Director of National Air and Space Museum Gen. Jack Dailey Retires

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  • Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, retires in January 2018. With 18 years as head of the museum, he is its longest-serving director. Dailey, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and pilot, assumed the duties of director in January 2000. Under his leadership, the museum opened its second location, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, and welcomed Space Shuttle Discovery, the longest-serving orbiter, into the collection. Dailey has also led expansion of the museum's public programs and its web and distance-learning activities.
  • Deputy Director Chris Browne serves as Interim Director from January through April 2018. On April 30, 2018, Ellen Stofan is appointed Director of the National Air and Space Museum.


  • Dailey, John R
  • Stofan, Ellen Renee 1961-
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Air and Space Museum


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Press Release: Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Director Announces Retirement, 2017.

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January 2018


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