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Wilderness Pilot: Travis Dalke

Wilderness pilot Travis Dalke has a bird's-eye view of the vast expanse of Alaskan wilderness—and he wants to take you with him.

Teaching From the Skies

Video. Raised in Miami's inner city, surrounded by crime and poverty, Emerging Explorer and aviator Barrington Irving beat the odds to become the youn...

Happy Birthday, Orville Wright

On August 19, 1871, Orville Wright was born in Dayton, Ohio.

Earhart Flies Across the Atlantic

On June 17, 1928, Amelia Earhart and two other pilots took off from Newfoundland, Canada, in a Fokker F7 airplane.

First Space Shuttle Unveiled

On September 17, 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled its first space shuttle, Enterprise, at a ceremony in Palmdal...

Data Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles can be an efficient way to make maps and collect data.

Last Contact with Amelia Earhart

On July 2, 1937, pilot Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, communicated with the U.S. Coast Guard for the last time before they were lost a...

Balloon Crosses the Atlantic

On August 17, 1978, the helium-filled balloon Double Eagle II landed in Miserey, France.

Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

On October 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. (now Gen.) Chuck Yeager became the first human being to fly faster than the speed of sound, 1,236 kilometers...

Living in the Age of Airplanes

Find multimedia and activities related to the themes of human migration, globalization, and the history of aviation, created to complement the film Li...

Finding Amelia

Join us for a fascinating presentation—with leading experts archaeologist Tom King, deep-ocean explorer David Jourdan, and former federal agent Les Ki...


An altimeter is a device that measures altitude, the distance of a point above sea level.

Wrong-Way Corrigan

On July 17, 1938, aviator Douglas Corrigan departed from Brooklyn, New York, for a cross-country trip to California—but landed in Dublin, Irelan...

First Nonstop Flight around the World

On December 23, 1986, the experimental aircraft Voyager completed the first nonstop flight around the world.

Greyhound Proposes ‘Air Buses’ for Public Transit

On June 14, 1943, the Greyhound Corporation proposed helicopter buses be used for public transportation. 

Aircraft Lands on North Pole

On May 3, 1952 American Air Force Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher and Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict successfully landed an aircraft at the North P...

fire bomber

Photo: airplane drops fire retardant on forest

Hindenburg Bursts into Flames

On May 6, 1937, German airship Hindenburg burst into flames, killing 35. 

Woman Flies Across English Channel

On April 16, 1912, American aviator Harriet Quimby became the first female pilot to fly across the English Channel. 

First Successful Airplane Flight

On December 17, 1903, the first successful engine-powered, manned airplane was flown by Orville and Wilbur Wright.

Lindbergh Completes Transatlantic Flight

On May 21, 1927, American aviator Charles Lindbergh landed his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world&...

Pilot and Educator: Barrington Irving

As the first and only African American to fly solo around the globe, Barrington Irving has also created a nonprofit organization, Experience Aviation,...

First Solo Flight around the World

On July 22, 1933, American aviator Wiley Post became the first person to fly around the world by himself.