In 1903, the Wright brothers made the first heavier-than-air powered flight—changing the course of humanity. However, people practiced aviation even before 1903—flying in airships, balloons, and gliders among other craft. Today, aviation is an integral part of our modern life.

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    My Path: The Best Office View in the World: Major Jason Markzon; Thunderbirds Have you ever wondered what it is like to fly with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds? Do you know how someone becomes a Thunderbird? Find out from Major Jason Markzon of the Thunderbirs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sxib5uE15g Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Aircraft, Aviation, Behind the scenes, Military aviation, Modern military aviation, People

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    My Path: I Love Building Things - Joe Wilding; Co-Founder of Boom Supersonic Joe Wilding was the co-founder of Boom Supersonic. Learn about his path; and the future of supersonic flight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdgRlBIfDD4 Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Aircraft, Aviation, Behind the scenes, Commercial aviation, People, Records and Firsts, Science, Technology and Engineering

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    My Path: Brandon Jones; Aerospace Engineer How does backpacking help you as an aerospace engineer? Find out in this edition of My Path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66jVKXU47L0 Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Aircraft, Aviation, Behind the scenes, Commercial aviation, Drones, General aviation, People, Robotics, Science, Technology and Engineering

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    My Path: Captain Sterling Gilliam; Director; National Naval Aviation Museum Have you ever wondered how important people get to where they are? National Naval Aviation Museum director; Captain Sterling Gilliam; shares his path in this segment brought to you by STEM in 30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qhvV0Bvz4w&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_VvN6SkGaFShkAyOcNX8Rry&index=5 Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Aircraft, Airships, Aviation, Behind the scenes, Military aviation, Modern military aviation, Naval aviation, People

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    My Path: Chris Lopez; Spaceport America Program Manager Have you ever wondered how important people get to where they are? Spaceport America program manager; Chris Lopez; shares his path in this segment brought to you by STEM in 30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On-7Z1HIIRM&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_VvN6SkGaFShkAyOcNX8Rry&index=3 Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Aircraft, Aviation, Commercial spaceflight, Human spaceflight, General aviation, People

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    Roll; Pitch; and Yaw Stability and control are much more complex for an airplane; which can move freely in three dimensions. Learn about roll; pitch; and yaw. http://howthingsfly.si.edu/flight-dynamics/roll-pitch-and-yaw Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Aviation, Science, Technology and Engineering

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