Our staff write books on a wide variety of aviation- and space-related topics, including our exhibitions; the collection; the history of science and technology; and planetary science.

Curators also edit other titles, from the Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight series to children's books on flight. In addition, Museum curators edit book series with Cambridge University Press (Cambridge Centennial of Flight series), Palgrave Macmillan (Palgrave Studies in the History of Science Technology), Texas A&M University Press (Centennial of Flight series), and the University of Missouri Press (Sports and American Culture).

You can explore more peer-reviewed articles, stories, and more with Smithsonian Research Online.
 

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The Red Rockets' Glare: Spaceflight and the Russian Imagination, 1857–1957 Publication

Cambridge Centennial of Flight series, edited by John Anderson and Von Hardesty

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Aircraft of the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution Fourth Edition Publication

First edition 1976, revised 1981, 1985, and 1991

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Airlines of the United States since 1914 Publication

Originally printed by Putnam, 1972; revised reprinting by Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982; reprinted Paladwr Press, 1998. 

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Airlines of Latin America since 1919 Publication

Originally published by Putnam, 1983; reprinted by Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984; reprinted by Paladwr Press, 1997.

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Airlines of Asia since 1920 Publication

First published by Brassey's: Putnam Aeronautical; first American edition, 1997.

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Spacefarers: Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight Publication

Edited by Michael J. Neufeld, with contributions from Margaret Weitekamp, Matthew Hersch, James Spiller, Andrew Jenks, Guillaume de Syon, Trevor S. Rockwell, Valerie Neal, Jennifer Ross-Nazzal, and Margaret Lazarus Dean.

 

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The Aviation Careers of Igor Sikorsky Publication A book by members of the National Air and Space Museum staff.  Read more Analyzing Art and Aesthetics (Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology) Publication

Volume 9 in the Artefacts: Studies in the History of Science and Technology series

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Alaska and the Airplane, A Century of Flight Publication Alaskans were introduced to the airplane as early as 1913, when town officials in Fairbanks invited stunt flyers James and Lilly Martin to fly over the local baseball park on July 4. Because many areas are only accessible by air, this enormous state is still defined by aviation, so that aviation and Alaska have formed a very special symbiosis that is unique both in the world and flying.  Read more Pluto's Secret: An Icy World's Tale of Discovery Publication A children's book worked on by members of the National Air and Space Museum staff.  Read more