The Museum of Flight Blog

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Secrets of the Blackbird Spy Plane

March 19, 2018

The Blackbird spy plane is one of the most recognizable aircraft in aviation history, but do you know some of the more fascinating stories behind the... more >

A Brief History of WASPs

March 8, 2018

“We are in a war and need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be... more >

What Makes an Aircraft 'Stealth'?

February 7, 2018

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 >

5 Engines That Made Aviation History

February 7, 2018

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 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 >