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July 07, 2021
How Many Quarts of Tomato Soup?! Modern Takes on Historical Recipes from the Benjamin O. Davis Collection
What do archivists do when they’re not in the archives? Last summer, in addition to making digital collections available to researchers all over the world, National Air and Space Museum archivists Elizabeth Borja and Melissa Keiser experimented with historical recipes found in the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Collection.
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Cover Page, brown paper with two punched holes centered along the upper part of the page. Text in first two rows: "Headquarters District 'H' CCC / Fort Benning GA." Centered text in outline font "Special Recipes." Smaller text in lower right corner, "September 1, 1936"
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July 07, 2021
How Many Quarts of Tomato Soup?! Modern Takes on Historical Recipes from the Benjamin O. Davis Collection
What do archivists do when they’re not in the archives? Last summer, in addition to making digital collections available to researchers all over the world, National Air and Space Museum archivists Elizabeth Borja and Melissa Keiser experimented with historical recipes found in the Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Collection.
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Cover Page, brown paper with two punched holes centered along the upper part of the page. Text in first two rows: "Headquarters District 'H' CCC / Fort Benning GA." Centered text in outline font "Special Recipes." Smaller text in lower right corner, "September 1, 1936"
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July 02, 2021
Anzani A 2 Radial 3 Engine: Fabricating Missing Aluminum Intake Elbows
The Museum’s Anzani A 2 was missing the cast aluminum intake elbows, rockers arms, and push rod assemblies on each cylinder. Fabrication specialists in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hanger endeavored to recreate these missing components so that the engine could be displayed in a more complete and accurate state.
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Anzani A 2 radial 3 engine photographed against a black backdrop
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June 30, 2021
Transforming the Museum: Gallery Spotlights
Get a sneak peek at the first eight reimagined galleries that will open at the Museum in DC in late 2022.
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Rendering of new We All Fly Gallery
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June 24, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 10: Nine Voices
A long time ago (2013), and not so far away (New Mexico), a group embarked on a quest: to translate Star Wars: A New Hope into Navajo. Their goal was to help preserve the language by introducing it to new generations and audiences beyond the reservation. In this episode, we’ll recount our decade+ hero’s journey from the call to action, to seeking a greenlight from Lucasfilm, to finding the translators and voice actors, creating whole new words for terms like “lightsaber” and “droid,” and finally the triumphant fanfare of a live audience seeing the famous opening crawl for the first time in their language.
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June 19, 2021
"No Uncle Tom Stuff”: Reflecting on Juneteenth and Bessie Coleman
June 19, 1865, Texas—A Union Army General, Gordon Granger informed the enslaved African Americans of Texas of their freedom. June 19, 1925—A young Black woman climbed into her aircraft and took to the skies in Houston, Texas. White and Black audiences, separated by different seating arrangements, cheered in unison. Reflect on the significance of both of these events and what it means today.
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Bessie Coleman 'Black Heritage' postage stamp
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June 15, 2021
Celebrating the Centennial of Bessie Coleman as the First Licensed African American Woman Pilot
One-hundred years ago, Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license. Her remarkable journey reflects the racist and sexist struggles many faced across the nation, and worldwide, in the 1920s—both in the air and on the ground.
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June 14, 2021
Bessie Coleman: Five Stories You May Not Know
Pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman's life and legacy aren’t just limited to aviation. In the air and on the ground, she made history, changed history, and witnessed history.
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June 10, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 9 Chicago Flyer
In the early days of aviation flying was dangerous and expensive. Even if you could afford it, societal barriers in the United States kept many would-be pilots grounded. But in Chicago, the Challenger Air Pilots Association cultivated a community that has since helped thousands of Black pilots learn how to fly. And it all started with a broken down car.
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June 04, 2021
Almost Blind and Completely Exhausted: Gene Cernan’s Disastrous Gemini Spacewalk
Space history curator Michael Neufeld recounts the harrowing spacewalk of astronaut Gene Cernan on the Gemini IX-A mission.
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Eugene Cernan is pictured here outside of the Gemini IX-A spacecraft during his extravehicular activity (EVA)