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January 18, 2022
A Life of Dedicated Service: Remembering Brigadier General Charles McGee
Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, the eldest of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen, passed away on January 16, 2022. His life of dedicated service included flying combat aircraft in three major wars—a feat that was unthinkable before his career began, when the US military banned African Americans from combat flying roles.
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January 13, 2022
AirSpace Season 5, Ep. 9: With a Little Help From My Friends
On a spring evening in 1933, Amelia Earhart took first lady Eleanor Roosevelt on a joyride. Imagine two women—dressed for dinner at the White House (white gloves and all)—stealing away from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to pilot and co-pilot a nighttime flight to Baltimore. On this episode of AirSpace, we’re detailing the high-flying friendship of these two women – from their shared background as social workers to their mutual love of flight and advocacy of women’s empowerment and social justice. Amelia and Eleanor took the business of being role models seriously, leading by example and using their influence to elevate important societal issues. Talk about an influencer power couple!
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January 10, 2022
The “Age 60 Rule”: Michael Gitt’s 1968 Case Against the FAA
In late 1959, the FAA) released its “Age 60 Rule,” which essentially required mandatory retirement for airline pilots over age 60. As his 60th birthday rapidly approached, Captain Michael Gitt appealed with an age discrimination lawsuit against Eastern Airlines to help him overturn the age disqualification. Read about his attempt to leverage the new Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).
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Black and white photograph. Foreground: Man in dark pilot's uniform with a cap and stripes at the ends of his sleaves. Background: Side of a passenger airplane labelled "Colonial Airlines" above circular windows. A set of airstairs is behind and to the right of the man.
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January 04, 2022
The National Air and Space Museum Launches a New Magazine
In our first Air & Space Quarterly (ASQ) cover story, we examine how the carrier revolution unfolded, where naval aviation is today, and what’s on the horizon.
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Tomcat aircraft taking off from aircraft carrier. Ocean waves visible below.
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January 04, 2022
Galactic Archaeology
Astronomers are deciphering the violent history of the Milky Way, one star at a time.
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Structures that could be telescopes on the right hand side of the frame observe an illuminated star formation on the left hand side.
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January 04, 2022
The Real Top Gun
A collection of stories featuring what's new in aviation and space.
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Plane tilted in a turn, hot exhaust shooting behind the engine.
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January 04, 2022
America’s First Aircraft Carrier
A century ago, the U.S. Navy commissioned the USS Langley—an ungainly new ship that would forever change military aviation.
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Biplane approaching an aircraft carrier landing deck.
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January 04, 2022
Sweet Caroline
Pulling back the curtain on artifacts in storage
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A Convair 240 airliner in a hangar with the name Caroline on the side.
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January 04, 2022
Risky Business
A new book reveals how badly the Soviets wanted to win the early space race.
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A book cover that reads "Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space."
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January 04, 2022
Agriculture by Air
Crop-dusting was an often hazardous occupation, until a maverick entrepreneur and pilot designed the right airplanes for the job. 
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A crop-duster airplane flies low above a lush field.