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February 15, 2018

Black History Month Pilot Profile: Major Kristofer W. Duckett

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 >

February 14, 2018

What's It Like Being a U-2 Pilot?

Imagine breathing 100% oxygen, strapping into an astronaut-like suit, and then flying 60,000 feet above the Earth for nine to ten hours. This is what... more >

February 12, 2018

Black History Month Pilot Profile: First Officer Kim Ford

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 >

February 7, 2018

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

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 >

February 6, 2018

What Makes a Great Pilot?

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 >

February 6, 2018

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

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 >


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