Author Archives: Elizabeth Borja

Swimming with the WASPs

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As summer heats up in Washington, DC, swimming pool attendance skyrockets. For Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) training to fly military aircraft during World War II at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, a dip in the pool was more than fun and games. For any pilot, there exists the possibility of an aircraft going down   …Continue Reading


Happy Mother’s Day

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On Sunday, May 10, the United States and many other countries will be celebrating Mother’s Day. Several National Air and Space Museum Archives collections contain photographs of aviators and their mothers. Here are a few. Before he was promoted to Brigadier General for leading the 1942 bombing raids on Tokyo, James H. Doolittle was just little Jimmy in   …Continue Reading


Cherry Blossoms at the National Air and Space Museum

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When the vernal equinox in Washington, DC, is accompanied by a cold, wet day, it’s hard to imagine that spring is actually here. But over the last few weeks the nation’s capital, has been celebrating one of its biggest annual events—the National Cherry Blossom Festival. But did you know the National Air and Space Museum   …Continue Reading


On Base in Malir

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It’s that time of year again!  The crack of the bat, the smack of the glove, the roar of the crowd—baseball has returned to our nation’s capital!!! Wherever they have served, American soldiers and aviators have taken the nation’s pastime with them.  During World War II, Joseph J. Pace served as the chief of the   …Continue Reading


Scoffing at Superstition

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Friday the Thirteenth always puts me in the mood to listen to Stevie Wonder’s hit, “Superstition.” Although I’m not particularly superstitious, I’m probably not going to take chances like a group of aviation cadets did at the Air Corps Training Detachment, Hawthorne School of Aeronautics, Orangeburg, South Carolina, in February of 1942. According to the Air Corps   …Continue Reading