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.
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.
In honor of Memorial Day, we feature this recently digitized book, Morale: the Navy’s Trans-Atlantic flight.
Researchers have indicated that the Windsock Datafiles are an excellent reference for anyone interested in World War I aviation.
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.
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.
Cherry blossoms are not the only thing blooming in the Washington DC area. The month of April has sprouted some blooms in the National Air and Space Museum Library in the form of new book titles.
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