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Finding Amelia
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Finding Amelia

It's been 80 years since aviator Amelia Earhart disappeared over the South Pacific with her co-pilot Fred Noonan during an attempted flight around the world. Join us for a fascinating discussion of the theories surrounding the tragedy and new investigations into the flight’s fate. The...

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  • Concepts: amelia earhart, aviation, explorer, fred noonan, history
Living in the Age of Airplanes
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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 Living in the Age of Airplanes.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: aviation, globalization, human migration, interconnections, trade, transportation
altimeter
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altimeter

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

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: air pressure, altimeters, altitude, aviation, barometers, elevation, gps, instruments, lasers, measurement, radar, satellites
Wrong-Way Corrigan
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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, Ireland, the next day.

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: atlantic ocean, aviation, direction, navigation, wrong-way corrigan
Data Drones
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Data Drones

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

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: aerial photography, aerial views, aviation, mapping, remote sensing, uavs
First Nonstop Flight around the World
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First Nonstop Flight around the World

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aircraft, aviation, circumnavigation, engineering, technology
Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier
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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 per second (768 miles per hour).

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aviation, chuck yeager, engineering, measurement, military, transportation
First Successful Airplane Flight
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First Successful Airplane Flight

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aircraft, airplanes, aviation, engineering, industry, kitty hawk, technology, travel
Greyhound Proposes ‘Air Buses’ for Public Transit
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Greyhound Proposes ‘Air Buses’ for Public Transit

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aircraft, aviation, public transportation, travel
Aircraft Lands on North Pole
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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 Pole.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aviation, flight, north pole
Earhart Flies Across the Atlantic
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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.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: amelia earhart, atlantic ocean, aviation, celebrities, llaneli wales, navigation, newfoundland canada, pilots
Happy Birthday, Orville Wright
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Happy Birthday, Orville Wright

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: airplanes, aviation, dayton ohio, engineering, industry, orville wright, travel
First Space Shuttle Unveiled
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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 Palmdale, California.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, aviation, engineering, nasa, spacecraft, space shuttles
Balloon Crosses the Atlantic
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Balloon Crosses the Atlantic

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: air balloons, atlantic ocean, aviation, miserey france, navigation, transportation
Last Contact with Amelia Earhart
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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 at sea.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: amelia earhart, aviation, flight, howland island, navigation, pacific ocean, transportation
First Solo Flight around the World
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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.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aviation, exploration, gyroscopes, instruments, navigation, radio, technology, travel, wiley post
Reagan Fires Air-Traffic Controllers
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Reagan Fires Air-Traffic Controllers

On August 5, 1981, President Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 air-traffic controllers.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: air traffic controllers, aviation, business, employment, government, labor, strikes
Woman Flies Across English Channel
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Woman Flies Across English Channel

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aviation, english channel, navigation, pilots, women
Hindenburg Bursts into Flames
Historic Article
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Hindenburg Bursts into Flames

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

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: aviation, blimps, flight, hindenburg, hydrogen, new jersey, transportation
Lindbergh Completes Transatlantic Flight
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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’s first transatlantic flight. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: atlantic ocean, aviation, charles lindbergh, flights, travel
fire bomber
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fire bomber

Photo: airplane drops fire retardant on forest

  • Concepts: aviation, colorado, firefighters, forest fire, wildfires
Teaching From the Skies
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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 youngest person to fly solo around the world and now works to inspire young people to pursue their dreams through the world of aviation.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: aviation, barrington irving, emerging explorers, experience aviation, explorers, explorers symposium, pilots
Wilderness Pilot: Travis Dalke
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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.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: alaska, arctic, aviation, glaciers, mountains, real-world geography, travis dalke, wilderness
Pilot and Educator: Barrington Irving
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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, which takes students out of classrooms and into a cockpit. Students are able to learn hands-on math and science, while exploring their passion for av...

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, aviation, barrington irving, emerging explorers, pilots, planes, real-world geography, technology