The Need for Speed: TOPGUN and Naval Aviation!

Available starting December 3
Presented Online

We’ve all seen a plane take off from a long runway, but what if you don’t have a full-sized runway? On aircraft carriers, jets are launched into the air — zero to 165 mph in three seconds! Tune in as we take you to the deck of an aircraft carrier to learn about the science behind launching and landing airplanes from a ship. Embrace your need for speed in this episode of STEM in 30.

Have questions after the program? Tune in to our live chat on Thursday, December 10, at 1 pm to learn more about the International Space Station.


STEM in 30 is the National Air and Space Museum’s webcast series for middle school students. Tune in every month to share the fascination of aviation and space with your students.

This episode is made possible by the generous support of the Gertrude E. Skelly Charitable Foundation.

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