You may be familiar with the story of the first flight or the first person to step on the moon, but in the worlds of aviation and space, there are plenty of daring and brave individuals who have broken records or conquered a feat for the first time. Higher, faster, further; discover the story of records and firsts. 

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    What was the Gemini Program? September 22, 2022 The Military Gets Its Wings September 09, 2022 The Roar of the Crowd September 09, 2022 Who Were the Wright Brothers? June 20, 2022 The Myth of John Glenn’s Seven-Orbit Mission February 20, 2022
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    Learn more The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC October 14, 2022 Learn more Nation of Speed National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC October 14, 2022
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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: Three High’Flying Friends

    Three High’Flying Friends; which tells the story of Amelia Earhart; Ruth Nichols; and Louise Thaden who were friends that shared a love of flying.

    https://youtu.be/3-jYK1O4YpE Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Aviation, People, Records and Firsts, Women

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    Pilot Pals Story Time: Air Racers

    In this episode of our Pilot Pals story time series; we share the story of air racers and Jimmy Doolittle.

    https://youtu.be/Br6jjf2_Q5U Grade PK, Grade 1, Grade K, Grade 2 Aviation, Records and Firsts, Society and Culture

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    Pilot Pals Story Time: Cornelius Coffey

    In this episode of our Pilot Pals story time series; we share the story of pioneering African American aviator Cornelius Coffey.

    https://youtu.be/JhOTw-LRNAc Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Aircraft, African American or Black people, Aviation, Records and Firsts, Society and Culture

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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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    STEM in 30: Pushing the Envelope: The Art and Science of Ballooning

    Learn about the art and science of ballooning from Air and Space experts and ABC’s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee in this episode of STEM in 30.

    https://youtu.be/sqoXjiWnm2Y Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Balloons, Records and Firsts

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    STEM in 30: Kites to Flight–Inventing with the Wright Brothers

    An introduction to the Wright brothers; the process of innovation and the concepts of flight.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kay09sH1UoA&t=4s Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Technology and Engineering, Early flight, Aircraft, Records and Firsts

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    Learn more The International Handbook of Aerospace Awards and Trophies