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March 30, 2009
On This Spot ...
The millions of visitors who pass through the doors of the National Air and Space Museum each year come to see the real thing, the actual air and space craft that shaped history – from the world’s first airplane to the back-up hardware for the latest robot spacecraft on its way to explore another world.
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A daguerreotype image showing a large balloon being inflated.
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March 29, 2009
International Year of Astronomy Public Observatory Project at The National Air and Space Museum
2009 is the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope to examine the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and the Milky Way. 
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A picture of an observatory.
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March 26, 2009
The Curtiss R3C-2 Racer, 1925
The Curtiss R3C-2 Racer was the world’s fastest airplane in 1925 when it captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the public for aviation. 
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Curtiss R3C-2 Racer
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March 25, 2009
All in a Late Day's/Night's Work
The National Air and Space Museum contains some of the largest artifacts in the world, which presents many unique challenges for handling  and displaying.  It is up to a small group of individuals, comprised of Collections and Restoration staff, to ensure artifacts are cared for and not damaged.  Carrying out these duties are neither easy or for the faint of heart as we frequently utilize heavy equipment, such as forklifts, basket and scissor lifts, cranes, etc., within inches of the artifact.  Working with less than an inch is typical as well. Additionally, as the National Air and Space Museum has so many oversized artifacts in its collection, we operate our own tractor trailer to support the museum's 3 locations. 
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Installation of Beechcraft D18S at the Udvar-Hazy Center
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March 25, 2009
Visit to Garber
One of the best things about working at the National Air and Space Museum is going to the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility every now and then. The museum keeps aircraft that is being restored and artifacts that need special storage conditions–like spacesuits!—out there.
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March 24, 2009
It's All About You and Kites
Every year, the Smithsonian holds a huge Kite Festival on the National Mall.  The weekend prior to the festival, the National Air and Space Museum has a Kite Family Day where kids and their families can make their own kites, learn how to fly them, and watch indoor kite flying demonstrations. I often search the web to find out what visitors are filming, photographing, blogging and tweeting about the Museum.  I found lots of images and videos of the outdoor Kite Festival, but one of our educators found this great YouTube video which captures the fun of the indoor Kite Family Day in 2008.
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Kites of Asia Family Day
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March 24, 2009
Veterans Reunited
The Korean War is often called the Forgotten War. Recently, one veteran had the opportunity to shed light on a remarkable aspect of one of the most challenging American conflicts of the twentieth century.
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March 19, 2009
Winged Wonders
"People Standing on Wings" is probably one of the more obscure genres of aviation photography found in the Museum's Archives Division files. Originally, men and women stood on aircraft wings to demonstrate the strength of the wing and struts.
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Grumman F-14D(R) Tomcat at the Udvar-Hazy Center