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Tracking and Data Relay Satellite – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
During the first decades of the Space Age, NASA required a worldwide network of ground stations to communicate with satellites and human-operated spacecraft. The Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) system, a constellation of three spacecraft placed i…
Added on May  4, 2017

Benoist-Korn Type XII – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Benoist-Korn Type XII – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
The brown aircraft in the centre of this photo is a Benoist-Korn Type XII biplane. In the spring of 1912 Thomas Wesley Benoist announced the completion of his firm's newest aircraft, the Type XII. It was a two-place tractor biplane, powered by a Roberts s…
Added on May  4, 2017

"Tante Ju" – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

"Tante Ju" – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
Affectionately known in Germany as Tante Ju, or "Auntie Ju," the Junkers Ju 52/3m was one of the most successful European airliners ever made. Designed for Deutsche Luft Hansa in 1932, the Ju 52/3m was a tri-motor version of the single-engine Ju-52. It co…
Added on May  4, 2017

Expérience de Dijon – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Expérience de Dijon – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
The invention of the balloon struck the men and women of the late 18th century like a thunderbolt. Enormous crowds gathered in Paris to watch one balloon after another rise above the city rooftops, carrying the first human beings into the air in the closi…
Added on May  3, 2017

Concorde – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Concorde – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
So why did the supersonic Concorde have to retire? It all boiled down to money. In January 1976, the Concorde began flying to the United States. The Concorde would cruise at twice the speed of sound between 55,000 and 60,000 feet — so high that passengers…
Added on May  3, 2017

Remember When Flying was Fun? – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Remember When Flying was Fun? – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
First flown in late 1938, the Boeing 307 was the first airliner with a pressurized fuselage. It could carry 33 passengers in great comfort and cruise at 6,096 meters (20,000 feet), while maintaining a cabin pressure of 2,438 meters (8,000 feet). This enab…
Added on May  3, 2017

Enola Gay – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Enola Gay – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
Boeing’s B-29 Superfortress was the most sophisticated propeller-driven bomber of World War II and the first bomber to house its crew in pressurized compartments. Although designed to fight in the European theater, the B-29 found its niche on the other si…
Added on May  3, 2017

Propulsion – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Propulsion – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
Thunderbolt: the dictionary defines it as "a flash of lightning accompanied by thunder" and it aptly describes the P-47 during World War II. Thunderbolt pilots flew into battle with the thundering roar of a 2000-horsepower radial engine and the deadly fla…
Added on May  3, 2017

Lope's Hope – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Lope's Hope – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
Whether known as the Warhawk, Tomahawk, or Kittyhawk, the Curtiss P-40 proved to be a successful, versatile fighter during the first half of World War II. The shark-mouthed Tomahawks that Gen. Claire Chennault’s "Flying Tigers" flew in China against the J…
Added on May  2, 2017

Darth Vader's Executive Jet – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia

Darth Vader's Executive Jet – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, Virginia
No reconnaissance aircraft in history has operated globally in more hostile airspace or with such complete impunity than the SR-71, the world's fastest jet-propelled aircraft. The Blackbird's performance and operational achievements placed it at the pinna…
Added on May  2, 2017