Stories of daring, stories of technological feats, stories of prevailing against the odds ... these are the stories we tell at the National Air and Space Museum. Dive in to the stories below to discover, learn, and be inspired. 

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September 22, 2022 Calling Lovers of All Things Lunar STORY

Are you a lover of all things lunar? Here are three hidden gems from the Destination Moon exhibit you won’t want to miss.  

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September 22, 2022 What was the Gemini Program? STORY

There would be no Apollo program without the Gemini program, which took place in between the Mercury and Apollo programs from 1964 to 1965.  

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September 22, 2022 AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 10: Boom Clap STORY | AIRSPACE PODCAST

For six months in 1964 the US Air Force flew an airplane at supersonic speeds over Oklahoma City, often multiple times a day, in a series of tests called Project Bongo. The story of how and why the tests happened is a wild ride, and we’re breaking it down for you today on AirSpace.

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September 22, 2022 What was the Mercury Program? STORY

In the late 1950s, he United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a competition for global influence and prestige—the Cold War—and began to compete on a new frontier: space. Both nations started programs to send humans into space. In the United States, that program was Project Mercury.  

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September 21, 2022 40 Years Building a Dream STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

Al Casby is not only working to restore a Vought F7U Cutlass, but its reputation as well.

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September 21, 2022 Remote (Controlled) STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

Antarctica’s environment is the most extreme on our planet. Now, an aerial revolution has begun with uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) flying in this challenging environment. 

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September 21, 2022 Captain Midnight to the Rescue! STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

In the 1930s and '40s aviation-themed radio programs attracted huge audiences.

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September 21, 2022 The Smoke Ship STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois, better known as the Huey, remains a powerful symbol of the Vietnam War.

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September 21, 2022 Missile Crisis Wear STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

On a daring flight over Cuba in October 1962, Commander William Ecker (he retired from the Navy as a captain) wore this pair of cotton coveralls manufactured by the Lion Uniform Company in Dayton, Ohio (size 38 long). 

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September 21, 2022 World War II in the Air STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

The new gallery seeks to better frame the story of World War II around the idea that aviation was central to victory, and the exhibition will highlight key areas of wartime aeronautical innovation that changed the nature and experience of warfare. 

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