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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
April 26, 2012 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Discovery: Champion of the Space Shuttle Era

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

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Discovery Launches on Final Flight STS-133
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
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
March 22, 2012 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

100 Years of Marine Corps Aviation...in ten minutes

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

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Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
April 12, 2012 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Charles A. Lindbergh and the American Consumer: The Stanley King Collection

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

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Stanley King Collection of Lindbergh Memorabilia
Fri, December 2 2011

Above Water

When the floods in Thailand appeared in the news recently, my friends and colleagues recommended that I stay away.  But how could I?  It was only a 4.5 hour flight from China (where I would be attending the Lishui International Photography Festival November 5 - 9) and photographing the Bangkok (BKK) air traffic control tower at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport was a high priority on my “to do” list.  Actually, the highest.  It is the tallest freestanding air traffic control tower in the world at 132.2 meters (434 feet) and a major tower to include in my upcoming book and Smithsonian exhibition The Art of the Airport Tower.

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BKK Air Traffic Control Tower
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
November 30, 2011 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Navaho Missile

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

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Navaho Rocket Engine at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Fri, November 25 2011

Assessing the Spin-offs of Spaceflight

Our lives are enhanced by technologies developed through the research and development supported by the necessities of spaceflight. NASA has documented since 1976 more than 1,300 technologies that have benefited U.S. citizens, improved our quality of life, and helped to advance the nation’s economic welfare. Of course, much has been made over the years of what NASA calls “spin-offs,” commercial products that had at least some of their origins as a result of spaceflight-related research. Most years the agency puts out a book describing some of the most spectacular, and they range from laser angioplasty to body imaging for medical diagnostics to imaging and data analysis technology. Spin-offs were not Tang and Teflon, neither of which was actually developed for the Apollo program.

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