit­ness. Guy Gugliotta is a free­lance sci­ence writer. He is a former space re­porter for the Wash­ing­ton Post.

The Fi­nal Flight of Ex­tor­tion 17. Ed Darack is the au­thor of the book Vic­tory Point, about U.S. Ma­rine Corps op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan.

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