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Thu, July 4 2019

Star-Spangled Artifacts

In honor of Fourth of July, we explore artifacts in our collection with American flags.

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Thu, June 6 2019

Flak-Bait's D-Day Missions

We explore the D-Day missions of the Museum's Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder Flak-Bait.

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Flak-Bait's D-Day Missions

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Mon, June 3 2019

D-Day and the Douglas C-47

In the early morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of soldiers, sailors, and airmen readied themselves for D-Day of Operation Overlord. For several divisions of American and British soldiers, the invasion had actually begun the night before on board Douglas C-47s.

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Fri, May 31 2019

Preserving Flak-Bait: Saving Doped Fabric

The Martin B-26B Marauder Flak-Bait, an iconic artifact of World War II is undergoing artifact treatment in the Museum’s Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. In this first in a series of blogs about the conservation of the aircraft, we explore the preservation of the doped fabric on the rudder.

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Preserving Flak-Bait: Saving Doped Fabric

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Thu, May 23 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.6
Help!

Some of the world’s best pilots are the ones you hope never to see. In this episode, we’re talking about air rescue.

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Help!

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Thu, April 25 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.4
AirSpace Live at SXSW

In this special episode recorded at SXSW, Emily, Matt, and Nick recount stories of failure and how they’ve inspired a whole lot of success in science and space exploration

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Tue, April 16 2019

The 100th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Flight: Transcribe the Albert Read NC-4 Collection

In May 1919, the U.S. Navy sponsored three Curtiss flying boats—the NC-1, NC-3, and NC-4—each with a crew of six, in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Lt. Commander Albert C. Read commanded the NC-4, the only aircraft to succeed in its mission.  As we prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NC-4’s historic transatlantic flight, the materials in Read’s collection are available to transcribe in the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center. 

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Thu, April 11 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.3
Hail to the Chief

On this episode of AirSpace we’re talking about the most exclusive form of public transportation – presidential flight. 

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Hail to the Chief

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Fri, April 5 2019

A Guiding Light: The Airway Beacon Tower

The first pioneering pilots flew the airways during the day without purpose-designed maps. This presented a problem for the U.S. Post Office: Without flying at night, airmail was slower than by railroad and the higher cost of air transport had no value.

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Mon, February 25 2019

Inside the Cockpit of Amelia Earhart's Vega

Introduced in 1927, the Vega was the first product of designer Jack Northrop and Allan Loughead's Lockheed Aircraft Company. Sturdy, roomy, streamlined and fast, the innovative Vega became favored by pilots seeking to set speed and distance records. 

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