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Fri, September 6 2019

The Many Lives of Buster the Air Racer

Since the earliest days of flight, air racing has been an exciting motorsports activity. We have in our collection many of the aircraft that made history by winning races and setting records, like Steve Wittman’s Special 20 Buster, which lived two lives in air racing and proved to be an inspiration for an entire class of air racers.

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Wittman Special 20 "Buster"
Thu, August 15 2019

Preserving Flak-Bait's Fabric Panels

To the best of our knowledge, Flak-Bait is the only World War II bomber of its kind to retain the original insulating fabric panels lining the interior of the forward fuselage. To preserve the original fabric, we performed a number of innovative conservation treatments.

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Preserving Flak-Bait's Fabric Panels

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Flak-Bait Cockpit After Fabric Conservation
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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 Pitts S-1S Special
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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Lt. Farrell with Flak-Bait
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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Paratroopers Board C-47 for D-Day Invasion
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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Applying Varnish to Flak-Bait Rudder
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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AirSpace Live at SXSW

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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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Curtiss NC-1, NC-3, NC-4, Leaving Rockaway, Long Island
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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