The brief and entertaining history of the Second Army Air Service

The Second Army Air Service was a unit of the United States Army  stationed on the Western Front during World War I. The Second Army Air Service Book, from the collections of the National Air and Space Museum Library, offers a purposely light-hearted account of the unit’s brief history. The group’s arrival in France came a mere month before an armistice was signed ending the war on November 11th, 1918.  

The Short, Soaring Life of Lieutenant Selfridge

One does not readily associate “firsts” in aviation history with either Washington, D.C. or with the Scottish-born scientist and engineer Alexander Graham Bell. Alas, the first fatality in a powered aircraft connects both the nation’s capital and the inventor of the telephone. The Smithsonian’s collections give testament to many aeronautical and military milestones, including the brief but significant life of Thomas E. Selfridge. 

Smithsonian Libraries Celebrates Women Pioneers in Air & Space

As the month of March winds down, the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) honors Women’s History Month by celebrating women pioneers in the field of air and space.

Morale: the Navy’s Trans-Atlantic flight

In honor of Memorial Day, we feature this recently digitized book, Morale: the Navy’s Trans-Atlantic flight.

Windsock Datafiles

Researchers have indicated that the Windsock Datafiles are an excellent reference for anyone interested in World War I aviation.

New Acquisitions in the National Air and Space Museum Library

July, the month of hot, humid days and patriotic holidays. July is also the seventh month of the year. Coincidentally, the National Air and Space Museum Library has seven new titles to share with you.

Space Day 2011

On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall will be hosting Space Day from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free annual event, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, provides visitors with opportunities to learn about space through hands-on exhibits, activities, and presentations by astronauts and other space experts. In keeping with the program’s mission to provide a fun learning experience for all ages, there will be several activity and presentation stations for children and teens, including Alka Seltzer-powered rockets, astronaut paper dolls, and LEGO spacecraft models.

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