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Wed, November 7 2018

After Armistice: Continuing Archival Research on World War I

Even though we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice on November 11, 2018, the effects of World War I can be felt to this day.  In the Archives, there are still so many stories left to tell.  Many of our World War I collections are now digitized (some in their entirety) and you can continue to explore these stories on your own.

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Arthur Raymond Brooks and His SPAD XIII "Smith IV"
Tue, October 30 2018

Remembering Darryl Greenamyer, Air Racing Champion

Darryl G. Greenamyer passed away on October 1, 2018. He had a legendary career in aviation as a fighter pilot and test pilot, a championship air racer and record-breaker, and warbird owner and entrepreneur.

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Championship Air Racer Darryl G. Greenamyer
Fri, October 12 2018

How Fast Was the Fastest Air Racer in 1925?

Cyrus K. Bettis was a leading US Army Air Service pilot in the 1920s that became the world’s fastest air racer in 1925. In July 2018, members of his family visited the Museum to donate artifacts and archival materials documenting his life near the airplane that he flew and the prizes that he won.

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Reed Propeller
Thu, October 11 2018

AirSpace Ep.15:
Smoke From a Distant Fire

Wildfire season is getting longer, according to the US Forest Service, making firefighting a bigger, more vital operation each year. In this episode, Emily, Matt, and Nick take a look at how the pros fight wildfires with everything from large water-carrying airtankers and helicopters to daring smokejumpers who parachute into the blaze equipped with axes, shovels, and chainsaws. 

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Smoke From a Distant Fire

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Thu, October 4 2018

Four History-Making Latinos You Should Know

Since the earliest days of flight, Hispanic men and women have shaped aviation—breaking records, exploring the farthest reaches of our world, and shaping what’s possible in the aerospace field.  

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Major Marisol A. Chalas
Mon, October 1 2018

NASA’s 60 Years in 6 Objects

On October 1, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was officially created, beginning a 60-year journey of American innovation and space exploration. While there are many (many, many!) unique NASA objects in the Air and Space collection, these six highlight milestones that shaped our nation’s quest to better understand our universe.

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Undercarriage and the Flow Direction Sensor of the North American x-15
Wed, September 26 2018

Photos from a Record-Breaking Trip Around the World

At age 30, Afghan-American pilot Shaesta Waiz became the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft. (She managed to snap a photo or two along the way.) Waiz shared some of her favorite images from her record-breaking journey.

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Shaesta Waiz in Egypt
Mon, September 24 2018

Celebrating Air and Space's #IdeasThatDefy

The National Air and Space Museum is full of ideas that defy. Ideas that defy any obstacle, ideas that defy our expectations, ideas that literally defy gravity. Follow us as we discover the remarkable, the audacious, the outrageous, the #IdeasThatDefy.

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1903 Wright Flyer First Flight, Kitty Hawk, N.C.
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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