National Air Museum Begins Operations

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The National Air Museum begins independent operations. The aeronautical collections of the United States National Museum, numbering about 3,500 specimens, are transfered to the Air Museum along with pertinent records and files. The staff of the former division of aeronautics of the National Museum, consisting of a curator and a clerk-stenographer, are also transferred.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1948. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, p. 4.

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


August 1, 1948


  • Aeronautics
  • New Bureaus

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