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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!

Failure is Not an Option: Interview with NASA Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger

June 11, 2019 / Podcast, Space, NASA, astronaut, Storytelling, Failure is not an Option, Space Shuttle

Our interview with NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, part of our series titled Failure is Not an Option, asks crowd sourced questions to reveal what life is like in space and how Dottie, as a woman astronaut, continues to inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM.

As the first installment of our “Failure Is Not An Option” summer series—an ode to people who have pushed the boundaries of space exploration, our interview with Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger includes questions that our listeners shared with us on social media and revealing answers from Dottie about astronaut bands, sw

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Your Aerospace Summer Reading List

May 28, 2019 / History, Storytelling, Summer Reading, Library

Librarians for the King County Library System share their picks for the best aviation, space, and flight-related stories to read this summer. Check out their recommendations for your aerospace summer reading list!

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The Moon Landing Musical

May 14, 2019 / Apollo, Moon, Theater, Music

The Museum is hosting its own performance of the Moon Landing musical to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and our very own Natalie Copeland explains why you need to see it.

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Air Traffic Control, Part II

April 30, 2019 / History, Storytelling, FAA, Air Traffic Control, Safety

Air traffic control has come a long way since the early days of aviation in the 1930s, and our very own Helen Parker Wall takes us back to the technologies that evolved to create the current state of safe flying.

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SoYeon Yi Part III - From Backup to Primary Astronaut

April 16, 2019 / astronaut, Korea, Soeyon Yi, First Korean Astronaut

First Korean astronaut SoYeon Yi tells that story of determination that took her from backup astronaut to primary, securing her place in aerospace history.

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Lighter Than Air

April 2, 2019 / WWI, Airships, Zeppelin

Airships are lighter than air craft whose history goes back to mid-nineteenth century France and comes to a screeching halt after 1937. Learn more about what makes air ships such a unique part of aviation history in our latest Flight Deck Podcast episode!

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The Life of Bessie Coleman, the World’s First Black Aviatrix

March 19, 2019 / Pilot, History, Storytelling, First Black Aviatrix

Bessie Coleman is the world’s first black woman pilot, and her great-niece Gigi Coleman carries on the pilot’s legacy by performing her life story. Learn more about how Bessie Coleman’s bravery and persistence helped her make aviation history.

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Saving the Green Berets

March 5, 2019 / Storytelling, Vietnam, Jerry Coy, Silver Star

The Green Berets are a special operations task force known for executing covert missions under dire circumstances, but even they need a little help sometimes. Enter Jerry Coy, USAF pilot, who ended up saving a group of them during the Vietnam War.

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Rodeo in the Sky - Early Air Traffic Control

February 19, 2019 / airlines, travel, Storytelling, ATC, FAA

Today, Air Traffic Control towers loom over airports, bringing order and safety to a huge network of airplanes crossing the globe. But what was it like to fly in the earliest days of aviation, before radios or signal towers? Retired FAA Air Traffic Controller Helen Parke-Wall shares stories from the beginnings of ATC.

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Flying the 747

February 5, 2019 / 747, City of Everett, Jerry Coy, Boeing

What was it like to fly the world’s very first jumbo jet? Pilot Jerry Coy describes his experiences flying the 747 in our latest podcast episode.

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