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Since 1966, thermodynamics engineer Pete Law has been showing up at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, with his toolbox and a career’s worth of knowledge about cooling systems.
When John Glenn (here looking through a training device) became the first American to orbit Earth, a yaw thruster caused attitude control problems
A Rubenesque Princess emerges from a hangar on the Isle of Wight in 1951.

Cancelled: Princess, Dethroned

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How Things Work: Space Station Steering

Head on, the Boomerang may be hard to fathom, but it’s easy to control — even if one engine quits.
In 1958, NACA facilities, like Ohio’s Lewis Research Center, were re-labeled NASA centers.

I Was There: "The Tremendous Potential of Rocketry"

Over Vietnam in 1966, a Douglas A-1 flies cover on a rescue mission.
Built in 1928, the steel frame of the Curtiss flying school is still sound.

Glenn Curtiss Was Here

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Last of Their Kind

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