Category Archives: aeronautics

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Plane Queer”


Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants. By Phil Tiemeyer. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013. vii + 288 pp., illus., acknowledgments, notes, bibliography, index. ISBN 978-0-520-27477-8. $24.95 (paperback). Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS … Continue reading

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The Legacy of William F. Durand


William F. Durand (1859-1958) was of the leading lights in American aeronautics in the first half of the twentieth century. He was also one of several individuals who made the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) a reality, an historical … Continue reading

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Call for Papers: The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development


Call for Papers The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development   The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and the History Office of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) invite proposals for … Continue reading

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Orvis Nelson and the Transocean Air Lines Experience


One of my favorite research topics over the years has been the rise, fall, and sometime resurrection of non-scheduled air carriers in the middle part of the 20th century. I wrote an article a few years ago on Orvis Nelson, … Continue reading

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The NACA’s Quietly Effective Director of Research: George W. Lewis


I have been researching the early history of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and decided to share some information about one of its formative leaders. Very few people today have heard of George W. Lewis (Mar. 10, 1882-Jul. … Continue reading

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Announcement: Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference, April 11-14, 2014


The Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums Conference is a unique, international meeting starting today in Washington. It focuses specifically on the needs of the air and space museum community and features three days of panel discussions and concurrent sessions. … Continue reading

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Re-Direct: In the Batter’s Box


It’s the home opener for the Washington Nationals today so I thought it would be interesting to point readers to this blog post concerning two of my favorite subjects: baseball and aerospace. This post was written by archivist Elizabeth Borja of the … Continue reading

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NASA and the Stimulation of Non-Space Applications from Space-related Technology


Much has been made over the years of what NASA calls “spinoffs,” commercial products that had at least some of their origins as a result of spaceflight-related research. Most years the agency puts out a book describing some of the … Continue reading

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The Origins of Air/Sea Rescue in World War II


The idea of establishing a specialized and elite force for the rescue of downed aircrews grew out of three interlocked circumstances just before the Second World War: (1) a deep‑seated belief in the sanctity of life, (2) the high expense … Continue reading

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Redirect: “The NACA Model for Technology Transfer”


In April 2012 I wrote an op-ed for Space News on “The NACA Model for Technology Transfer.” I also emphasized it on this blog last year as well. Check that out here. I Am re-directing readers to it now because I … Continue reading

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