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Fri, June 28 2019

"Passenger Number One" on Pan American's First Transatlantic Flight

In 2019, we commemorate several transatlantic firsts, including the 100th anniversaries of the first transatlantic flight by the Navy NC-4 in May and the first nonstop transatlantic flight by John Alcock and Arthur Brown. June 28 marks the 80th anniversary of the inaugural Pan American Airways transatlantic passenger flight in 1939. For William John Eck, it was a voyage for which he had waited eight long years. Finally, he was “Passenger Number One”!

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Thu, June 27 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.8
Walking on the Moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, AirSpace examines what we knew then, what we know now, and what mysteries of lunar science still remain.

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Wed, June 26 2019

Garber's Thirteen Famous Aircraft

We explore Smithsonian aeronautics historian Paul Garber's list of thirteen most important aircraft of all time, circa the 1950s.

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Thu, June 13 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.7
Rock on the Moon

What music would you take along on a quarter-million mile road trip?

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Rock on the Moon

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Thu, June 6 2019

Flak-Bait's D-Day Missions

We explore the D-Day missions of the Museum's Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder Flak-Bait.

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Wed, June 5 2019

The Technology Behind D-Day's Moonlit Airborne Ops

The D-Day invasion relied on paratroop and glider landings the day before -- in moonlit darkness. In this blog, we explore the key technologies used to locate drop zones and landing zones under cover of darkness.

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Tue, June 4 2019

Protecting the Beaches with Balloons: D-Day and the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion

The 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, the only unit that stormed the beach at Normandy on June 6, 1944, that was comprised entirely of African American soldiers, played a vital role in protecting the ships and soldiers during the D-Day invasion.

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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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Sun, June 2 2019

D-Day: Aerial Photography in Action

D-Day was the boldest, riskiest and most anticipated operation of the entire World War II European Theater. To succeed in the Allied invasion of France, Allied commanders needed detailed information about prospective French coastal landing sites and surrounding areas. That's where aerial photography comes in.

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Fri, May 31 2019

Preserving Flak-Bait: Saving Doped Fabric

The Martin B-26B Marauder Flak-Bait, an iconic artifact of World War II is undergoing artifact treatment in the Museum’s Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar. In this first in a series of blogs about the conservation of the aircraft, we explore the preservation of the doped fabric on the rudder.

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