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

February 7, 2018

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 >

What Makes a Great Pilot?

February 6, 2018

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 >

Debunking NASA Space Spin-off Myths

February 6, 2018

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 >

"Fly the Ball!" and Other Facts of Life on an Aircraft Carrier

February 6, 2018

Why are crew members aboard aircraft carriers always cleaning and painting? What does it mean to “fly the ball?” The lingo and daily activities aboard... more >

A Short History of the Spitfire

February 6, 2018

Why is the Supermarine Spitfire a symbol of British national pride? While its history has often been traced back to the Schneider Trophy’s sea plane... more >