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Mon, September 14 2020

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service: The WAVES Program in World War II

As an intern with the Aeronautics Department I had the chance to review and scan hundreds of color images from WWII. What particularly drew my attention were the images of women who served in the Navy’s reserve force, since at the time they were not allowed to serve their country through military enlistment to the same extent as men.

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WAVES aviation mechanics
Thu, September 10 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.5
Me and the Sky

If you’re a Broadway fan (or have been ANYWHERE near a theater in the last couple years), you’ve likely heard about Come From Away—the Tony-award-winning smash hit musical with a story firmly rooted in generations of aviation history. 

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Me and the Sky

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast 2020
Thu, September 3 2020

Latin America in the Air War

With the 75th anniversary of World War II commemorations nearing their end, it is worth reflecting on those participants whose stories are not always well told.

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Mexican P-47 Thunderbolts over Luzon
Wed, September 2 2020

Celebrating the End of the War

Aboard the battleship USS Missouri, representatives from the Empire of Japan met with those of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Soviet Union, China, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand to sign the document that formally ended World War II.

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WW II surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri
Mon, August 24 2020

World War II in Color, Part II

For the Museum’s aviation perspective on the war, we are looking at the nation’s participation in the air war through three lenses – aircrew, ground crew, and the war workers that built the aircraft.

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Mechanics at Tuskegee Army Air Field
Thu, August 20 2020

World War II in Color

World War II is one of the best documented conflicts in history. Millions of photos and miles of motion picture film stock provide a rich visual documentation of the conflict in both its brutal violence and celebration of martial purpose.

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English women watching Air Force maintenance crew
Tue, August 18 2020

Women's Suffrage Stories in the Archives

On August 18, 2020, the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which declared that the right to vote "shall not be denied...on account of sex." Several collections in the National Air and Space Museum Archives provide short stories along the long path of the women’s suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment.

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Page from Ruth Law Scrapbook - Votes for Women Ribbon
Mon, August 17 2020

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver: The “Big-Tailed Beast”

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver could have been the U.S. Navy’s frontline carrier-based dive bomber for much of World War II, but problems with its development delayed its introduction and saddled it with a bad reputation.

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HGC-757
Wed, August 5 2020

75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

On August 6, 1945, the crew of a modified Boeing B-29 Superfortress named Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, called “Little Boy,” on the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

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75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

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Enola Gay  at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Tue, August 4 2020

Delivery by Drone with Wing

As we collect the delivery drone used by Wing for the first commercial drone delivery to a U.S. home, we talk to Wing CTO Adam Woodworth about his work at Wing, his passion for aviation, and how it feels to have a project he worked on join the Smithsonian collection.

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Wing delivery drone No. A1229

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