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Football-related artworks and artifacts from across our museums
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In honor of Super Bowl 50, archivist Elizabeth Borja uncovered these images of Robert “Bob” Eucker sporting a football helmet while standing atop his Bell P-63A Kingcobra. Eucker had just won the Sohio Handicap Trophy Race in the 1948 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. To celebrate his $3,150 win, Eucker borrowed a football helmet from his local high school and can be seen celebrating atop his airplane "Spirit of 'Tick'"

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From the Archives: Celebrating a Super Helmet - AirSpace

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The evolution of the football's shape

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Abstracted football player "Gridiron" Carl Holty 1943-4

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Gridiron by Carl Holty / American Art

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The Goodyear blimp has flown over sporting events for over 50 years. The C-49 control car on this airship saw duty over the 1977, 1980, 1983, and 1985 Super Bowls. The Goodyear blimp pictured here, Columbia N4A, also starred in the Hollywood thriller Black Sunday (1977) / Courtesy of Goodyear

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C-49 Car | National Air and Space Museum

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"All the Way Choo Choo" sheet music, 1949.

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"Score One for Roosevelt" How Teddy Roosevelt helped save football by making the sport safer for players

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Bell No. 2 Rocket Belt. Also known as a "Jet Pack," they have made Super Bowl appearances with a halftime flight at Super Bowl I and in the pregame show for Super Bowl XIX.

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Rocket Belt, Bell No. 2 | National Air and Space Museum

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The quest for his trophy is ON! #MuseumSuperBowl

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Arago: 32-cent Lombardi

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Super Bowl XVIII, 1984. Redskins vs. Raiders. United Airlines advertising poster. #MuseumSuperBowl

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Superbowl XVIII | National Air and Space Museum

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The Early History of Football’s Forward Pass

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