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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!

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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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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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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Jimmy Stewart

January 8, 2019 / Fighter Aces, WWII, History, Storytelling, Collections

What do you get when a WWII American Fighter Ace has the same name as a Hollywood icon and doesn’t get rid of anything? The Lt. Col. James C Stewart Collection!

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When Pearl Harbor Was Attacked

December 11, 2018 / Podcast, Pilot, WWII, History

Please Note: During his retelling, American fighter ace Besby F. Holmes uses an ethnic slur to describe his attackers. This oral history is presented unedited as a historical artifact of one veteran's experience.  

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Preserving the Future History of Space

August 21, 2018 / History, NASA, Blue Origin, SpaceX

As SpaceX and Blue Origin continue to make history by building rockets that will take future space vacationers to the Moon or Mars, the Museum is thinking about how to preserve the history of these private companies. Back in the 1960’s and up until now, it was easy for historians to access public records at NASA that documented the space race; and that’s not the case now. According to our Adjunct Curator for Space History, Geoff Nunn, “corporate archives are becoming ever more important, but private records don’t automatically make their way through the public record trail like NASA documents did.” Geoff and other space historians now have to ask themselves, “How do you archive a Slack thread?” and “What happens when YouTube goes under and we no longer have videos of launches?”

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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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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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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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WASPs

March 15, 2018 / Pilot, WWII, History, Women

Episode 2:

The Women Airforce Pilots did not let anyone stand in their way of serving their country during WWII.

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