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Upcoming Aviation Lectures at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Upcoming Aviation Lectures

We have two great aviation lectures coming up in November as part of our GE Aviation Lecture Series. Both will be presented on YouTube with live closed captioning:

November 2 — Centennial of a Pioneering Pilot: Bessie Coleman
In the 1920s, Bessie Coleman toured the U.S. as a barnstormer, entertaining crowds with her aerial aerobatics and inspiring contemporaries with her boundless determination to fly despite significant racial and gender prejudice. A champion of other early aviators, she planned to open a flight school for African Americans, a dream unfulfilled due to her untimely death in 1926. Coleman has been an inspiration and role model to generations of pilots and an enduring symbol of perseverance. Join us for a panel discussion celebrating Coleman’s centennial achievement, boundary-breaking life, and lasting legacy.

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November 30 — Top Gun Then and Now
Thirty-five years ago, Top Gun brought the thrill and danger of naval jet aviation to the big screen. The franchise’s expansion to a second installment, Maverick, proves that audiences just can’t get enough of the need for speed. Join us as we explore the impact of both movies, the evolution of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (aka Top Gun) and naval aviation, and what’s coming next. Museum curator Mike Hankins will moderate a conversation between Top Gun alumnus (and Museum acting director) Chris Browne; co-founder of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School Dan Pedersen; and a recent Top Gun graduate.

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Story credit: National Air and Space Museum & Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Newsletter

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