Pan American Airways presented this silver cigarette case to William J. Eck in 1939 for being the first paying cross-Atlantic aircraft passenger. The Dixie Clipper left New York with 22 passengers who paid either $375 for a one-way ticket or $675 to go round-trip. The Dixie Clipper took a southern cross-Atlantic route going to Horta in the Azores, Lisbon, and Marseilles.
Pan American Airways presented this silver cigarette case to William J Eck
Don Lee
Matthew Remick Colleran
Today in 1911: Lincoln Beachey was the first to fly over Niagara's Horseshoe Falls. He is pictured here in his Curtiss D Headless Pusher biplane about to fly under the Niagara Fall Bridge.

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Today in 1911 Lincoln Beachey was the first to fly over Niagaras
Chris Bradshaw
Francis Patrick Lubomski
Will Eckstein
On May 21, 1937, record-setting pilot and celebrity Amelia Earhart set out to become the first woman to fly around the world. By July 2, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan had flown more than 22,000 miles. They departed Lae, New Guinea, for Howland Island and disappeared. In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, curator Dorothy Cochrane will discuss Earhart's impact on aviation and the...
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On May 21 1937 recordsetting pilot and celebrity Amelia Earhart set out

Ask an Expert Live - Amelia Earhart: Missing for 80 Years

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Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #TravelMW! We think we’ve got most museums beat.

Image Caption and Credit: Space Shuttle Discovery approaches ISS on STS-120 mission. Credit: NASA
Today’s MuseumWeek theme is TravelMW We think we’ve got most museums beat
Tim Kuzniar
Estaven Shepard
Maurice Clemens
Reference librarian Phil Edwards took us behind-the-scenes for #booksMW to see where the Museum keeps some of its unique paper items - [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image: Colorful comics share the shelf with other unique books in the Museum's special collection.
Reference librarian Phil Edwards took us behindthescenes for booksMW to see where
Edmond Ray Swindle
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Marcia Holland
#DYK that our library has more than 40,000 volumes? [ S.si.edu Link ] #BooksMW #airandspace
DYK that our library has more than 40000 volumes BooksMW airandspace
Jeremy Kinney
Alvin Knowlton
Kate Peters Carroll
Don't miss the live webcast of tonight's Exploring Space lecture. Caltech's Heather Knutson will discuss our quest to understand planets outside our solar system. Tune in at 8 pm: [ Airandspace.si.edu Link ]

The Exploring Space lectures are made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.
Dont miss the live webcast of tonights Exploring Space lecture Caltechs Heather

Live Webcast - Exploring Planets Outside Our Solar System

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Raymond Womble
Metin Demir
Sandra Richard
Do you have a story about #airandspace? Share it with us on our website: [ S.si.edu Link ] #StoriesMW
Do you have a story about airandspace Share it with us on our website: StoriesMW
Need some tunes to check out? Go back in time by listening to our playlist for #MusicMW, featuring selections from the Bella C. Landauer Collection, when people's fascination with flight was filtered into dance and song: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Need some tunes to check out Go back in time by listening
Stephen Thomas Garvin
Nathan Jacobs
Anne Talbott
Laura Buccino
Shirley Sanchez
Torsten Kramer
We're live talking about the Nazi V-1 "Buzz Bomb"
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National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Randy DePasquale
These stories bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "fly ball!" In honor of today's #MuseumWeek theme, here are our five, all-time favorite stories that connect #SportsMW with aviation and spaceflight: [ S.si.edu Link ]

Image: A player swings a baseball bat in a B.F. Goodrich Mark IV spacesuit to demonstrate flexibility.
These stories bring a whole new meaning to the phrase fly ball
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Kevin Hill
Stephen Cowell
The past decade has marked a period of great progress in the quest to understand planets outside our solar system. This Thursday, we're webcasting a lecture with California Institute of Technology assistant professor of planetary science Heather Knutson, who will will discuss these unfamiliar planets and describe ongoing efforts to understand their compositions, temperatures, and weather...
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The past decade has marked a period of great progress in the

Live Webcast - Exploring Planets Outside Our Solar System

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In this week's Ask an Expert Live, space history curator Michael Neufeld will discuss the Luftwaffe's V-1, the world's first operational cruise missile. Allied observers called it the "buzz bomb" for its noisy pulsejet engine. The Nazi Propaganda Ministry dubbed it Vengeance Weapon No. 1, a "wonder weapon" to change the course of the war. However, it was far from that in its actual use.

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In this weeks Ask an Expert Live space history curator Michael Neufeld

Ask an Expert on Facebook Live: V-1: The Nazi "Buzz-Bomb"

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This week, we’re celebrating #MuseumWeek on social! Share your favorite memories with us using #airandspace
This week were celebrating MuseumWeek on social Share your favorite memories with
Buffi Owens
Ross Bryant
Today in 1983: Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Ride traveled aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on mission STS-7. Pictured here is her in-flight suit from that mission, which is on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: [ S.si.edu Link ]
Today in 1983 Sally Ride became the first American woman in space
Gregory J Rutledge
Toni-Lee Andrews
Jeff Brock
Here is the second pass from today's B-2 flyover. Thanks to everyone who joined us for Innovations in Flight Day!
Jon Michael
Erik Springer
Siddhartha Mukherjee
U.S. Air Force Women in Aviation Panel
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Clarica Stocks
Shirley Sanchez
The aircraft are here and the fun is underway at Innovations in Flight Day. If you are nearby, come by our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center and talk to the pilots and flight crews. Don't miss the B-2 flyover scheduled for 1:30pm!
The aircraft are here and the fun is underway at Innovations in
Jennifer H. Haney
Victoria Stephens
Marie Casey
Today's the day! Join us at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center from 10 am to 3 pm for Innovations in Flight Day, and see over 50 planes flown in for one day only. This is a popular event, so please allow additional time for parking and entry.
Todays the day Join us at the Steven F UdvarHazy Center from

Innovations in Flight Family Day and Aviation Display

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