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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. We hope you enjoy it!!

Oldest

August 4, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Storytelling, Exhibits, aerospace

Wrapping up the Collections miniseries, today we’re looking at the oldest artifact in our archives. To find it, we need to go back behind-the-scenes, into the Rare Book Room of the Museum’s Harl V. Brackin library to find an object that predates the US Constitution.

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Youngest

June 30, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, NASA, Storytelling, Blue Origin, Exhibits, aerospace

Located in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery, an exhibit space dedicated to modern space exploration, you’ll find the youngest artifact in our collection: An American flag flown to space on the historic Blue Origin New Shepard NS-3 Launch. In today’s episode of the Flight Deck, we’ll take a look at the flag and it’s story, and also learn why stories are at the heart of any museum…and how the stories told in museums have changed over time.

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Riding Rockets

June 2, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, NASA, Storytelling, Exhibits, aerospace, rockets

As we continue to prepare for the Museum’s re-opening, and as we simultaneously ramp-up our digital education offerings for students, our podcast team is sad to announce a delay in our “Collections” miniseries, but thrilled to share this interview with retired NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane instead.

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Biggest

May 5, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Storytelling, Boeing, Exhibits, aviation, artifact

Host Sean Mobley brings the second part of this behind-the-scenes mini-series featuring the “extremes” of the Museum of Flight’s collection. Following on to our previous episode, where we blasted off to the moon with our smallest artifact (listen here https://blog.museumofflight.org/flightdeck/smallest-artifact) today we’re staying very close to home on our Museum of Flight campus to look at our Biggest artifact, something so big that moving it took boats, barges, and cranes!

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Smallest

April 7, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, History, Space, Apollo, Storytelling, elephant, aerospace

Host Sean Mobley brings us part one of an all-new mini-series featuring The Museum of Flight’s most extreme artifacts. In this series you will uncover the smallest, largest, oldest and youngest objects in our collection. Join us for a journey of wonderment and surprise as we discuss some of our most unique artifacts!

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Hidden

March 24, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, WWII, History, Engineering, Storytelling

This week we are honored to speak with Museum of Flight docent and Holocaust survivor, Pete Metzelaar. Listen as he describes his first-hand account of the devastating sound of war planes flying over Holland during World War II, and his journey to freedom.

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Paperclip Family

March 10, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, WWII, History, Engineering, Storytelling

This week’s episode of the Flight Deck Podcast is the first in a series associated with the Museum wide initiative to feature untold stories in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Today you will hear from Museum docent Reiner Decher who was a young boy in Germany during WWII. Reiner recalls the end of the war through the eyes of a child, escaping Germany with his family through Operation Paperclip. 

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A Woman in a Combat Zone

February 25, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, Pilot, History, Storytelling

We dive into part two of our interview with Museum docent and Air Force Colonel Peggy Phillips. Peggy remembers her time in the military flying C-141 cargo airplanes, eventually transitioning to C-17 aircraft in 2001 where she became the first female C-17 squadron commander. As noted previously, she was also one of the first women to receive her wings in the Air Force. Peggy was later promoted to a tanker airlift control center, an operation center which controls heavy airlift around the world until she retired in 2010.

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Peggy Phillips and the WASPs

February 11, 2020 / Podcast, FlightDeck, Pilot, History, Storytelling

Peggy Phillips, a docent here at The Museum of Flight is a retired United States Air Force Colonel with over 5,000 hours logged in C-141 and C-17 transport aircraft. She was one of the first women to fly in the US military and recalls the incredible unification of 1983’s Women Military Aviators and the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II.

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The Innocence of Youth

December 17, 2019 / WWII, Storytelling, Pacific, B-29

In Part II of his interview with World War II veteran Jim Marich, High Schooler Steven Hanley asks about bailing out of aircraft and other life-or-death situations. They also discuss the emotional toll of the war, and how Jim’s volunteering at The Museum of Flight helped him find healing and peace with his experience as a B-29 flight engineer.

 

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