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Wed, March 27 2019

Going Subsonic: Moving the T-38 Talon

Pioneering female pilot Jackie Cochran set eight world speed, altitude, and distance records in our Northrop T-38 Talon. In this blog, we talk to a member of our collections team about the process of moving the aircraft's fuselage from Maryland to Virginia in December 2018.

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Tue, March 26 2019

Women Who Defy

National Air and Space Museum director reflects on the trailblazing women in aviation and space that inspire her.

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Mon, February 25 2019

Inside the Cockpit of Amelia Earhart's Vega

Introduced in 1927, the Vega was the first product of designer Jack Northrop and Allan Loughead's Lockheed Aircraft Company. Sturdy, roomy, streamlined and fast, the innovative Vega became favored by pilots seeking to set speed and distance records. 

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Fri, December 28 2018

Remembering Nancy Grace Roman, "Mother of Hubble"

As the first Chief of Astronomy at NASA, Nancy Grace Roman opened the skies to humanity in new ways without ever leaving the ground.

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Remembering Nancy Grace Roman, "Mother of Hubble"

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Wed, September 26 2018

Photos from a Record-Breaking Trip Around the World

At age 30, Afghan-American pilot Shaesta Waiz became the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft. (She managed to snap a photo or two along the way.) Waiz shared some of her favorite images from her record-breaking journey.

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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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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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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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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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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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