75th Anniversary of World War II

Wed, May 20 2020

Flying on the Homefront: Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)

Aeronautics curator Dorothy Cochrane explores the history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and their fight for recognition for their contributions to World War II.

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WASP at Avenger Field
Fri, May 8 2020

Fighting Gliders of World War II

Curator Russell Lee explores a lesser-known form of World War II aviation: the fighting glider.

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Wacon CG-4A
Fri, May 8 2020

Last American Aerial Victory in Europe

For the 75th anniversary of VE Day, curator Christopher Moore shares the story of the last American World War II aerial victory in Europe.

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Junkers Ju 88
Thu, May 7 2020

Remembering World War II Through Art

Carolyn Russo, curator of the Museum's art collection, shares the story behind the painting November 1944, by artist Robert Jordan, who served in World War II and was a Prisoner of War at Luft IV POW camp.

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November 1944
Wed, May 6 2020

Ben Kuroki: A Story We All Need to Know

National Air and Space Museum chief curator Peter Jakab shares the story of Japanese American veteran Ben Kuroki.

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Ben Kuroki
Tue, May 5 2020

Blackbirds and Lightnings

Curator Michael Hankins examines the history of the World War II fighter plane P-38 Lightning and its connections with the fan-favorite SR-71 Blackbird.

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Lockheed P-38J-10-LO Lightning
Mon, May 4 2020

The Naval Aviation You’ve Never Heard Of

Naval aviation curator Laurence Burke explores a lesser known type of naval aviation — spotter planes, a role mainly filled by Vought OS2U Kingfishers.

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Kingfisher on USS Missouri
Fri, May 1 2020

Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter

Few American fighter pilots on their own survived a turning, twisting, close-in dogfight against a capable Japanese pilot flying a Mitsubishi A6M Zero during World War II. Curator Russell Lee explores in a new blog.

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Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen (Zero Fighter) Model 52 ZEKE
Mon, April 20 2020

Sleeker and Faster: The Impact of the Full Scale Wind Tunnel

Curator John Anderson explores the impact of the NACA's Full Scale Wind Tunnel on creating faster and sleeker airplanes to help the Allies win World War II.

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XF2A-1 in the Full Scale Wind Tunnel
Fri, April 17 2020

75 Years Ago: Flak-Bait Survives the War

On April 17, 1945, 75 years ago to this day, Flak-Bait's Army Air Forces crew led it on its 200th mission.

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75 Years Ago: Flak-Bait Survives the War

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Flak-Bait Aircrew

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