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Aircraft

Fri, August 5 2016

The Year Aeronautics Was an Olympic Event

Today, marks the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Modern opening ceremonies are often accompanied by a flyover. In the 1936 games in Berlin, Germany, an actual gold medal was awarded for Aeronautics. Gliding, in which aircraft were catapulted into the air, and aerobatics were demonstration events, with the hopes of becoming full-fledged events in the future.

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Bücker Bu 133 Jungmeister
Fri, July 29 2016

Flying the SR-71

The Museum is fortunate that among our corps of docents, or guides, are people with direct experience flying or flying in a number of our aircraft. Among those docents are Buz Carpenter and Phil Soucy who know what its like to sit inside one of the world's fastest aircrafts, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird Landing at Dulles
Thu, July 28 2016

Setting Records with the SR-71 Blackbird

Today in 1976, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird broke the world’s record for sustained altitude in horizontal flight at 25,929 meters (85,069 feet). The same day another SR-71 set an absolute speed record of 3,529.6 kilometers per hour (2,193.2 miles per hour), approximately Mach 3.3. As the fastest jet aircraft in the world, the SR-71 has an impressive collection of records and history of service. The Blackbird’s owes its success to the continuum of aircraft that came before it.

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SR-71
Tue, July 12 2016

Lindbergh's Dramatic Demonstration

When Lindbergh landed in Paris, the American public became enamored with him and with aviation. The air age had arrived.

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Charles Lindbergh
Sun, January 3 2016

Not a Propeller, a Big Fan

This huge wind tunnel fan was one of two fitted to NASA’s Full Scale Wind Tunnel at its research center in Hampton, Virginia. Built in 1931 for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, the predecessor to NASA), the wind tunnel was used to test most of America’s significant military aircraft of that era. Also known as the 30 x 60 foot tunnel, the Full Scale Wind Tunnel could hold an aircraft with a wingspan of up to 12 meters (40 feet). Aerospace engineers used the wind tunnel’s accurate data to verify designs and make improvements. It was one of the most significant research tunnels ever built.

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The Full Scale Wind Tunnel Fan Featured a Metal Spinner
Tue, October 27 2015

Bridge of Spies: An Opportunity to Bust Myths about the U-2 and the Capture of Gary Powers

I recently attended a screening of Bridge of Spies, a new movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks. Purportedly, Bridge of Spies was inspired by events surrounding the 1962 exchange of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers and graduate student Frederick Pryor for Soviet spy Rudolph Abel. The movie event was sponsored by Virginia’s Cold War Museum which was co-founded by Francis Gary Powers, Jr., who was also in attendance and served on a Q&A panel after the film.

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Lockheed U-2B in Flight
Presented Online What's New in Aerospace?
December 17, 2020 | 1:00pm

The New "Fat Albert"

Join us for a live chat about the new "Fat Albert" transport plane joining the Blue Angels.

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"Fat Albert," the Blue Angels' plane, in flight.
Presented Online STEM in 30
Episode available starting May 14, 2020

Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Science Underneath Earthquakes and Volcanos

What causes a volcanic eruption? Is there always lava? How are volcanoes and earthquakes related?  Travel with the STEM in 30 team to the Pacific Northwest, home to some of the most seismically active areas in the U.S. Learn from experts about tectonic activity and find out if they know when the...

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Mount Rainier
Presented Online STEM in 30
May 7, 2020 | 1:00pm

Mission Debrief: World War II

Join us for a mission debrief live chat of our World War II: Victory in Europe episode to ask your questions about World War II airplanes and  Tune in on the STEM in 30 Facebook...

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North American P-51D Propellers
Presented Online STEM in 30
Episode available starting April 30, 2020

World War II: Victory in Europe

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day, STEM in 30 will take a look at how the airplane contributed to the Allied victory over the Axis powers in World War II. In this episode, we will feature collections and stories from the World War II Museum in New Orleans and will showcase students’...

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First cadets, Tuskegee

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