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    The Military Gets Its Wings September 09, 2022 Speed and the Cold War July 07, 2022 Phantom Flyers: Aerial Victory over North Vietnam June 21, 2022 The Strength and Resolve of Ukraine | Сила та рішучість України March 15, 2022 The Daily Life of the Tuskegee Airmen: The Lieutenant Rayner Collection February 22, 2022
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    Learn more Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC December 01, 2025 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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    Smithsonian Science Starter: Fun with Flags: Civil War Battle Communication

    Flags do more than just represent your country. They are used for communication too! Learn how they were used at the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War.

    https://youtu.be/zYrkWjjkzmk Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5 World War I, World War II, War and Conflict

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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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    Training Aircraft Used by Tuskegee Institute

    This image is of a vintage; open-cockpit biplane—one used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train African American pilots for Army Air Corps service during World War II.

    https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/world-war-ii/6Yc7MtgiNxdvFTjq#r/817461 Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Aviation, Military aviation, War and Conflict, World War II, African American or Black people

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    Tuskegee Airman Flight Jacket

    See what you can learn from this image of the airman jacket worn by Lt. Col. Woodrow W. Crockett.

    https://learninglab.si.edu/q/ll-c/6Yc7MtgiNxdvFTjq#r/817460 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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    World War II Patriotic Cover

    Control of the air was recognized early in WWII as a decisive factor in modern warfare; hence the popularity of the slogan Keep 'em Flying!. See it in this letterhead used by servicemen at the time.

    https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/world-war-ii/6Yc7MtgiNxdvFTjq#r/789466 Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Aviation, Military aviation, Society and Culture, War and Conflict, World War II

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    WWII Learning Lab

    Students and teachers can use this learning lab to learn about various aspects of aviation during WWII and some of the most important aviators at that time.

    https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/world-war-ii/6Yc7MtgiNxdvFTjq 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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    Learn more Albatros D.Va: German Fighter of World War I Learn more In the Cockpit II: Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II
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