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You Can Trust a Plane If A Woman Is On Board: The Ellen Church Story

March 19, 2018

Commercial aviation as we know it today owes a lot to Ellen Church—America’s first stewardess and the woman who contributed to creating the very first... more >

Secrets of the Blackbird Spy Plane

March 19, 2018

The Blackbird spy plane is one of the most recognizable aircraft in aviation history, but do you know some of the more fascinating stories behind the... more >

Top Ten Quotes From Yuri Gagarin's Biography

March 9, 2018

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to go to space. His achievement paved the way for future space flights both in... more >

A Brief History of WASPs

March 8, 2018

“We are in a war and need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be... more >

Go Inside a NASA Shuttle Trainer

March 1, 2018

From historical figures like Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride, to their fictitious counterparts, the media has cultivated a romantic image of heroic... more >

Black History Month Pilot Profile: Major Kristofer W. Duckett

February 15, 2018

Major Duckett’s dreams of flight began when he first saw a poster of an F-16 as a little boy growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana. At that moment, he... more >

What's It Like Being a U-2 Pilot?

February 14, 2018

Imagine breathing 100% oxygen, strapping into an astronaut-like suit, and then flying 60,000 feet above the Earth for nine to ten hours. This is what... more >

Black History Month Pilot Profile: First Officer Kim Ford

February 12, 2018

As a black woman and professional pilot, Kim Ford exemplifies what happens when young people of color pursue their dreams of flight. Ford’s high-flying... more >

What You Should Know About Space Law

February 7, 2018

Aerospace companies like Blue Origin, SpaceX, and satellite communications ventures before them, have been paving the way for a new generation of... more >

What Makes an Aircraft 'Stealth'?

February 7, 2018

So you want to build a spy plane? We don’t blame you. Some of the most exciting and memorable design in aircraft history can be seen in spy planes. The... more >