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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: The Story of Jerrie Cobb and the First Women Astronaut Trainees, Part 1

June 25, 2019 / WWII, NASA, WASP, Air Force, Jerrie Cobb

When the United States was lagging behind the Soviet Union in the race to space, the Soviet space agency announced plans to send women into space, which spurred American astronaut trainers to consider what might happen if they did the same.

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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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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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Fighter Aces - In Their Words

August 7, 2018 / Fighter Aces, WWII, Personal Courage, Storytelling

The American Fighter Aces Association preserves the memories of pilots who have sacrificed bravely for their country, and the Museum is home to its collection of artifacts and stories

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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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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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