75th Anniversary of World War II

Wed, August 5 2020

75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

On August 6, 1945, the crew of a modified Boeing B-29 Superfortress named Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, called “Little Boy,” on the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

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75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

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Enola Gay  at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Thu, July 30 2020

Felice Figus, Regia Aeronautica Pilot

Curator Alex Spencer tells the story of Felice Figus.

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Felice Figus During World War II
Mon, July 27 2020

Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai GEORGE

Curator Russ Lee discusses the lesser-known Japanese fighter aircraft Shiden Kai.

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Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai GEORGE

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Shiden Kai Cockpit
Fri, July 10 2020

Better Propellers for “The Few”: Desmond Cooke’s Legacy in the Battle of Britain

Curator Jeremy Kinney explores the contribution of Royal Air Force leader Desmond Cooke to the improvement of Supermarine Spitfires prior to the Battle of Britain.

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New Spitfires for 65 Squadron
Wed, July 8 2020

K-Ships vs. U-Boats

Historian Thomas Paone explores the important role played by K-ships in hunting German U-Boats during World War II.

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K-Ship
Mon, July 6 2020

Remembering Edward Lewis “Whitey” Feightner

Curator Laurence Burke looks back on the extensive career of Navy pilot Edward L. “Whitey” Feightner

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Whitey Feightner
Fri, June 26 2020

Air Transport Command and the Airlines During World War II

During World War II, airlines worked closely with the military to further the war effort by transporting people and materiel. Bob van der Linden, curator of air transportation, discusses Air Transport Command.

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TWA and the ATC
Tue, June 23 2020

 “Wonder Weapons” and Slave Labor

Curator Michael Neufeld discusses how Nazi Germany's high-tech weapons were assembled in part by forced and slave labor from the various Nazi camp systems.

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Tunnels at Mittelwerk
Tue, June 9 2020

Mutiny at Freeman Field: The Tuskegee Airmen on Trial, Part 2

In 1945, the Tuskegee Airmen of the 477th Bombardment Group protested discrimination at Freeman Field through pre-planned displays of resistance against the segregated officers' clubs.

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Freeman Field Mutiny
Tue, June 9 2020

A Pattern of Resistance: The Tuskegee Airmen on Trial, Part 1

The Tuskegee Airmen’s fight for equality involved more than their skills in the air. It required coordinated, collective actions of civil disobedience in which 162 officers risked their careers and their lives to stand up against systemic racism in the US Army Air Forces (AAF).

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477th Bombardment Group

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