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Fri, April 6 2018

The British (Aircraft) Are Coming

To celebrate the RAF’s 100th anniversary, get to know a bit about these British aircraft, their owners, and what drew their pilots to flight.

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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster
Thu, April 5 2018

"Nice Guys" Fly Charter

While the baseball season technically started last week, it doesn’t return to the nation’s capital until Thursday, April 5—the home opener for the Washington Nationals.  Most likely, the team will be returning to Washington, DC, from Atlanta on a chartered flight.

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Leo Durocher in American Airlines "Flagship Brooklyn"
Tue, March 27 2018

The Aerobatics of the Extra 260

Have you ever seen an airplane perform an inverted ribbon cut? You can “see” it at the Museum in DC (and online) in the form of Patty Wagstaff’s Extra 260 aircraft.

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Extra 260
Fri, March 9 2018

The Predator, a Drone That Transformed Military Combat

A look at the history and impact of the Predator UAV on military aerial combat.

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MQ-1L Predator A in the Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles exhibition
Tue, March 6 2018

Breaking Barriers as a Female Fighter Pilot

Pilot Heather Penney reflects on what it means to be a woman in aviation and the commitment it takes to succeed, no matter what the field.

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Pilot Heather "Lucky" Penney
Sat, February 24 2018

The Real World of Wakanda: Aviation in "Black Panther"

While the real world might be behind the curve on Wakanda’s technology, some of the planes featured in the Black Panther universe share similarities to emerging autonomous aircraft.

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The Royal Talon Fighter from the film "Black Panther"
Fri, February 16 2018

How an Early Black Pilot Soared Above Setbacks

Janet Waterford Bragg was a pioneer female African American pilot whose leadership in black pilot organizations in the 1930s paved the way for other aviators. 

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Janet Bragg
Wed, February 14 2018

Love is in the Air: Great Couples of Aerospace History

Aerospace pioneers make all kinds of new discoveries during their careers—some even find that special someone along the way.

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Willa Brown and Cornelius Coffey
Tue, January 30 2018

"America by Air" Gets Airline Boost

The Museum will have a brand new opportunity to tell the story of air transportation thanks, in part, to a gift from eight major airlines. 

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"America by Air" Entry Rendering
Tue, January 30 2018

Super Sabre’s Service in South Vietnam

In the quiet of the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia sits the U.S. Air Force F-100D “Super Sabre,” serial number 56-3440. 440 was in Vietnam from June 1965 until July 1970, but its most intense combat was seen 50 years ago, during the Tet Offensive.

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F-100Ds over South Vietnam, 1966

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