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Wed, August 26 2020

A Special Delivery for the Doolittle Raiders

On April 2, 1942, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet was part of a secret plan to strike back at Japan. With no room for aditional airplanes to land on the flight deck filled with B-25 Mitchell bombers, the US Navy turned to the Navy blimp L-8 for a specialy delivery.

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US Navy blimp L-8  delivery
Mon, August 24 2020

World War II in Color, Part II

For the Museum’s aviation perspective on the war, we are looking at the nation’s participation in the air war through three lenses – aircrew, ground crew, and the war workers that built the aircraft.

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Mechanics at Tuskegee Army Air Field
Thu, August 20 2020

World War II in Color

World War II is one of the best documented conflicts in history. Millions of photos and miles of motion picture film stock provide a rich visual documentation of the conflict in both its brutal violence and celebration of martial purpose.

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English women watching Air Force maintenance crew
Mon, August 17 2020

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver: The “Big-Tailed Beast”

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver could have been the U.S. Navy’s frontline carrier-based dive bomber for much of World War II, but problems with its development delayed its introduction and saddled it with a bad reputation.

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HGC-757
Wed, August 12 2020

Defending the Superbomber: The B-29’s Central Fire Control System

Aeronautics curator Christophere Moore explores one important advancement on the B-29 Superfortress: its central fire control system.

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B-29 Upper Gunner
Wed, August 5 2020

75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

On August 6, 1945, the crew of a modified Boeing B-29 Superfortress named Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, called “Little Boy,” on the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

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75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

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Enola Gay  at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Mon, July 27 2020

Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai GEORGE

Curator Russ Lee discusses the lesser-known Japanese fighter aircraft Shiden Kai.

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Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai GEORGE

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Shiden Kai Cockpit
Fri, July 10 2020

Better Propellers for “The Few”: Desmond Cooke’s Legacy in the Battle of Britain

Curator Jeremy Kinney explores the contribution of Royal Air Force leader Desmond Cooke to the improvement of Supermarine Spitfires prior to the Battle of Britain.

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New Spitfires for 65 Squadron
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

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