The Museum of Flight Blog

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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 >

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 >

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 >

A Short History of the B-17

April 5, 2018

The B-17 is one of history’s most significant aircraft for its role in the European and Pacific theater during World War II. It’s an iconic plane in... more >

How to Survive in Space, According to Yuri Gagarin

March 21, 2018

In the early days of space exploration, cosmonauts and engineers had to plan and prepare for the unknown dangers of space flight. But what did it... more >

You Can Trust a Plane If A Woman Is On Board: The Ellen Church Story

March 19, 2018

Commercial aviation as we know it today owes a lot to Ellen Church—America’s first stewardess and the woman who contributed to creating the very first... more >

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