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Hughes H-1 Racer, Courtesy of National Air and Space Museum, Inventory Number: A19750840000

April 5, 1984

The Golden Age of Flight exhibition gallery opens at the National Air and Space Museum. This gallery is a major exhibition devoted to aviation from 1919 to 1939.

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