The Second Century Starts Here

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Prognosticators, who tend to proliferate at year-end anyhow, are plentiful beyond reason this year. Everybody not busy reminiscing about the last 100 years is busy imagining the next. National Geographic Magazine has "The Future of Flying" as its December cover story. Popular Science weighed in last month with its "Gallery of Future Aircraft." Cirrus Design last week disseminated its own White Paper on its vision of future technology for the next century of personal flying. Science News explored the future of wing warping, and the U.K.'s New Scientist this week features an in-depth cover story about radical wing designs. Even the stodgy Economist indulged in dreaming about morphing robot planes and flying cars, and National Public Radio's Talk of The Nation went there, too. What about the next 100 years of aviation news? AVweb will be there to cover it ... whatever form it takes.