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The Independence Avenue Lobby of the new National Air and Space Museum is opened to the general public during visiting hours. The Milestones of Flight Gallery, which includes the Wright Brothers' Aeroplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module, the Bell X-1, and John Glenn's Mercury space capsule, can be viewed.


  • Apollo 11 Command Module
  • Bell X-1 (Airplane)
  • Milestones of Flight (Exhibition)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Torch, 3/1976, p. 1

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


February 2, 1976


  • Exhibit openings
  • Exhibitions
  • Wright Flyer (Airplane)

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