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Today in 1948: U.S. and British pilots began the Berlin Airlift (Operation Vittles) to deliver supplies to Berlin during the Soviet blockade.

In this photo from the U.S. Air Force, an ""Operation Vittles"" Douglas C-54 is on approach to Tempelhof Air Base, Berlin, Germany, as a group of children watch below. The children are hoping for candy bars tied to handkerchief parachutes to be dropped as part of ""Operation Little Vittles"", initiated by Lt. Gail S. Halvorsen, USAF.

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Today in 1984: The Rutan "Voyager" made its first flight. "Voyager" would later became the first airplane to fly around the world non-stop without refueling.

"Voyager" is pictured here at our Museum in Washington, DC above the old location for our welcome desk: http://bit.ly/1gGgM2t

Come see how we're transforming our Boeing #MilestonesofFlight Hall!
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Today in 1983: Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Ride traveled aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-7. Pictured here is her in-flight suit from that mission. See it on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1Tp6tA4
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Too bad she died from pancreatic cancer and all you people are still using Sweet and Low saccharin causes cancer in laboratory mice
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NOW! Live webcast with #Apollo11 astronaut Michael Collins and Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and founder and CEO of Amazon: http://s.si.edu/AirSpaceWebcasts #GlennLec
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Today in 2003: Air France donated its oldest Concorde - Air France Concorde F-BVFA - to the Smithsonian upon its last supersonic flight: http://bit.ly/AirandSpaceConcorde

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I got to check out the one in Seattle. A shame they weren't replaced.
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In March 1962, James Webb, Administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA, suggested that artists be enlisted to document the historic effort to send the first human beings to the moon. Working together, James Dean, a young artist employed by the NASA Public Affairs office, and Dr. H. Lester Cooke, curator of paintings at the National Gallery of Art, created a program that dispatched artists to NASA facilities with an invitation to paint whatever interested them.

Artist Franklin McMahon created this drawing 51 years ago today of a meeting aboard USS Wasp prior to Gemini IV recovery:
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Simulation Critique, 5 June 1965. Several men are seated at two long tables as they listen to an officer speaking at a podium on the left. The tables run horizontally across the page. In the background can be seen details of the walls, including a curtain and two plaques. Writing in the lower left corner reads:
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that's funny James Dean (drove is car into a ditch) there are two types of paper used in this drawing and the person that got credit for it is not the person whom drew it and if anyone is still alive that was on the ship they would tell you the truth whitewash same as when I went to cape Canaveral  with the current mayor of Chicago when he was a child  
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85 Years Ago Today: Wiley Post (on the right) and Harold Gatty (on the left) departed New York on an around-the-world record eight-day flight in the Lockheed 5C Vega Winnie Mae.

See the Winnie Mae on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1lig8sH
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65 Years Ago Today: The Bell X-5 research aircraft flies for 30 minutes at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The X-5 research program was established to test the feasibility of variable sweep wing angles during flight. Despite mixed results in the research, variable sweep wings became an aircraft design feature from the 1960s to 80s. http://go.nasa.gov/1YcQTuD

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Fast bird!!!!!
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Today in 1985: Space Shuttle Discovery launched on its fifth mission – STS-51G. Three days into the mission, the crew deployed SPARTAN-1, which is pictured here in the cargo bay and standards for a deployable/retrievable Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy. SPARTAN-1 ran experiments and collected data on our galactic center region, as well as the Perseus cluster of galaxies, while floating independently from Discovery.

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This is a great memory of the shuttle Discovery!
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‪#‎Apollo11‬ astronaut Michael Collins is visiting us (and the Command Module "Columbia") today and speaking this evening at our 2016 John H. Glenn Lecture in Space History.

Tune in at 8 pm ET for a live webcast with him and co-presenter Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and founder and CEO of Amazon.com: http://s.si.edu/2016glennlec
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Indeed. No supermen but regular people. But ones that just had a great job.
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Today in 1944: Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, supported by more than 5,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft. In an effort to prevent friendly fire during the D-Day invasion, each aircraft bore black and white invasion stripes like the ones pictured on these Lockheed P-38 Lightnings. Learn more on our blog archive about this tactic and its effectiveness: http://bit.ly/SAOlbl

Image Caption: Lockheed P-38 Lightnings painted with invasion stripes.
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Seventy years ago, a formation of United States Army Air Forces Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighters was photographed as it roared over an unidentified foreign field. It’s hard to spot the familiar US insignia of the white star on a blue circle, but the black and white stripes the Lightnings wear stand out easily – which ...Continue Reading
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Bombing of Hiroshima
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50 Years Ago Today: Surveyor 1 landed on the Moon. It was the first U.S. spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon. The Surveyor series was designed to carry out soft landings on the Moon and provide data about its surface and possible atmosphere. The artifact pictured here is an engineering model, S-10, used for thermal control tests. It was reconfigured to represent a flight model of Surveyor 3 or later, since it was the first to have a scoop and claw surface sampler. See it on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1wXMQUI
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The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA display the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts.