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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

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

Wed, July 24 2019

Remembering Chris Kraft: Pioneer of Mission Control

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. is an appropriate name for a pioneering space explorer. Kraft did not explore space himself, but he made it possible for American astronauts to do so, from Mercury to the Space Shuttle. He was the primary inventor of the mission control concept, and implemented it during Project Mercury and after, including training a cadre of controllers and creating a worldwide tracking network.

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Tue, July 23 2019

Neil Armstrong and the X-15

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon and before he flew on Gemini 8, he was a NASA test pilot. Noted for his engineering excellence and technical capability as a pilot, Armstrong became one of only 12 pilots to fly the ultimate experimental aircraft – the North American X-15.

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Mon, July 22 2019

Apollo Playlist Part 2: Music Inside Apollo, Musical Critique from Outside Apollo

In this blog celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, we explore how the astronauts listened to music during the mission, what was on their playlists, and musical critiques of the Apollo program.

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Apollo Playlist Part 2: Music Inside Apollo, Musical Critique from Outside Apollo

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Sun, July 21 2019

The “First” Members of the Caterpillar Club

Only two survived the crash of the Wingfoot Express—Henry Wacker, the chief mechanic, and John Boettner, the pilot.  They became known as members one and two of the Caterpillar Club, an organization formed in November 1922 consisting of people who had used parachutes to make an emergency jump.

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Sat, July 20 2019

Apollo Memorabilia: Command Module Handbag

As the Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, we also celebrate some of the unique pieces of memorabilia created to mark that human achievement. In addition to the pins, patches, buttons, medals, matchbooks, sweatshirts, and commemorative plates the Smithsonian holds in the national collection, this unique ladies handbag is one of my favorites.

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