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Flight Deck Podcast

Listen to all of the Museum’s best aviation and aerospace stories on the Flight Deck Podcast, a podcast that makes history personal. Episodes released every other Tuesday. Enjoy!

She Opened Up the Skies

July 10, 2018 / airlines, Storytelling, First Passenger

A faceless mannequin wearing a 1920s’ style dress is posed next to our Boeing model 40B, but it’s not just there for show. The mannequin represents Jane Eads, the world’s very first transcontinental commercial airline passenger.

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The Man Behind the Hubble

June 26, 2018 / Space, Hubble, Astronomy

Back in 1977, when Bob Alexander was just a young engineer, he was chosen to work on a challenging new project: the Hubble space telescope.

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Do Airplanes Have Keys?

June 12, 2018 / airlines, travel, Storytelling

This week we talk to Kevin Gordon, first officer for Alaska Airlines, who graciously answers questions that our listeners have submitted via social media.

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Surviving the Final Frontier

May 29, 2018 / Space, NASA, astronaut, SpaceTravel

Did you know that for every month you spend in space, you lose about 2% BMI? Neither did we until we talked to Tommy Gantz, one of our volunteers and resident space experts.

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The Angel Bird

May 15, 2018 / History, Huey, Storytelling, Vietnam

Hustling in and out of a Huey helicopter is one of the most vivid memories of Platoon leader David Waggoner and crew chief Jerry Sousa: it took 10-15 seconds to load and unload the helicopter, and their journeys took them to hot zones where they were vulnerable to enemy fire. The Huey and those who flew in it were fearless, reporting to every call no matter how dangerous, and ended up transporting over 90,000 soldiers during the war. Ultimately, Waggoner and Sousa want listeners to know that Huey pilots “fought against the odds to save soldiers’ lives,” and they look forward to sharing more stories about Vietnam by giving tours in our new exhibit.

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Remembering Apollo Astronaut Richard Gordon

May 1, 2018 / NASA, Apollo, Personal Courage, Dick Gordon, Seattle

Dick Gordon passed away in November 2017, and author and volunteer Jake Schultz had the honor of recording Gordon’s oral history few months prior to learn about his experiences as an astronaut.

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Shouting at Hitler

April 17, 2018 / FlightDeck, WWII, History, Personal Courage, B-17

In this second installment of our Personal Courage series, B-17 pilot Dick Nelms takes us on one of his missions and shares how he and his comrades dealt with fear and other realities of war.

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When We Chose to Go to the Moon

April 3, 2018 / Space, NASA, John F. Kennedy, Apollo, Moon

How did a bunch of Houston high school students help President Kennedy drive the United States towards putting a man on the Moon?

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A Brief History of Legroom

March 15, 2018 / Pilot, airlines, travel

Episode 4:

Has your airplane seat felt a little tight lately? It’s not just you—it’s the evolution of legroom on passenger planes, and it’s not getting any roomier.

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Galactic Mixtape Vol. 1

March 15, 2018 / History, Space, NASA, Skylab, Pete Conrad, Mixtape

Episode 3:

What’s on the cassette tape that can be found at the end of our Apollo exhibit? We chat with exhibit developer Peder Nelson to learn more about this mysterious aerospace artifact.

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