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National Air and Space Museum Groundbreaking, by Krantz, Victor, 1972, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 72-10570-25 and SIA72-10570-25.

November 20, 1972

Secretary S. Dillon Ripley and the Honorable Warren E. Burger break ground for the new National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall.More

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