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A Short History of the Tuskegee Airmen

April 11, 2018

When the Tuskegee Airmen were first established, Jim Crow laws and racist military policies prevented black men and women from serving in positions... more >

A Short History of the B-17

April 5, 2018

The B-17 is one of history’s most significant aircraft for its role in the European and Pacific theater during World War II. It’s an iconic plane in... more >

How to Survive in Space, According to Yuri Gagarin

March 21, 2018

In the early days of space exploration, cosmonauts and engineers had to plan and prepare for the unknown dangers of space flight. But what did it... more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

5 Engines That Made Aviation History

February 7, 2018

From the rotary engines of the early 20th century, to the advanced jet engines of today, the course of aviation history has been marked by numerous... more >

What Makes a Great Pilot?

February 6, 2018

Confidence. Focus. Courage.

These are just a few words that are often used to describe pilots, but they only scratch the surface of the many traits... more >

Debunking NASA Space Spin-off Myths

February 6, 2018

NASA is known for historic technological achievements, so it’s no surprise that some believe the agency invented some of the items made famous in its... more >

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