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All my life, there has been one magazine I have serious trouble putting down. And you'll be surprised that it's not a flying magazine either. No, it's Popular Mechanics, a publication that breaks down the world of "guy stuff" in a way that nobody else can touch.

Yes, of course women read Popular Mechanics too. That is, if they are interested in the kind of material as shown below, found recently on the PM web site:

Top 8 Tools for Backyard Summer BBQs
9 Questions About Robots in Space
2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Test Drive
Olympic Video Shows Bandwidth Weakness
Top 8 Most Innovative Pinball Machines of All Time
NASA Not Ready to Give Up on Martian Life
2009 Harley-Davidson CVO Test Drives
Garmin Astro Helps You Find Your Dog
Of course, me being me, I always get a charge out of the detailed way PM covers aviation. Their long and very complete articles leaves no fact unreported, and their analysis of flying machines and their performance is phenomenal.

In the current issue, their writer, Mark Huber, has returned from EAA Airventure at Oshkosh, calling it "a melding of wonderful and weird flying machines", and has selected his "Top 10 Best Planes" from the show. Here is his choices:
10. Lancair Evolution
9. Robert Noll's Van's Aircraft RV-9A
8. Sbach 342
7. Boeing's 747-LCF "Dreamlifter"
6. Rocket Racing League's Velocity Rocket Racer
5. John Travolta's Boeing 707
4. Quest Kodiak
3. ICON A5
2. Cessna 162 Skycatcher
1. Cirris SJ-50 Vision
Since this is PM, you will need to block out several hours to digest the entire article. So go here and begin the adventure, it will be a good read, I promise you.

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