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Summary

A popular history of the National Air and Space Museum. Article begins with a short history of obtaining Congressional approval and funding for the NASM building and its subsequent design and construction. Collection policies of NASM and criteria for choosing artifacts for display are discussed. Anecdotal descriptions of famous aircraft are included with descriptions of the restoration process. The process of suspending some of the aircraft in the building is also described. The article provides a complete description of the layout of the building and its various facilities for staff and research.

Author

Boyne, Walter J. 1929-

Subject

  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility
  • United States Congress
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

Aviation Quarterly Vol. 2, 3 (Journal)

Contact information

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

Date

3rd Quarter 1976

Topic

  • Aeronautics
  • Space flight
  • Openings
  • Silver Hill Facility (Maryland)
  • Museums
  • Architecture
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Buildings
  • Budget
  • Restoration
  • Congressional Debates
  • Exhibitions
  • Museum architecture
  • Airplanes
  • Conservation and restoration
  • New Museums
  • Astronautics
  • Aeronautical museums
  • Facilities
  • Museum techniques
  • Space vehicles

Physical description

pp. 301-326

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