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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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Danger Zone

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Wed, October 7 2020

Donald Louis Piccard – Pioneer of Hot Air Ballooning

The world of sport ballooning lost one of its pioneers with the death of Don Piccard on September 14, 2020. He was involved in the renaissance of hot air ballooning and a true pioneer of the sport. All of us who wonder at the sight of a hot air balloon in the sky, are in his debt.

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Tue, September 29 2020

Chauffeur of the Skies: A. Roy Knabenshue’s Passenger Registries

A. Roy Knabenshue became interested in lighter-than-air flight after seeing a balloon ascension when he was 5 years old and would become the first person to successfully pilot a dirigible in the United States, flying Thomas S. Baldwin’s California Arrow at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

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A. Roy Knabenshue's Family in an Airship
Thu, September 24 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.6
The Long Way Home

About 82,000 American service members are listed as Missing in Action – 72,000 from World War II alone. Recent technologies like robotic submersibles, advanced sonar, and DNA matching are making it easier for recovery operations to find the downed airplanes, and identify the remains of service members.

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The Long Way Home

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Wed, September 23 2020

A Mars Rover Lands in Virginia

A new Mars rover has landed at the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Surface System Test-Bed (SSTB) is nearly identical to the MER twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity that landed on Mars in 2004. What makes the SSTB different, however, is that it was designed for use on Earth.

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The Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Tue, September 15 2020

AirSpace Presents
Voyages to Mars: Crossing Lunar Orbit

Leaving Earth on your way to Mars, the first pit stop you might make is the Moon’s orbit. In this episode, we follow three Mars-bound space travelers from Mark Wicks’ novel, To Mars via the Moon.

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Voyages to Mars: Crossing Lunar Orbit

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Mon, September 14 2020

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service: The WAVES Program in World War II

As an intern with the Aeronautics Department I had the chance to review and scan hundreds of color images from WWII. What particularly drew my attention were the images of women who served in the Navy’s reserve force, since at the time they were not allowed to serve their country through military enlistment to the same extent as men.

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WAVES aviation mechanics
Thu, September 10 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.5
Me and the Sky

If you’re a Broadway fan (or have been ANYWHERE near a theater in the last couple years), you’ve likely heard about Come From Away—the Tony-award-winning smash hit musical with a story firmly rooted in generations of aviation history. 

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Me and the Sky

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Wed, September 9 2020

Body Art During World War II: From the Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Art Collection

Step outside of the Air and Space Museum and into the Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Art Collection in San Francisco, California to explore the symbolism of tattoo body art during World War II.

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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

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