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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Black History Month Pilot Profile: Major Kristofer W. Duckett

February 15, 2018

Major Duckett’s dreams of flight began when he first saw a poster of an F-16 as a little boy growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana. At that moment, he... more >

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