Aviation History

Jacqueline versus Jacqueline: a supersonic duel

In the early 1950s, two women pilots, American Jacqueline Cochran and her French rival Jacqueline Auriol, competed to become the fastest female pilot....


The oldest operating aircraft | Quiz

With proper maintenance, it’s possible for aircraft to fly forever. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the planes that refuse to cease flying....


The Aviation Olympics | Quiz

Do you want to learn more about the link between aviation and the Olympic Games? Then take our quiz....


Planes that changed the industry | Quiz

How well do you know the planes that changed the aviation industry? ...


History hour: British Airways Flight 9 ‒ how a Boeing 747 lost all four engines

In 1982, British Airways Flight 9 flew through a cloud of volcanic ash, which caused all four engines of the Boeing 747 to fail. ...


From Stewardess to Flight attendant: how the role evolved throughout decades?

Since the commencement of scheduled commercial flights in the early 1910s, flight attendants have played a significant role in airline operations....


Space every day: Exploring the history of space flight with Margaret Weitekamp

Every day is Space Day for Margaret Weitekamp, chair and curator of the space history department at the National Air and Space Museum.  ...


Researcher claims the flight MH370 followed a complex path before vanishing

 Independent researcher claims Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 followed a complex path before disappearing....


The special meaning behind Air France flights AF401 & AF229

Air France operated two celebratory flights AF401 and AF229 to make a nod to a special event in France’s aviation history....


Famous women in aviation who are making history today

Famous women in aviation are breaking down old stereotypes and demonstrating impeccable professional and in-personal skills....