Of Air and Space

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Discusses the role of the Smithsonian in the history of flight; including Dr. Langley's Aerodrome experiments. Brief discussion of the history of the establishment of the National Air Museum and the subsequent creation of the National Air and Space Museum. Planning and design of the new building, and a description of the exhibits and facilities are included. Highlights of the opening in July 1976.


  • Langley, S. P (Samuel Pierpont) 1834-1906
  • National Air and Space Museum


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

National Geographic Vol. 153, 6 (Journal)

Contact information

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


June 1978


  • Airplanes
  • Law
  • Flight
  • Aeronautics
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Space flight
  • Galleries
  • Museum buildings
  • Langley Aerodrome
  • Openings
  • Langley Aerodrome Tests
  • Exhibitions
  • Rockets (Aeronautics)
  • Astronautics
  • Space vehicles
  • Museum exhibits
  • Legislation

Physical description

pp. 819-823

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