National Air Museum Established

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Summary

President Harry S. Truman signs the Act establishing the National Air Museum (P.L. 722). The Act directs that, "the new museum shall memorialize the national development of aviation; collect, preserve, and display aeronautical equipment of historical interest and significance; serve as a repository for scientific equipment and data pertaining to the development of aviation; and provide educational material for the historical study of aviation."

Subject

  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Oehser, Paul H. The Smithsonian Institution. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970, p. 100.

Contact information

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

Date

August 12, 1946

Topic

  • Law
  • Aeronautics
  • New Museums
  • New Bureaus
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Legislation

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