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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
Thu, August 27 2020

The Cactus Air Force’s Forgotten Spine: The Royal New Zealand Air Force at Guadalcanal

Often overlooked in the histories of the battle is the Cactus Air Forces’ forgotten spine, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) that fought a desperate battle over the skies of the Solomon Islands.

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Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks
Wed, August 26 2020

A Special Delivery for the Doolittle Raiders

On April 2, 1942, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet was part of a secret plan to strike back at Japan. With no room for aditional airplanes to land on the flight deck filled with B-25 Mitchell bombers, the US Navy turned to the Navy blimp L-8 for a specialy delivery.

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US Navy blimp L-8  delivery
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
Wed, August 19 2020

A “Wonder Weapon” Against Japan? The American V-1

The V-1 cruise missile was not the war-changing weapon Nazi leaders hoped it would be but the American military set out to copy it for use against Japan prior to an invasion.

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Loon Missile
Thu, August 13 2020

Building the U.S. Air Force: The Legacy of World War II Aces

Curator of U.S. Air Force History Mike Hankins looks at the post-World War II careers of three Air Force aces.

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James and Olds
Mon, July 27 2020

Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai GEORGE

Curator Russ Lee discusses the lesser-known Japanese fighter aircraft Shiden Kai.

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Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden Kai GEORGE

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Shiden Kai Cockpit
Mon, June 3 2019

D-Day and the Douglas C-47

In the early morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of soldiers, sailors, and airmen readied themselves for D-Day of Operation Overlord. For several divisions of American and British soldiers, the invasion had actually begun the night before on board Douglas C-47s.

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Paratroopers Board C-47 for D-Day Invasion
Tue, April 16 2019

The 100th Anniversary of the First Transatlantic Flight: Transcribe the Albert Read NC-4 Collection

In May 1919, the U.S. Navy sponsored three Curtiss flying boats—the NC-1, NC-3, and NC-4—each with a crew of six, in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Lt. Commander Albert C. Read commanded the NC-4, the only aircraft to succeed in its mission.  As we prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NC-4’s historic transatlantic flight, the materials in Read’s collection are available to transcribe in the Smithsonian’s Transcription Center. 

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Curtiss NC-1, NC-3, NC-4, Leaving Rockaway, Long Island
Thu, April 11 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.3
Hail to the Chief

On this episode of AirSpace we’re talking about the most exclusive form of public transportation – presidential flight. 

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.3
Hail to the Chief

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