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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Watch the Skies for Flying Pumpkins!

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Hallowe’en Joys – lithographic postcard, 1911. Black cats pilot a squadron of flying jack-o’-lanterns in this fairly unscary Halloween postcard – a young fellow in Lewiston, Maine named Charles sent it to his Aunt Nettie ninety-nine years ago.  Beyond postcards, balloons have inspired artists of all sorts since they first took to the skies –   …Continue Reading


The Airplane and Streamlined Design

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To American industrial designers of the 1930s airplanes were not simply machines of transport, but emblems of technological innovation and progress. The National Air and Space Museum’s newly redone Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery includes a unit devoted to “The Airplane and Streamlined Design,” which demonstrates how industrial designers appropriated the imagery of the   …Continue Reading


Learning to Capture the Sun

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The Public Observatory Project is just over a year old now, and in that time we’ve been  experimenting with the telescope to discover what is visible in the daytime sky and devise ways that our visitors can have the best experience possible.  One of our goals is to use our equipment to take images of the   …Continue Reading


Chuck Yeager

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On October 14, 1947, Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound in his Bell X-1, which he named Glamorous Glennis, in tribute to his wife. He reached a speed of 1,127 kilometers (700 miles) per hour, or Mach 1.06, at an altitude of 13,000 meters (43,000   …Continue Reading


Eugene J. Bullard

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October 12, 2010, marks the forty-ninth anniversary of the death of Eugene Jacques Bullard at the age of 67. Bullard is considered to be the first African-American military pilot to fly in combat, and the only African-American pilot in World War I. Ironically, he never flew for the United States. Born October 9, 1895, in   …Continue Reading