Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Landing at Dulles


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Teach your students and kids about our aviation and flight with National Air and Space Museum resources, including interactive activities, blogs, videos, episodes of our middle school webcast STEM in 30, AirSpace podcast episodes, and more.

Amazing Stories        Balloons and Airships        Early Flight        Getting to Orbit        How Things Fly        In the Museum       Innovations in Flight       My Flight Story        Pioneer Stories        Spying From Above        Vertical Flight        Wright Brothers        World War II        Naval Aviation


Amazing Stories

President John F. Kennedy and Sikorsky Helicopter

AirSpace: Hail to the Chief

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis "Fagot B" at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Korean War Adversaries

Three people stand in front of aircraft.

“We Heard a Loud Boom!”- Miracle on the Hudson


Balloons and Airships

Many multicolored balloons float in the air.

STEM in 30: At the Balloon Fiesta

Hot Air Balloons

Making Hot Air Balloons

weather balloon launch

What is Buoyancy

Breitling Orbiter 3 Balloon

Lift: Lighter Than Air Aircraft

How Things Fly Explainer Demonstrates Bernoulli's Principle

Lighter Than Air

More about Civil War Ballooning   More about Ballooning



Early Flight

Cher Ami a WWI Homing Pigeon

How Pigeons Helped the British in World War I

Kites of Asia Family Day

STEM in 30: Kites

Kiting the 1901 Wright Glider

Kites to Flight-Inventing with the Wright Brothers

Black and white group photo

AirSpace: The Ninety-Nines


Getting to Orbit

Patent Drawing of a Rocket Designed by Robert H. Goddard

Rocket Lab

How Things Fly

Gravity Keeps Us Down to Earth

White, metal, bell-shaped nozzle with electrical wires and control unit on top

Thrust: Rocket Engines

International Space Station floats above Earth

Is There Gravity in Orbit?

An earth-like planet on the right and a Sun-like star in the distance on the left

Orbital Motion


How Things Fly

Explainer Helps with Design Challenge

Engineering Design Challenge

"How Things Fly" Explainer

Create Your Own Paper Airplane

Women in Aviation and Space Family Day at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Controlled Flight

How Things Fly Explainer Demonstrates Force of Flight

Forces of Flight

Computer generated image of Boeing 747 in How Things Fly

How Wings Work

How Thing Fly Explainer Assists Visitors with Gyro Chair Interactive

Roll, Pitch, and Yaw

How Things Fly Logo

Distance Challenge

Science Experiment at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Bernoulli Brain-Teasers


In The Museum

Outside of cockpit of red Amelia Earhart Lockheed Vega 5B aircraft

Inside the Cockpit of Amelia Earhart's Vega

Overall, three-qaurter side view of green and blue Spitfire aircraft

5 Things to Know about the Spitfire

Wheels and metal framing under body of Voisin Type 8 aircraff

A Closer Look at Landing Gear

Air Route Beacon

A Guiding Light: The Airway Beacon Tower


Innovations in Flight

Celena Doupart talking about the Boeing CST-100 Starliner

What is the Boeing CST-100 Starliner?

Spirit of St. Louis

Ten Objects that Transformed the World

F-117 Nighthawk

Explore the F-117 Nighthawk

A concept visualization for NASA’s X-57 “Maxwell” aircraft.

NASA’s X-57: Electric is the Shape of Things to Come


My Flight Story

Apollo Spacesuit Overshoe

From Cowboy Boots to Space Boots

Samantha Cristoferetti speaking during an interview

Meet Astronauts Terry Virts & Samantha Cristoferetti

Learn with NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold

Teacher Edition with NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold

Grumman F-14D (R) at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

AirSpace: Bailing Out


Pioneer Stories

Leonardo da Vinci Ornithopter Model

What da Vinci and Skydiver Alan Eustace Have in Common

The Lindberghs with the Sirius

Milestones of Flight: The Lindberghs

Apollo 12 Crew

Second to None: Apollo 12 Crew

Samuel P. Langley and Pilot Charles Matthew Manley

Samuel Langley


Spying From Above

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Tour of the SR-71 Blackbird

Col. Richard Graham, USAF (Ret.)

Airspace: Spies in the Skies

Lockheed U-2

STEM in 30: Spy Planes - Eyes in the Sky

Lockheed A-12 aircraft lined up on tarmac

The A-12 Oxcart on Display at CIA Headquarters


Vertical Flight

Bell XV-15 Tilt Rotor Lands at Udvar-Hazy Center

The Science of Vertical Flight

The bottom view of a helicopter taking off.

Helicoptor Flight: 360 Video

Children Enjoy Super Science Saturday

Helicopter Controls

Boeing-Vertol CH-46E Sea Knight

Copters, Choppers, and the Phrog


Wright Brothers

Side of wood, fabric, and metal canard biplane 1903 Wright Flyer in museum

The Wright Stuff: Flying the Wright Flyer

Wright Patent, First Page

Wright Brothers Patent Journey

Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann in the cockpit of a plane.

Could the Wright Brothers Fly Today's Commercial Planes?

1903 Wright Flyer Cockpit

Wing Warping the Wright Way

Song of the Wright Boys

Wright Brothers' Flight Path

1903 Wright Flyer First Flight, Kitty Hawk, N.C.

Airplane's Family Tree: From Wright Brothers to Today


World War II

Barrage Balloons at Normandy

Protecting the Beaches on D-Day


Women Airforce Service Pilots

flak-bait with green highlighting

Behind the Scenes at the Flak-Bait

More about World War II


Naval Aviation

A man and a woman stare into a camera in front of a star-spangled background.

Podcast: Danger Zone

WAVES specialist first class Lorraine Taylor and specialist first class Martha Harrison

Making Waves

A photo of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier.

Aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN 69

U.S. Navy Blue Angel F/A-18C Hornet

Blue Angel Joins the Collection

More about Naval Aviation



Google Expedition

Women in Aviation

Discover women in aviation who are featured in exhibits at our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Start by downloading the Go... Expedition app and then browse to the Expedition.