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February 15, 2018

Black History Month Pilot Profile: Major Kristofer W. Duckett

Major Duckett’s dreams of flight began when he first saw a poster of an F-16 as a little boy growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana. At that moment, he... more >

February 14, 2018

What's It Like Being a U-2 Pilot?

Imagine breathing 100% oxygen, strapping into an astronaut-like suit, and then flying 60,000 feet above the Earth for nine to ten hours. This is what... more >

February 12, 2018

Black History Month Pilot Profile: First Officer Kim Ford

As a black woman and professional pilot, Kim Ford exemplifies what happens when young people of color pursue their dreams of flight. Ford’s high-flying... more >

February 7, 2018

What You Should Know About Space Law

Aerospace companies like Blue Origin, SpaceX, and satellite communications ventures before them, have been paving the way for a new generation of... more >

February 7, 2018

What Makes an Aircraft 'Stealth'?

So you want to build a spy plane? We don’t blame you. Some of the most exciting and memorable design in aircraft history can be seen in spy planes. The... more >

February 7, 2018

Think You Know Pilots?

When you hear the word “pilot,” what image comes to mind? There’s a good chance you imagine someone flying a large commercial jet for a regional,... more >

February 7, 2018

5 Engines That Made Aviation History

From the rotary engines of the early 20th century, to the advanced jet engines of today, the course of aviation history has been marked by numerous... more >

February 7, 2018

The B-52 in Vietnam: Notes from A Pilot's Experience

What was it like to fly one of the most recognizable high-altitude bombers during the Vietnam War? One of our docents, Dave Wellman, flew B-52s during... more >

February 6, 2018

What Makes a Great Pilot?

Confidence. Focus. Courage.

These are just a few words that are often used to describe pilots, but they only scratch the surface of the many traits... more >

February 6, 2018

Debunking NASA Space Spin-off Myths

NASA is known for historic technological achievements, so it’s no surprise that some believe the agency invented some of the items made famous in its... more >

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