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Tue, September 18 2018

Flying Firsts: The USAF's First Female Fighter Pilot

Jeannie M. Leavitt became the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot in 1993.

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Jeannie Leavitt, First USAF Female Fighter Pilot
Mon, August 27 2018

"Women of NASA" LEGO Prototype Joins Collection

The prototype for the popular Women of NASA LEGO® set joined the Museum’s collection last week, helping tell the story of how Americans are inspired by groundbreakers in aerospace.

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Original Prototypes of the  LEGO® Ideas "Women of NASA" Set
Fri, August 17 2018

She Can STEM Camp Takes Off 

The Museum’s She Can STEM summer camp is aimed at introducing aviation to 60 underrepresented middle school girls in the DC metro area.

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She Can STEM Camp Takes Off 

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She Can STEM Camp Discovery Flight
Fri, August 10 2018

Explore Newly Digitized Photos of WWII Women Pilots

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the WASP founding in August 1943, we are excited to bring you some original, newly digitized images from the National Archives. 

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WAFs with North American P-51
Sun, August 5 2018

Women with Wings: The 75-Year-Legacy of the WASP

Seventy-five years ago, on August 5, 1943, a remarkable group of women stepped into roles as part of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Their story is one of courage, and their legacy is crucial to understanding the role of women as aviators within the United States Military.

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The WASP
Thu, July 19 2018

Katherine Stinson: Stunt Flier, Record Setter

Pilot Katherine Stinson flipped the conventions of her era on their head--literally and figuratively--when she became the first female pilot to fly the loop on July 18, 1915.

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Katherine Stinson
Wed, June 27 2018

Helen James' Fight for Equality in the Military

A new National Air and Space Museum Archives collection documents the story of Helen James, a member of the United States Air Force who was arrested and discharged as part of a campaign to remove LGBTQ people from government employment in the 1950s.

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Helen G. James Inside a Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Mon, June 18 2018

Women in Aerospace By the Numbers

On the 35th anniversary of Sally Ride's historic trip to space, a look at other groundbreaking women in aerospace.

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Female Astronauts Float in Space
Fri, June 15 2018

Bessie Coleman: Barnstorming Through Barriers

While Bessie Coleman never realized her dream of opening a flight school for African American pilots, her legacy as the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license has impacted and inspired flight students for decades.

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Bessie Coleman
Sat, May 26 2018

Looking Closer at Sally Ride’s Flight Jacket

How the patches on Sally Ride’s flight jacket help tell her groundbreaking story of spaceflight.

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Dr. Sally Ride During Deorbit Preparations

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