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Mon, August 17 2020

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver: The “Big-Tailed Beast”

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver could have been the U.S. Navy’s frontline carrier-based dive bomber for much of World War II, but problems with its development delayed its introduction and saddled it with a bad reputation.

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HGC-757
Fri, August 14 2020

Beneath the Surface: Audrey Flack’s Photorealism

Viewing the painting Spitfire, 1973, by photorealist painter Audrey Flack is like looking at a plane spotting puzzle.

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Audrey Flack - Spitfire (1973)
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
Thu, August 13 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.3
Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

We’ve talked about planetary protection on the pod before, but it’s never felt closer to home than now, so we’re digging a little deeper into what it takes to keep our planet safe from space germs and keep space safe from Earth germs.

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AirSpace Season 3|Ep.3
Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast 2020
Wed, August 12 2020

Defending the Superbomber: The B-29’s Central Fire Control System

Aeronautics curator Christophere Moore explores one important advancement on the B-29 Superfortress: its central fire control system.

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B-29 Upper Gunner
Tue, August 11 2020

Japanese Wonder Weapons

Aeronautics curator Bob van der Linden discusses the last-minute "wonder weapons" planned by Japan in the final days of World War II.

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Kugisho MXY7 Ohka (Cherry Blossom) 22
Wed, August 5 2020

75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

On August 6, 1945, the crew of a modified Boeing B-29 Superfortress named Enola Gay dropped the first atomic bomb used in warfare, called “Little Boy,” on the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

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75 Years Ago: The Flight of the Enola Gay

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Enola Gay  at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Tue, August 4 2020

Delivery by Drone with Wing

As we collect the delivery drone used by Wing for the first commercial drone delivery to a U.S. home, we talk to Wing CTO Adam Woodworth about his work at Wing, his passion for aviation, and how it feels to have a project he worked on join the Smithsonian collection.

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Wing delivery drone No. A1229
Thu, July 30 2020

Felice Figus, Regia Aeronautica Pilot

Curator Alex Spencer tells the story of Felice Figus.

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Felice Figus During World War II
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

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