Neil Shea

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Ramadi Nights ... is a riveting read.


Blog of the Nation
from NPR's Talk of the Nation

Fly by Light

The Men Who Would Fly Forever | in National Geographic


ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates—Early on Monday, if the desert wind rushing toward the Strait of Hormuz lays down and dawn comes in clear and bright, a very large and odd-looking experimental aircraft will lift off from a military airport in Abu Dhabi, turn east toward the rising sun, and take a run at history. On board will be a single pilot, for the cockpit is too small, and too cramped, to carry more. He will steer through morning quietly and quite slowly—faster than a running man, but far slower than, say, a Vespa scooter driven by a guy who’s late for work.

From below, his aircraft will resemble a toy, with enormous, stiff wings jutting out of a short, thin fuselage, and stabilizers at the tail that are as blunt as pegs on a pogo stick. As the plane begins to climb, almost imperceptibly, the impression will be of an object set adrift more than one purposefully driven. By contrast, almost any aircraft it meets, even certain thumb-toggled drones, will seem like overachievers.


 
Stories
Short / True

Words + Pictures | Instagram

A Gathering Menace

Making Taliban | in The American Scholar

The Revolution is

Castro's Cuba at 50 | in VQR | Winner of the Silver Lowell Thomas Award

Ramadi Nights

Stumbling Towards Victory in Iraq | in VQR

Omo River

Africa's Last Frontier | in National Geographic | Winner of the Gold Lowell Thomas Award



Dispatches
Writing the Future

Dispatches from Kenya, August 2013

Wedding Crashers

Documentary work vs. Buzz kill :: Dispatch from Kenya, August 2013

We Don’t Talk About That Stuff Here

Dispatch from Iraq: How Long Does Identity Last?

“God, country. Then family.”

The View from an Iraqi Classroom :: May 2013

Al Taqaddum

Behind the Story: Looking back at Iraq