Early FlightThe first decades of aviation, marked by the Wright brothers’ first powered flight in 1903
A Smithsonian curator evaluates recent challenges to the Wright brothers’ place in history.
September 2013 | By Tom Crouch
A rare da Vinci codex on birdflight goes on display at the National Air and Space Museum.
August 2013 | By Rebecca Maksel
A gallery of traveling air- and spacecraft loaned out by the Smithsonian.
September 18, 2012 | By Heather Goss
With his whimsical sculptures, Gregory Bryant celebrates early ideas about winged flight.
May 2012 | By Rebecca Maksel
Designs for a fanciful Civil War airplane fetch big bucks at auction.
September 30, 2011 | By Mary Paltzer
A 100th anniversary remembrance of Cal Rodgers and the Vin Fiz.
September 2011 | By Charles Wiggin, As Told To Howard Eisenberg
In more innocent times, it was okay to buzz the Capitol.
July 01, 2011 | By Roger Mola
Back in 1951, sci-fi author Jack Finney had a few questions for the Smithsonian, like: How exactly would someone break in?
March 24, 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
Emory Malick, the first African-American pilot, wasn't known to historians until recently.
March 2011 | By Rebecca Maksel
When radio communication took to the air.
March 2011 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
The most celebrated American aviator of 1910 took up flying as an act of revenge.
December 30, 2010 | By Gavin Mortimer
The story of a jet flight in 1910, just seven years after Kitty Hawk, may be too good to be true.
December 06, 2010 | By Frank H. Winter
The day Claude Grahame-White thrilled the crowd at the Boston-Harvard meet.
September 08, 2010 | By Gavin Mortimer
September 2010 | By Tom D. Crouch
The celebrated aeronaut found Earth-bound life difficult to navigate.
September 2010 | By Rebecca Maksel
3-D photos of early balloons and aero meets, from the Smithsonian vaults.
August 17, 2010 | By The Editors
August 2010 | By Tom Crouch
July 2010 | By George C. Larson, Member, NAA
Charles Broadwick invented a new way of falling.
May 2010 | By Lisa Ritter
March 2010 | By Larry E. Tise