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Mon, January 29 2018

Photographing an Airport in Transition

Airports are transitional spaces, serving the Earth and the sky, a zone where both humans and technology are intertwined. Since 2007, Athenian-born photographer Alexandros Lambrovassilis has been photographing the transition occurring at Ellinikon International Airport, the international airport in Athens, Greece that closed in 2001.

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A view of the Ellinikon International Airport in Athens, Greece, which closed in 2001.
Sat, January 27 2018

A Closer Look at Landing Gear

Take a closer look at the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless' unique landing gear, and how it impacts the flight of the aircraft. 

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 Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless
Thu, January 18 2018

How Many Missions Did Flak-Bait Fly?

Flak-Bait, the museum’s Martin B-26 Marauder bomber, flew more combat missions than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. But how many missions did it participate in exactly?

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Martin B-26B Marauder Flak-Bait
Thu, December 21 2017

An Aviation Christmas Card Carol

‘Tis the season for holiday cards.  Many cards feature photos of families and pets dressed in festive (maybe even matching) outfits.  Aviators, on the other hand, celebrate their airplanes! The many collections in the National Air and Space Museum Archives are filled with enough cards to last well beyond the 12 days of Christmas.

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G.M. Bellanca Christmas Card
Fri, December 1 2017

Celebrating Moments of Ingenuity

This month, the Smithsonian has been highlighting moments of ingenuity—trendsetters, groundbreakers, and individuals whose work embodies the spirit of innovation. As part of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival, the National Air and Space Museum celebrated the next generation of space and aviation pioneers, and those in history who paved the way.

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Ingenuity Festival
Tue, November 28 2017

Drones Doing Dirty and Dangerous Jobs

Delivering supplies to unreachable locations, tracking endangered wildlife, performing at the Coachella music festival—some of the many, varied uses for drone technology. The innovative and creative industries emerging from commercial drones are part of the history being documented at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

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ScanEagle in Flight
Wed, November 22 2017

Native American Women Aviation Pioneers

Throughout history, aviation has been shaped by daring Native American women who were pioneers in flight and innovation. Here are a few of their groundbreaking stories, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

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"Ad Astra per Astra," depicting Mary Golda Ross.
Mon, November 6 2017

Exploring Duty and Social Class in World War I

La Grande Illusion is widely regarded as a masterpiece of French cinema and is often cited as one of the greatest films ever made. The story explores class relationships among a small group of French soldiers who are prisoners of war during World War I (WWI) and are plotting to escape. 

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The Grand Illusion Promotional Material
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

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