From reconnaissance balloons during the Civil War to the Wright Military Flyer and the F-14 Tomcat—our ability to take to the air has fundamentally changed the military.

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    World War II in the Air September 21, 2022 Northrop P-61 Black Widow: First American Airplane Designed and Built to Fight at Night, Part I August 04, 2022 Speed and the Cold War July 07, 2022 The Flying Tank June 22, 2022 Phantom Flyers: Aerial Victory over North Vietnam June 21, 2022
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    Learn more Raytheon Technologies Living in the Space Age National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC December 31, 2025 - December 31, 2037 Learn more Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012 National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC January 14, 2012 - January 13, 2013
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    Pilot Pals Story Time: The First Around the World Flight

    In this episode of our Pilot Pals story time series; we share the story of the Douglas World Cruisers and the first around the world flight

    https://youtu.be/4igGGSBkcgU Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, Aviation, Military aviation, Records and Firsts

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    Middle School Minute: Thunderbirds Pilot Michelle Curran

    Find out what United States Air Force Thunderbirds pilot Captain Michelle Curran was like in middle school in this edition of the Middle School Minute!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBtm07e8Wf8 Aviation, Military aviation, People, Science, Women

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    STEM in 30: WWII and Tuskegee Airmen

    In this episode of STEM in 30; we explore the role African Americans played during World War II and the transformation of aviation.

    https://youtu.be/NETJrO3B7qA Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 6 African American or Black people, Military aviation, World War II

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    Smithsonian Science Starter: Pulling Gs with the United States Air Force Thunderbird (Michelle Curran)

    Find out and learn about G–forces from an United States Air Force Thunderbird.

    https://youtu.be/3wHfvUmO6oE Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Aviation, Military aviation, Science

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    Women in Aviation and Aerospace Breakout Room

    Crack the codes in this virtual breakout room while exploring the Steven F. Udvar- Hazy Center!

    https://sites.google.com/si.edu/vbrwomen/virtual-breakout-room-women/aerobatic-aviation Women, Aircraft, Aviation, People, Space, Military aviation

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    Louis R. Purnell in Uniform

    An image of Louis R. Purnell; a Tuskegee Airman and curator of Astronautics at the National Air and Space Museum; wearing his United States Army Air Force Uniform.

    https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/world-war-ii/6Yc7MtgiNxdvFTjq#r/817459 Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Aviation, Military aviation, War and Conflict, World War II

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