Author Archives: Elizabeth Borja

Miss Northwestern 1945

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For the past year or so, I have been writing about employee life during World War II at the Northwestern Aeronautical Corporation (NAC) in St. Paul, Minnesota, as documented in a series of wooden scrapbooks created for company president John E. Parker. The company supported a softball league with batting averages to shame Ted Williams and   …Continue Reading


Stories from Mother Tusch’s Birthday Book

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In a recent blog post, Kathleen Hanser told the story of the “Shrine of the Air” in Berkeley, California, and highlighted various artifacts from “Mother” Tusch’s house that became a part of our collections. The paper documents from Tusch’s house can be found in the National Air and Space Museum Archives as part of the Mary E. “Mother”   …Continue Reading


Put Me In, Coach!

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It’s April and baseball is back!!! Americans’ love of baseball can be found throughout the National Air and Space Museum Archives’ collections. Members of the military visited baseball teams to compare equipment and even demonstrated the flexibility of spacesuits on the ball field. Baseball teams began to charter their own flights between games. And everywhere,   …Continue Reading


Celebrating Women’s History Month: All-Female Flight Crews

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Women’s History Month in the United States began as Women’s History Week in 1982. The event was expanded to the entire month of March in 1987. Throughout the past month, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Air and Space Museum, have sponsored many events for Women’s History Month. On March 28, 1988, just the second   …Continue Reading


From the Archives: Celebrating a Super Helmet

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Through the history of aviation, pilots have worn many types of helmets.  Exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum range from Paul Studenski’s 1912 era leather flying helmet, to Apollo Soucek’s furry helmet, to Mike Melvill’s SpaceShipOne helmet. Today, however, in honor of Super Bowl 50, we will remember Robert “Bob” Eucker’s football helmet. Not to be confused   …Continue Reading