February 20, 1962: Today in 1962: John H. Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth in this Mercury capsule he named "Friendship 7." Glenn's flight was the third piloted mission of Project Mercury, following two suborbital flights by astronauts in 1961. Glenn orbited the Earth three times and splashed down in the Atlantic 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds after launch. “Friendship 7” is currently in the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at our Udvar-Hazy Center in VA.
February 9, 1969: the first 747-100 "jumbo jet" made its first flight. This nose section from a Northwest Airlines Boeing 747-151 is on display in the "America by Air" exhibition at our Museum in DC. Discover its story.
January 10, 1968: The Surveyor 7 spacecraft, last lunar lander in the Surveyor program, landed on the Moon. The Surveyor series was designed to carry out soft landings on the Moon and provide data about its surface and possible atmosphere. Pictured here is an engineering model, S-10, used for thermal control tests. See it on display at our Museum in DC.
November 9, 1967: Apollo 4 launched on the first test flight of the Saturn V rocket. The Saturn V was used to launch astronauts on later Apollo missions to the Moon. The Apollo 4 Command Module hatch is in our collection.
October 27, 1967: This #StarTrek starship Enterprise model encased in plastic appeared in the Star Trek original series episode titled, "Catspaw." What is your favorite episode from the original series?
October 23, 1962: Cdr. William Ecker flew the first low level reconnaissance mission over Cuba during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The photographs taken by Ecker were used as proof that the Soviet Union installed nuclear ballistic missiles in Cuba. Pictured here is Ecker's flight suit.
October 22, 1968: the Apollo 7 command module splashed down in the Atlantic with Walter Schirra, Donn Eisele, Walter Cunningham on board. During this mission, the RCA camera and attached 100mm wide-angle lens pictured here were part of the first television broadcast from space.
September 8, 1966: "Star Trek" (The Original Series) debuted in the U.S. on NBC. Last September, the original U.S.S. Enterprise model used in the TV show boldly went on its next adventure to our Emil Buehler Conservation Lab where it is undergoing preparations for display in our "Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall" in 2016.