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Fri, April 13 2018

Women Breaking Barriers in the Royal Air Force

Two women of the Royal Air Force share their experiences in the military. 

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Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Sarah Cole
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
Mon, November 13 2017

Benjamin O. Davis’s Thanksgiving Turkey in Taipei

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many members of the United States military are stationed overseas, far from home.  In November 1956, Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. and his wife Agatha sat down to a Thanksgiving turkey in Taipei, Taiwan, provided by an unusual source—the Vice President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

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Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. and Wife, Agatha, at Taipei Air Force Officers’ Wives Club Event
Wed, August 16 2017

World War I Through the Eyes of Paul Stockton

While the National Air and Space Museum Archives collections feature many WWI materials, the Paul R. Stockton Scrapbook is available to view online in its entirety in slideshow mode.  Stockton documented his experiences from training at Mineola, New York, and the Third Aviation Instruction Center, Issoudun, France, to life at the front in France, to the post-war occupation of Germany.

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Paul R. Stockton FAI Pilot's License
Fri, August 4 2017

The Tomahawk and U.S. Cruise Missile Technology

For the past 30 years, the Tomahawk hung from the ceiling just a few dozen feet from the German V-1 flying bomb, or “buzz bomb,” that saw action in Europe during World War II. The V-1 and the Tomahawk, variants of which are still in service in the Navy, frame an important episode in the history of missile development in the United States. The recent deinstallation of the Tomahawk provides an opportunity to recount some of the highlights of this fascinating story of technological evolution.

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 Launching a Regulus I
Mon, June 5 2017

A Brief History of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems

Last week a United States’ “hit-to-kill vehicle” intercepted and destroyed a mock intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time during a test. Until fifteen years ago, however, anti-ballistic missiles (ABMs) like the one just tested were banned under the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty signed by the United States and Soviet Union in 1972.   

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Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle Model
Fri, November 11 2016

Stories of Service

Today is Veterans Day, a day in which we honor our veterans, past and present, for their service and sacrifice. One aspect of the Museum’s mission is to commemorate the past. Today, especially, we are doing that by telling the stories of our veterans. We have created a space—Stories of Service—where you can share your experiences as a veteran, or on behalf of the veteran in your life

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Volunteer Richard L. World War I
Fri, October 14 2016

Tuna Fishing to Tactical Observation: ScanEagle UAS

The Museum recently added the Insitu ScanEagle X200 unmanned aircraft system (UAS), or drone, to its collection. This ScanEagle, currently on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, served in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) demonstrations from 2013 to 2015 to integrate UAS into the U.S. National Airspace System. It performed ice floe monitoring missions in northern Alaska and beyond visual line of sight validation flights, including railroad track inspection in New Mexico. ScanEagle was the first drone to receive an FAA restricted category type certificate.

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ScanEagle in Flight
Wed, August 3 2016

Peace Through Strength: Two Cold War Weapons

This fall is the 30th anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit, a landmark meeting held in Iceland's capital between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

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Reykjavik Summit
Tue, August 2 2016

On This Day: The First U.S. Military Airplane

On this day in 1909, the United States government purchased its first military aircraft, designed by the Wright brothers and costing $30,000.

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1909 Wright Military Flyer

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