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Aircraft

Fri, May 8 2020

Fighting Gliders of World War II

Curator Russell Lee explores a lesser-known form of World War II aviation: the fighting glider.

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Wacon CG-4A
Tue, May 5 2020

Blackbirds and Lightnings

Curator Michael Hankins examines the history of the World War II fighter plane P-38 Lightning and its connections with the fan-favorite SR-71 Blackbird.

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Blackbirds and Lightnings

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Lockheed P-38J-10-LO Lightning
Mon, May 4 2020

The Naval Aviation You’ve Never Heard Of

Naval aviation curator Laurence Burke explores a lesser known type of naval aviation — spotter planes, a role mainly filled by Vought OS2U Kingfishers.

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Kingfisher on USS Missouri
Fri, May 1 2020

Mitsubishi A6M Zero Fighter

Few American fighter pilots on their own survived a turning, twisting, close-in dogfight against a capable Japanese pilot flying a Mitsubishi A6M Zero during World War II. Curator Russell Lee explores in a new blog.

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Mitsubishi A6M5 Reisen (Zero Fighter) Model 52 ZEKE
Tue, April 28 2020

Preserving Flak-Bait: Reversing a 1970s Restoration

In the latest blog about the preservation of Flak-Bait, conservator Lauren Horelick describes the work being done on the overpaint of the aircraft.

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Preserving Flak-Bait: Reversing a 1970s Restoration

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Flak-Bait Details in UV Light
Mon, April 20 2020

Sleeker and Faster: The Impact of the Full Scale Wind Tunnel

Curator John Anderson explores the impact of the NACA's Full Scale Wind Tunnel on creating faster and sleeker airplanes to help the Allies win World War II.

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XF2A-1 in the Full Scale Wind Tunnel
Fri, April 17 2020

75 Years Ago: Flak-Bait Survives the War

On April 17, 1945, 75 years ago to this day, Flak-Bait's Army Air Forces crew led it on its 200th mission.

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75 Years Ago: Flak-Bait Survives the War

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Flak-Bait Aircrew
Mon, April 6 2020

How World War II Killed the Flying Boat

Curator Bob van der Linden looks at the history of the flying boat, and how infrastructure investments during World War II changed commercial aviation. 

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Boeing Model 314 Clipper "Atlantic Clipper"
Fri, November 15 2019

Ford v. Ferrari Reminds Us That We Are a Nation of Speed

Ford v. Ferrari reminds us that the United States, throughout its history, has cultivated a deep-rooted connection with fast-moving technology, whether it is on land, sea, or in the air.

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Ford v. Ferrari Reminds Us That We Are a Nation of Speed

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Nation of Speed
Tue, October 1 2019

Transforming the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

The Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery, home of the Lindberghs, Earhart, Doolittle, and Piper, among many other pioneers, closes on October 7 as part of the transformation of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, but it will be back in 2022. We explore the many versions of Pioneers of Flight.

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Lockheed 5B Vega in Pioneers of Flight

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