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Tue, December 8 2020

Remembering Chuck Yeager, a Pilot with the Right Stuff

The greatest pilot of the Greatest Generation has passed. Seventy-nine years to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, famed test pilot, World War II ace, and the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager, died at the age of 97.

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Charles "Chuck" Yeager with Bell X-1
Thu, October 8 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.7
Danger Zone

There have been great movies about military aviation for almost as long as there have been movies and airplanes—seriously, the very first Best Picture Oscar went to a WWI aero-epic called Wings (and if you ever win bar trivia with that, buy us a drink). Eventually, the US military realized that high adventure onscreen could boost their recruiting efforts, and began to officially cooperate with films featuring flying service members. In this episode, we’ll look at two movies staring iconic aviators—Top Gun and Captain Marvel—and discuss how the military leans into their role as supporting players on the silver screen.

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AirSpace Season 3|Ep.7
Danger Zone

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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

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