The Museum of Flight Blog

Your destination for stories and insights on all things aviation and aerospace.

The Life and Death of Stars: An Interview

September 19, 2018

The Hubble telescope—an optical telescope released into space in 1990—has been taking photos of stars in deep space and has changed our understandings... more >

The Gooney Bird: Unsung Hero of WWII

August 29, 2018

It’s said that when General Dwight D. Eisenhower was asked to name the weapons that led to the Allied victory in WWII, he didn’t mention bombers or... more >

Dispelling Myths About Alaskan Bush Pilots

August 13, 2018

Romantic images of the Alaskan wild are inextricably tied to daredevil bush pilots known for flying tiny planes and executing reckless landings on sand... more >

The F-14 Tomcat and the Pilots Who Flew It

August 7, 2018

Unique in the annals of aviation history, the carrier-based Grumman F-14 Tomcat flew with the U.S. Navy from 1974 to 2006, and it is still used by... more >

Stories from a Career B-52 Pilot

July 16, 2018

Major Paul Grubbs wasn’t always a fixed wing aficionado; he actually flew helicopters for many years before the opportunity to pilot a fixed wing fell... more >

10 Blue Angels Fun Facts

July 13, 2018

Our favorite time of year here at the Museum is early August, when the Blue Angels come to visit. But before they land at Boeing Field, we want to help... more >

Secrets of the Space Shuttle Toilet

June 28, 2018

Traveling to space is serious business, and astronauts still have to do their business while they’re miles above the Earth. When astronauts aboard the... more >

Stories from an HC-130 Pilot

May 22, 2018

The Lockheed C-130 (and its variant, the KC-130, pictured above) is an amazing craft that takes a brave and adaptable crew to pilot and maintain it.... more >

Who Killed the Red Baron, and Other Tales of the Sopwith Camel

April 30, 2018

The Sopwith Camel represents a major leap forward in early aviation technology, from stable observation-based aircraft to the more flexible, agile... more >

A Short History of the Tuskegee Airmen

April 11, 2018

When the Tuskegee Airmen were first established, Jim Crow laws and racist military policies prevented black men and women from serving in positions... more >

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