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Tue, October 1 2019

Transforming the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

The Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery, home of the Lindberghs, Earhart, Doolittle, and Piper, among many other pioneers, closes on October 7 as part of the transformation of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, but it will be back in 2022. We explore the many versions of Pioneers of Flight.

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Wed, September 25 2019

The Big Three

This summer, visitors had a unique opportunity to see the transformation of American commercial aviation on the floor of the Mary Engen Restoration Hangar: the Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor, the Boeing 247-D, and the Douglas DC-3

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Announces Final Locations for “Apollo at the Park” Statues

Armstrong Spacesuit Statues Will Find New Homes After Baseball Season Following the National Air and Space Museum’s successful Apollo 50 initiative, “Apollo at the Park,” the full-sized statues of Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit...

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Announces Final Locations for “Apollo at the Park” Statues

Thu, September 12 2019

Calculating Trajectories and Breaking Boundaries During Apollo

In the late 1960s, Poppy Northcutt was a return-to-Earth specialist with TRW, working on a contract with NASA on one of the most exciting adventures of the 20th century: humanity’s quest for the Moon. With computer programming skills and a degree in mathematics, she worked with her team at TRW on the development of the return-to-Earth program. And she became the first woman in Mission Control.

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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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The Many Lives of Buster the Air Racer

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Thu, August 29 2019

Back to School

As the summer comes to an end, it’s time for many to go back to school.  Most students have mixed feelings of excitement and trepidation at the thought of returning. Imagine how the students at the earliest aviation schools felt!

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National Air and Space Museum Renovation Update

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s renovation of the building on the National Mall continues with artifact moves and significant changes to the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.” The North American X-15 will be the first major artifact to be lowered and removed from the museum’s main hall. Visitors will continue to see changes as other artifacts shift and move over the next few months.

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British Royal Air Force's Red Arrows Fly to the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center

The National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center will host the British Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows, one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams, Tuesday, Aug. 27. As part of their North American tour, three Red Arrows Hawk T1s will fly past the museum and will then be on display for visitors to see on the ramp outside the museum. The museum also will host activities inside, including panel discussions, curator talks and other educational activities.

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British Royal Air Force's Red Arrows Fly to the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center

Fri, July 26 2019

Nothing Says Welcome Home like the Goodyear Blimp

On September 6, 1969, Neil Armstrong was welcomed home with a parade in his hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio, with flags, banners, Bob Hope, and the Goodyear Blimp.

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Receives $10 Million Gift From Textron

The National Air and Space Museum has received a $10 million gift from Textron Inc. to support the transformation of the “How Things Fly” exhibition at the flagship building in Washington, D.C. “How Things Fly” is a dynamic,...

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Receives $10 Million Gift From Textron