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Thu, January 5 2012

Hollywood’s Representation of Naval Aviation: Frank W. “Spig” Wead and John Ford’s "The Wings of Eagles" (1957)

During the recently completed centennial of naval aviation (2011), there were many and varied tributes to the factual history of naval aviation. Nevertheless, we cannot forget that public perception of the armed forces is also a strong historical consideration.

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Hollywood’s Representation of Naval Aviation: Frank W. “Spig” Wead and John Ford’s The Wings of Eagles (1957)

National Air and Space Museum Opens New Archives Facility at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The National Air and Space Museum will open the new Archives Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to the public Tuesday, Jan. 10. The opening of the reading room is the culmination of a massive move that took place during Fall 2011, when the Archives Division...

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Press preview of “Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012” exhibition

WHAT:          Press preview of “Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012” exhibition WHEN:   Wednesday, Jan. 11                 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast...

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Fly with the US Marines in Fly Marines!
Fri, December 30 2011

Leaving the Moon, Watching at Home

After pressing some buttons to start up the ascent engine of their lunar module Challenger, astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt left the Moon on December 14, 1972. That’s 39 years ago – before many of us were even born. While these men looked out the tiny triangular windows of the lunar module to see the lunar surface getting farther away, viewers around the world watched that same spacecraft leave the Moon, live and in color on their television sets.

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Apollo 17 lifts off from the Moon
Sat, December 24 2011

The Santa Claus Express, Then and Now

In 1925, Mr. S. Claus was looking for a modern alternative to his old-fashioned reindeer-powered sleigh. Having once shown an interest in lighter-than-air flight in the form of hot-air balloons, Santa was favorably inclined when Goodyear came up with a solution — toy delivery via airship, in this case, Pilgrim I, renamed the Santa Claus Express for the occasion.

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Santa Claus
Fri, December 23 2011

The Rutan Voyager

Twenty-five years ago, the staff of the National Air and Space Museum held its collective breath for nine days as a seemingly fragile, flying fuel tank made its way across oceans and continents in an attempt to become the first aircraft to fly around the world non-stop and unrefueled.

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Voyager
Sat, December 17 2011

WINGS: From the Wright Brothers to the Present

Airplane designers will tell you that the wing is the heart of an airplane. For conventional airplanes, it provides most of the lift generated by the airplane; the fuselage and tail contribute only a few percent of the overall lift of the airplane.

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Otto Lilienthal
Thu, December 15 2011

A Christmastime Price War—Over a Toy Ray Gun

The first mass-produced toy ray gun had boys and girls flocking to department stores. Do you remember the first space-related toy you ever received?

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Ray Guns
Wed, December 7 2011

The Museum's Pearl Harbor Survivor

In American military history there are few dates more familiar than "December 7th, 1941... a date which will live in infamy..." The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on that serene Sunday morning marked America's official entry into a global war that had been raging in Europe and throughout Asia for many years. Yet after the raid had ended, the wounded treated, and the dead counted, there remained pockets of hope that all was not lost that day.

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Lt. Cmdr. Harvey Waldron, USN (ret.) with the JRS-1
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
March 8, 2012 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Case Knives Go to the Moon: The Apollo 15 Survival Knife

Talks typically last 10-15 minutes and begin at the nose of the SR-71 in the Boeing Aviation Hangar.

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James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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