Stories of daring, stories of technological feats, stories of prevailing against the odds ... these are the stories we tell at the National Air and Space Museum. Dive in to the stories below to discover, learn, and be inspired. 

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February 28, 2024 Nathan Gordon, the Consolidated PBY Catalina, and a Medal of Honor Flight Story

Large, slow flying boats like the Consolidated PBY Catalina, played vital roles for naval operations, including launching airborne attacks, anti-submarine patrols, delivering supplies, and performing air rescue. Although missions in these roles may not often be remembered, February 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most extraordinary flights of the PBY Catalina during World War II.

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February 26, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Leap Day Bonus: Accounting for the Ish Story | AirSpace Podcast

Did you know that it takes the Earth 365-ish days to orbit the sun?

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February 22, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 11: Liberation through Exploration Story | AirSpace Podcast

Today we're talking about Afrofuturist space and Afronauts and walking through the Afrofuturism exhibit by our friends at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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February 17, 2024 Washington, DC’s Renowned Astronaut, Col. Frederick D. Gregory Story

Frederick Drew Gregory, is the first astronaut born, reared, and educated in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC, which is also home to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions and the first African American to pilot and command a mission in space. He is also the first African American to rise to the second-highest NASA leadership position, Deputy Administrator.

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February 08, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 10: Love at First Flight Story | AirSpace Podcast

Hollywood is in love with airports and airplanes and we are too! How many rom-coms can you name with a romantic chase through the terminal or twist of fate seat assignment?

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January 31, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Ep. 9: Video Killed the Radio Star Story | AirSpace Podcast

MTV used that iconic neon scribbled astronaut as its channel ID for years. And even today the award you get when you win a VMA is a statuette of an Apollo era astronaut, but why is MTV obsessed with the Moonman?

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January 11, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Ep. 8: An Eye from Above Story | AirSpace Podcast

Hurricanes are a fact of life in the Caribbean but in 2017, the season was so bad that it changed everything for the people of Puerto Rico. We spoke to two Coast Guard members, as well as one of our own colleagues, about what the hurricane was like, and what happened after.

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January 03, 2024 Mickey Mouse One Story | Air & Space Quarterly

Walt Disney was an aviation enthusiast who traveled around the country aboard his private airplane, which was nicknamed Mickey Mouse One.

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December 28, 2023 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 7 - 31,500 Miles Story | AirSpace Podcast

In January 1942 a B-314 flying boat operated by Pan American World Airways landed in New York after making arguably the first around the world flight by a commercial airliner. But when they set out from San Francisco in 1941, they never intended to hold that record.

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December 21, 2023 Just Doing Their Jobs Story | Air & Space Quarterly

In this Air and Space Quarterly exclusive, five U.S. Navy pilots who became the first American women to fly in combat tell their stories.

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