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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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Fri, September 14 2018

Supplying a City by Air: The Berlin Airlift

Seventy years ago, on June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union closed all surface routes into the western zone of Berlin. For 18 months, American and British aircrews flew around-the-clock bringing supplies into Berlin, in a mission called the Berlin Airlift.

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Thu, May 24 2018

Racing Champion Nemesis NXT Comes to Air and Space

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, has a new addition: Nemesis NXT, a record-breaking Sport-class air racer.

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Wed, May 16 2018

What it Takes to Become a United Airlines Pilot

Do you have what it takes to fly the friendly skies? Becoming a commercial pilot takes time, training, and dedication.

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Tue, May 15 2018

100 Years of Air Mail

By today’s standards, sending a letter in the mail might seem a little antiquated. But 100 years ago, it was cutting edge communication.

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Wed, April 25 2018

The King and Queen of Speed's Life in the Fast Lane

Meet Jon and Patricia Sharp, the husband and wife duo behind Nemesis Air Racing. 

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Fri, April 6 2018

The British (Aircraft) Are Coming

To celebrate the RAF’s 100th anniversary, get to know a bit about these British aircraft, their owners, and what drew their pilots to flight.

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