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Tue, September 18 2018

Flying Firsts: The USAF's First Female Fighter Pilot

Jeannie M. Leavitt became the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot in 1993.

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Jeannie Leavitt, First USAF Female Fighter Pilot
Thu, August 23 2018

AirSpace Ep.12:
Around the World/Around the World

The international community has contributed more to the exploration of space and our understanding of the universe than you might think. From India to Israel, lots of countries are sending missions to Mars, landing on comets, and observing Earth from orbit.

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Around the World/Around the World

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Fri, August 17 2018

She Can STEM Camp Takes Off 

The Museum’s She Can STEM summer camp is aimed at introducing aviation to 60 underrepresented middle school girls in the DC metro area.

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She Can STEM Camp Discovery Flight
Tue, August 14 2018

Amazon Drone Comes to Air and Space

The story of this emerging technology will be a cornerstone of our new Thomas W. Haas We All Fly gallery, a new exhibition that is part of the ongoing reimagining of the Museum. We are excited to feature an example of Amazon’s work in the autonomous aerial delivery field—the Amazon Prime Air Hybrid Drone.

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Amazon Hybrid Delivery Drone
Fri, August 10 2018

Explore Newly Digitized Photos of WWII Women Pilots

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the WASP founding in August 1943, we are excited to bring you some original, newly digitized images from the National Archives. 

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WAFs with North American P-51
Wed, August 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.11:
The Ninety-Nines

It took a certain amount of pure grit to be a pilot in the early days of aviation – and even more for the women who had to defy convention just to get up in the air.

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The Ninety-Nines

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Sun, August 5 2018

Women with Wings: The 75-Year-Legacy of the WASP

Seventy-five years ago, on August 5, 1943, a remarkable group of women stepped into roles as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Their story is one of courage, and their legacy is crucial to understanding the role of women as aviators within the United States Military.

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The WASP
Sat, July 28 2018

Bird’s Eye Viewfinder: 160 Years of Aerial Photography

In 1858, French photographer Gaspar Félix Tournachon took a photo of a village from his hot air balloon--the first aerial photograph. Since then, aerial photography has changed how we see the world around us. 

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Julius Neubronner's “Pigeon Camera.”
Fri, July 27 2018

High Adrenaline, High Altitude: HALO Jumps

Featured in the new film Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the HALO jump is a real—and dangerous—military maneuver that’s been used by special forces teams for decades.

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Tom Cruise Filming a HALO Jump
Thu, July 26 2018

Showcasing Aerobatic Aviation

For the past eight years, aerobatic aviator Sean D. Tucker has performed daring tricksin his Oracle Challenger III. Now, it’ll become part of the National Air and Space Museum collection.

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Oracle Challenger III

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