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Thu, November 2 2017

The Unknown History of the Curtiss P-40E Lope's Hope

How a single e-mail helped uncover the previously unknown history of the Museum's Curtiss P-40E Lope’s Hope.

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Flight Lieutenant Robert W. Lynch, Royal Canadian Air Force Squadron 111F
Fri, October 27 2017

Record-Breaking Rocket Sled Created Modern Safety Standards

On a clear December day in 1954, Colonel John Stapp strapped in for a ride on the Sonic Wind No. 1, a rocket sled, breaking speed records and researching safety standards in the process. The story of Stapp's rocket sled will be part of the upcoming Nation of Speed exhibition.

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Rocket Sled, Sonic Wind I
Thu, October 26 2017

Humanitarian Aviation Reaching Communities in Need

When many people think about aviation, a few things come to mind: the military, commercial airline flights, or shipping cargo. What they don’t often think of is a literal surgery room with wings—one of the stories featured in the new Thomas W. Haas We All Fly exhibition as part of the reimagining of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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We All Fly
Tue, October 17 2017

On Board a "Floating City" at Sea

What began as a simple phone call between our STEM in 30 team and the United States Navy ended with us being catapulted off the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, going 0 to 165 mph in three seconds. How did we end up there?

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The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier.
Mon, October 16 2017

Bringing WWI Air Battles to the Big Screen

The Blue Max (based on the 1964 critically acclaimed novel of the same title by Jack D. Hunter) brings a new complexity to the flying ace protagonist.

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Bringing WWI Air Battles to the Big Screen
Fri, October 13 2017

How a "Flying Pickup Truck" Survived Pearl Harbor

The historic importance of the Sikorsky JRS-1—a weathered blue-gray airplane now on display at our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia—is not because of the type of airplane it is. Its importance lies in one of the places the JRS-1 has been and survived: Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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Sikorsky JRS-1
Fri, October 6 2017

Afghan Refugee Inspires With Solo Flight Around the World

On October 4, 2017, Shaesta Waiz became the youngest woman to fly solo around the globe in a single-engine plane. Before completing her historic flight, the Afghan refugee visited the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to share her story and what helped her succeed. 

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Shaesta Waiz in front of her Dreams Soar airplane.
Thu, October 5 2017

Blade Runner’s Spinners: The Shape of Things to Come?

The “Spinners” flying cars from Ridley Scott's 1982 darkly dystopian Blade Runner film reappear in the sequel, Blade Runner 2049. But are there any hopes for flying cars that can operate from rooftops by 2049?

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The Blade Runner “Spinner” flying car movie prop.
Fri, September 29 2017

Rum Runners to Cocaine Cowboys: Barry Seal and the Legacy of Aerial Smuggling

The use of aircraft in smuggling was not simply a niche application, but a booming business through Prohibition and beyond, and one of the first drivers of aerial regulations.

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Aeromarine Cordeaux
Fri, September 22 2017

Dreams Soar: Inspiring Women in Aviation

Aviator Shaesta Waiz and her Dreams Soars, Inc, "Dream Team" promoted STEM education to girls from DC Metro Public Schools at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

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Pilot Shaesta Waiz, of Dreams Soar Inc., speaking to public school students at the National Air and Space Museum.

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