In 1946, the small collection of airplanes in the A&I Building and in the aircraft building in the South Yard received status as a separate museum with the establishment of the National Air Museum. The Air Museum was the lifelong passion of curator Paul E. Garber. As the United States entered the space race, "Rocket Row" became a landmark along the west side of the A&I Building.
Smithsonian Institution Archives,
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