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Mon, December 7 2020

A Blue Angel Makes Its Final Flight Into The National Collection

On November 18, 2020, Cmdr. Frank “Walleye” Weisser, USN, a member of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team, flew into Dulles International Airport to deliver a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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The F/A-18C Hornet
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
Wed, July 8 2020

K-Ships vs. U-Boats

Historian Thomas Paone explores the important role played by K-ships in hunting German U-Boats during World War II.

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K-Ship
Mon, May 4 2020

The Naval Aviation You’ve Never Heard Of

Naval aviation curator Laurence Burke explores a lesser known type of naval aviation — spotter planes, a role mainly filled by Vought OS2U Kingfishers.

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Kingfisher on USS Missouri
Mon, April 4 2016

Put Me In, Coach!

It’s April and baseball is back!!!

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NAC Softball Team Portrait
Tue, April 28 2015

Apollo Soucek’s High Altitude Flying Helmet

What did Alaskan Natives contribute to the realm of high altitude flying? Their knowledge of the physics of warmth.

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Lt. Apollo Soucek Helmet
Thu, January 5 2012

Hollywood’s Representation of Naval Aviation: Frank W. “Spig” Wead and John Ford’s "The Wings of Eagles" (1957)

During the recently completed centennial of naval aviation (2011), there were many and varied tributes to the factual history of naval aviation. Nevertheless, we cannot forget that public perception of the armed forces is also a strong historical consideration.

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John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
Thu, December 8 2011

December 7, 1941 and the First Around-the-World Commercial Flight

Stranded. Six days from its home port of San Francisco, a luxurious Boeing 314 flying boat, the Pacific Clipper, was preparing to alight in Auckland, New Zealand, as part of the airline’s transpacific service when the crew of ten learned of the Japanese attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941.

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Pan Am Boeing 314
Wed, December 7 2011

The Museum's Pearl Harbor Survivor

In American military history there are few dates more familiar than "December 7th, 1941... a date which will live in infamy..." The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on that serene Sunday morning marked America's official entry into a global war that had been raging in Europe and throughout Asia for many years. Yet after the raid had ended, the wounded treated, and the dead counted, there remained pockets of hope that all was not lost that day.

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Lt. Cmdr. Harvey Waldron, USN (ret.) with the JRS-1
Thu, July 21 2011

General William “Billy” Mitchell and the Sinking of the Ostfriesland: A Consideration

July 21, 2011, marks the ninetieth anniversary of the sinking of the captured German battleship Ostfriesland by the First Provisional Air Brigade of the U.S. Army Air Service. This unit was commanded by Brig. General William “Billy” Mitchell, one of the most controversial figures in the history of air power in the United States.

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