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Pioneering Aerial Archeology by Charles and Anne Lindbergh

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On October 7, 1929, Anne Morrow Lindbergh gazed out the window of a Sikorsky S-38 flying boat, entranced by the view before her: gleaming stone structures only recently freed from the thick tropical vegetation of the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico—Chichén Itzá, a remnant of the Mayan civilization that thrived there between 750 and 1200 AD.   …Continue Reading


Capturing the Early History of Aeronautics

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Among the treasures found within the special collections of the DeWitt Clinton Ramsey Room, a branch of the Smithsonian Libraries located at the National Air and Space Museum, is a collection of oversized scrapbooks with an interesting and complicated history. Originally bound in one volume, William Upcott’s Scrapbook of Early Aeronautica captures the history of   …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