Category Archives: Aviation

“First Time for Everything”

Story by Kyle Thede, SC&A intern and Public History graduate student Lieutenant Fairchild was still humming the familiar refrain of “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” though the constant howl of the wind rushing past his open cockpit drowned out any … Continue reading






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Flying Blind: The Army’s First Night Fighters of World War II

By Kyle Thede, SC&A intern and Public History graduate student In the spring of 1942, only months into the United States’ involvement in World War II, the Army Air Forces were taking steps into uncharted territory. While Britain’s Royal Air … Continue reading






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What Were You Doing on the Day of the First Flight?

Today marks the 113th anniversary of the first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The events of that historic day, December 17, 1903, are well recorded, including Orville Wright’s observations in his diary. Orville closed the entry with the mention … Continue reading






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