While most associate the Tuskegee Airmen, the Black aviators of World War II, with fighter pilots, leaders in the Black community believed post-war... more >
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The Freeman Field Mutiny
The Boeing Flying Fortress School
You probably know that Boeing built thousands of B-17 Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress bombers during World War II. But did you also know that... more >
Who Was Mary Riddle?
Mary Riddle (1902 – 1981), a member of the Satsop and Clatsop tribes, was born Nannie Riddell in Bridgeport, Washington. She also owned property on the... more >
Boeing's Big Leaps
Before this issue went to press, I had the opportunity to tour the B-17 and B-29 in the Collection. I've been in B-17s before, but I had never stepped... more >
Eugene Bullard, the First African American Fighter Pilot and Veteran of Two World Wars
Eugene Bullard (1895 – 1961) was among the first black military pilots in the world. There were around five black military pilots in World War I, and... more >
Stories of a B-17 Pilot
The B-17 has seen its fair share of stories during its illustrious history. At The Museum of Flight, we are blessed to have the only flyable B-17F model... more >
Who Are The Night Witches?
Besides having what just might be the coolest name in aviation history, the Night Witches were a tough bunch of women pilots and navigators who stood... more >
The Gooney Bird: Unsung Hero of WWII
It’s said that when General Dwight D. Eisenhower was asked to name the weapons that led to the Allied victory in WWII, he didn’t mention bombers or... more >
A Short History of the Tuskegee Airmen
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
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 the... more >