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Fri, June 26 2020

Air Transport Command and the Airlines During World War II

During World War II, airlines worked closely with the military to further the war effort by transporting people and materiel. Bob van der Linden, curator of air transportation, discusses Air Transport Command.

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TWA and the ATC

National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center Announces Roof-Reconstruction Project

The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, began construction to repair and resurface the exterior roof of its Boeing Aviation Hangar in April. This two-year project will be completed in sections and requires areas of the museum to be closed and some artifacts to be covered for their protection.

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National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center Announces Roof-Reconstruction Project

Udvar-Hazy Center roof project
Tue, June 23 2020

 “Wonder Weapons” and Slave Labor

Curator Michael Neufeld discusses how Nazi Germany's high-tech weapons were assembled in part by forced and slave labor from the various Nazi camp systems.

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Tunnels at Mittelwerk
Wed, June 17 2020

Neal V. Loving: Pilot, Engineer, Aircraft Designer

Curator Russell Lee shares the story of aircraft designer Neal V. Loving.

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Neal Loving Flying WR-3
Fri, June 12 2020

The Art of Alma W. Thomas: A Colorful Response

Carolyn Russo, curator of the Museum's art collection, reflects of the work of Alma W. Thomas.

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"Blast Off"
Tue, June 9 2020

Mutiny at Freeman Field: The Tuskegee Airmen on Trial, Part 2

In 1945, the Tuskegee Airmen of the 477th Bombardment Group protested discrimination at Freeman Field through pre-planned displays of resistance against the segregated officers' clubs.

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Freeman Field Mutiny
Tue, June 9 2020

A Pattern of Resistance: The Tuskegee Airmen on Trial, Part 1

The Tuskegee Airmen’s fight for equality involved more than their skills in the air. It required coordinated, collective actions of civil disobedience in which 162 officers risked their careers and their lives to stand up against systemic racism in the US Army Air Forces (AAF).

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477th Bombardment Group
Tue, June 2 2020

The Challenge Before Us: A Historical Reflection on 1969 and 2020

On the same day that a commercially-built spacecraft docked with the ISS for the first time, cities across this nation experienced widespread protests sparked by profound racial disparities. The confluence of events drew comparisons to 1968 and 1969, when successful flights to the Moon occurred in the midst of a similarly fraught moment. Curator Margaret Weitekamp reflects.

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"Poor People's Campaign" March
Wed, May 27 2020

Launching Astronauts from American Soil: Why is it Important?

Curator Margaret Weitekamp reflects on the return of human spaceflight from US soil, and the implications of that capability.

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American Flag Left on ISS by STS-135
Wed, May 27 2020

SpaceX Dragon Launch and Entry Suits

Spacesuit curator Cathleen Lewis explores what we know — and don't know — about SpaceX's Crew Dragon launch and entry suits.

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SpaceX Spacesuits