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Hankins, Michael

Curator for US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps post-World War II Aviation

History of military aviation; air power history; fighter aircraft development; fighter pilot culture; the history of technology and military aircraft technology; air power theory and operations post-1945; air-to-air combat history; representations of the military and air power in popular culture; Russian military aircraft and MiG fighters; tactical airlift and air transportation; fighter pilots and aircraft in World War I; 20th Century United States.

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Professional Biography

  • Dr. Michael Hankins is the Curator of US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps post-World War II Aviation at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the author of Flying Camelot: The F-15, the F-16, and the Weaponization of Fighter Pilot Nostalgia (Cornell University Press, 2021). He is a former Professor of Strategy at the USAF Air Command and Staff College eSchool, and former Instructor of Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned his PhD in history from Kansas State University in 2018 and his master’s in history from the University of North Texas in 2013.

Public Biography

  • Dr. Michael Hankins is the Curator of US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps post-World War II Aviation at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the author of Flying Camelot: The F-15, the F-16, and the Weaponization of Fighter Pilot Nostalgia (Cornell University Press, 2021). He is a former Professor of Strategy at the USAF Air Command and Staff College eSchool, and former Instructor of Military History at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned his PhD in history from Kansas State University in 2018 and his master’s in history from the University of North Texas in 2013.

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