Historical

The Evolution of Plane Spotting: From Wartime Necessity to Beloved Hobby

May 31, 2024

One of the unsung heroes of WWII were known as plane spotters, people who were dedicated to observing and logging aircraft through forms of photography and videography.  The term was coined during the start of WWII, when the Royal Observer Corps (U.K.) encouraged civilians to become spotters and document airplanes from observation posts throughout coastal…

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Flight Beyond Limits: Story of X-Planes in Aviation

March 29, 2024

In 1944, amidst the turmoil of World War II, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the US Navy, and the US Army Air Force joined forces to establish the X-plane program. This collaborative effort aimed to explore the possibilities of high-speed flight and advance aeronautical research beyond the constraints of wartime necessity. Three years…

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Entrance to Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum

The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum

January 24, 2024

Recommended reading: How Amelia Earhart Financed Her Expeditions The Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum, located at the Amelia Earhart Memorial Airport (K59) in Atchison, Kansas, opened on April 14, 2023. Since its opening, the museum has been featured in such publications as Smithsonian Magazine, BBC, and NPR and has received a GEMmy Award (“gems of travel”)…

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Miniatures in Mythos

May 26, 2023

In his book Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell coined the term monomyth to describe the “common heroic narrative in which a heroic protagonist sets out, has transformative adventures, and returns home.”1 The monomyth provides a formula for comparing myths across time and culture. The monomyth’s existence suggests that a set of similar traits…

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What Did The Tuskegee Airmen Do After WWII?

April 6, 2023

Who were the Tuskegee Airmen? The Tuskegee Airmen were devoted, ambitious young men who volunteered to become the first Black military airmen in the United States of America.1 How did the Tuskegee Airmen get their start? In the late 1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his administration debated U.S. involvement in the war in Europe.2…

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How Amelia Earhart Financed Her Expeditions

December 28, 2022

Amelia Earhart is best known for her flying endeavors, but many people don’t know about the fascinating and creative ways she funded her expeditions. Cosmopolitan Editor, Lecturer In 1928, Earhart became aviation editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. Her first article was published in November of that year. In her articles, she answered readers’ questions about aviation…

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