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 >
The Museum of Flight Blog
Your destination for stories and insights on all things aviation and aerospace.
Aerospace companies like Blue Origin, SpaceX, and satellite communications ventures before them, have been paving the way for a new generation of... more >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >