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June 24, 2022
1947: Year of the Flying Saucer
What Kenneth Arnold saw while flying past Mt. Rainier on June 24, 1947, remains a mystery. He spent the rest of his life trying to explain it and inadvertently added the words “flying saucer” to the vocabularies of millions of people around the world. Learn about the story behind it.
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Black and white image of a man standing in front of an airplane, holding an object in his hand, and looking to the right.
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June 23, 2022
The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk
Kitty Hawk, NC—where the Wrights made their world changing flights. 
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A biplane just barely above the ground with a person standing to the right of it.
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June 23, 2022
AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 4: Electricity
A decade ago it was pretty rare to see an all-electric car on the road. Now that you see them all. the. time. we wondered – what about electric vehicles in the *sky*? Several companies are working to overcome the challenges of all-electric flight, and it’ll likely be a long time before your commercial plane goes electric. But smaller, shorter-distance applications of all-electric air transport might be just around the corner. In this episode, we speak to Dr. Martine Rothblatt to learn how her company is working towards using electric helicopters to deliver the ultimate precious cargo -- transplantable human organs.
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June 22, 2022
The Flying Tank
German forces pushing into the Soviet Union felt nearly invincible—until they met the Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik.
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A restored IL-2 flies above the clouds, with a Soviet red star prominently painted on its side.
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June 22, 2022
Is There a Doctor in The House?
Astronauts headed to Mars and beyond won’t be able to depend on Earth for a quick response in the event of a medical emergency.
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An artist’s depiction of a future base on the surface of Mars shows two astronauts standing in front of cylindrical shelters and a rover.
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June 22, 2022
Before the Wrights Were Aviators
Orville and Wilbur Wright weren't always pioneering aeronautical engineers.
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Wright Cycle Co. Repair Claim Check
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June 21, 2022
Phantom Flyers: Aerial Victory over North Vietnam
For the crews of US Navy Fighter Squadron 31 (VF-31, the “Tomcatters”), June 21, 1972, was the last day of their first line period of sustained operations onboard the USS Saratoga before a scheduled week off. That day proved to be one of the most significant in the squadron’s history. Discover why.
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F4 Phantom
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June 21, 2022
The Nemesis Dynasty
After a shaky start, the Nemesis NXT air racer comes out on top. 
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Jeremy Kinney, Associate Director for Research and Curatorial, with the Nemesis NXT in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Smithsonian Air and at Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.
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June 21, 2022
Some Assembly Required
Aviation enthusiasts are scouring the country for the vintage airplane kits of their youth.
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A 1/72 scale diorama depicts four models of Douglas World Cruisers at a refueling stop in Seward, Alaska. The bi-planes sit on water near a dock crowded with activity.
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June 20, 2022
Who Were the Wright Brothers?
Learn about the two distinct minds that made of the dynamic Wright brothers team.
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Wilbur and Orville Wright in Dayton, Ohio