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Entrance to "How Things Fly", 1997, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 97-15002.

September 20, 1996

The permanent exhibition How Things Fly opens at the National Air and Space Museum. The exhibition offers numerous hands-on exhibits which teach visitors how things fly. The flexible design will allow changes in the exhibit once testing is done on displays to find out what works and what does not work with visitors.More

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