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    Roscoe’s Meteor: The Strange Road to Success December 22, 2022 A Homebuilt Built for the Highway December 21, 2022 You Just Invented the Airplane, Now What? December 19, 2022 Landings are Mandatory: Lt. Don Engen and the Mirror Landing System October 28, 2022 Breaking the Sound Barrier: Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 October 13, 2022
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    Mail Away, Mail Away, Mail Away Presented Online
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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: At the Air Show Presented Online
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    Learn more Nation of Speed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC October 14, 2022 - October 14, 2037 Learn more Early Flight National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC October 14, 2022 - October 14, 2037
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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: Engineer at Wing; Shirley Kozler Learn how Sally Ride inspired engineer Shirley Kozler who now works for Wing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be0niq2_Pfo Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Aircraft, Behind the scenes, Commercial aviation, Drones, Women, Technology and Engineering, People

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    My Path: Inspired by a WASP; Alex Blake - Analysis & Test Engineer at Wing Learn how Alex Blake; an Analysis and Test Engineer at Wing was inspired by one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII and went on to become an engineer at Wing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p89zfgatN0Q Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Aircraft, Behind the scenes, Commercial aviation, Drones, General aviation, Human spaceflight, People, Robotics, Technology and Engineering, Women

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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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