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 >
The Museum of Flight Blog
Your destination for stories and insights on all things aviation and aerospace.
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 >
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 >
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 >