Author Archives: The National Air and Space Museum

Inside the Sally K. Ride Papers – Now Open for Research

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Last October, we announced that we had acquired the collection of Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space. Now, we can share that the archival portion of the collection has been processed and is available for research! See our finding aid for more detailed information. The Sally K. Ride collection consists of more   …Continue Reading


Crossing the Atlantic in a Wicker Chair

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If you were going to fly non-stop for 33½ hours, what kind of chair would you want to sit in? For Charles Lindbergh, it was this simple wicker chair. The Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis was a modified version of the Ryan M-2 aircraft created specifically for the long flight from New York to   …Continue Reading


A New Home for an Old Glove

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Who would think that a damaged, old leather glove, with the thumb badly torn, could be a valuable item? But if that damaged glove belonged to Luftwaffe pilot Günther Rall, with 275 aerial victories and the third highest scoring ace in aviation history, then it becomes an item of unique historic value. And now that   …Continue Reading


Well, is it Flak Bait or Flak-Bait?

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As the curator for the Museum’s Martin B-26B Marauder, I’ve become obsessed with the proper way to designate the name given to it by its first pilot Jim Farrell in August 1943. It all centers on the pesky use of a hyphen. Is it Flak Bait or Flak-Bait? You see both in archival documents, historical   …Continue Reading


Volunteers Help Keep Museum Objects Clean

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When visitors enter our Museum, many are awed by the number of artifacts that are on display. We’re often asked, “How do you manage to keep everything clean?” That is a terrific question, especially since there are more than 6,000 artifacts on display at any time on the floor or hanging overhead, with more being   …Continue Reading