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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 >

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

February 14, 2018

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 >

Black History Month Pilot Profile: First Officer Kim Ford

February 12, 2018

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 >

What You Should Know About Space Law

February 7, 2018

Aerospace companies like Blue Origin, SpaceX, and satellite communications ventures before them, have been paving the way for a new generation of... 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 >

Think You Know Pilots?

February 7, 2018

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 >

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 >

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

February 7, 2018

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 >

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 >

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