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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!

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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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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An Interview with a WASP

October 2, 2018 / Pilot, WWII, Personal Courage, Storytelling, WASP

96-year-old Betty Dybbro was fortunate enough to spend one year as a WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilot) during World War Two, and in order to tell her story, we enlisted Katherine K. and Nithi B., two members of Amelia’s Aero Club who participate in aviation and aerospace activities at the Museum.

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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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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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