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Tue, September 1 2009

Contest Winners, and I, Enjoy a Real Night at the Museum

Recently I was involved in a “first” in my career here at the National Air and Space Museum – a sleepover! About six winners (and their families) in the Post Cereal Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian contest spent the night in the National Mall building on Friday, August 7. The lucky slumber-partygoers had competed in an online sweepstakes that was promoted on Post cereal boxes.

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Mon, August 10 2009

The Day I Met a Communist Defector

When you are visiting the Udvar-Hazy Center, you will come across a display case that holds the flightsuit of a former MiG pilot named Frank Jarecki. 

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Lt. Franciszek Jarecki flight suit at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Tue, August 4 2009

Q. and A. in the Archives Division

It was about twenty years ago, but no one in the Museum’s Archives Division can now remember who first asked us the immortal question - what‘s the wingspan of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning?

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Q. and A. in the Archives Division
Fri, July 31 2009

Missing Something?

Most of us have a "junk drawer" that contains, among other oddments, stray keys.  Restoration specialists working on the Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago" recently found two such strays in the aircraft.

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Items Found Inside Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago"
Wed, July 29 2009

The Veteran Behind the Airplane

The docents at the Udvar-Hazy Center enjoyed meeting a special visitor on May 16, 2009. His name is Jim Henry, a WWII naval aviator. Henry was one of the pilots that flew the F4U-1D Corsair that is on display at the Center.

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Veteran F4-U Corsair Pilot Jim Henry and Museum Docent Bruce Cranford
Sat, July 25 2009

Blériot's Cross-Channel Flight

Louis Blériot sitting in his Bleriot XI at the...

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Thu, July 23 2009

The World’s First Military Airplane

This summer, the world is marking the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest milestones in aerospace history, and one of the most remarkable of all human achievements—the first Moon landing by Apollo 11.  But the summer of 2009 also marks another meaningful event in aerospace history.  It is the centennial of military aviation. 

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Wright 1909 Military Flyer
Wed, July 22 2009

One Way Museum Visitors Help Develop Exhibitions

Last week we began evaluating the first of four new computer interactives that will go into the upcoming “Moving Beyond Earth” exhibition.

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One Way Museum Visitors Help Develop Exhibitions

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