Author Archives: The National Air and Space Museum

Enterprise Studio Model Back on Display

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The studio model of the Star Trek starship Enterprise is now on exhibit in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. After taking it off exhibit in 2014, assembling a special advisory committee, examining it using x-ray radiography, searching out long-lost photos, and planning the work in great detail, months of hard work culminated in several   …Continue Reading


Celebrating 40 years: Highlights from1996-2006

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This is the third installment of our Celebrating 40 series, featuring highlights from the decade. The year 1997 started strong with a visit from Charles “Chuck” Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier. Yeager returned on the 50th anniversary of his record-breaking flight, taking pictures in his Bell X-1 Glamorous Glennis. When Yeager   …Continue Reading


Celebrating 40 Years: Highlights from 1986 to 1996

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The District of Columbia officially declared July 1 to be the National Air and Space Museum Day in 1986 to celebrate the Museum’s 10th anniversary. From collecting aircraft with supersonic speed to receiving our 175 millionth visitor, a lot happened in the ten years that followed. This blog will explore a few of the Museum’s   …Continue Reading


Field Report from the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program

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I’m snatching moments to write this from Chile, sitting on the floor of the airport, or bouncing up winding mountain roads in a van. I’m here as an Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador, with eight other ambassadors. I’m on my way to see some of the greatest observatories in the world and to experience Chile’s   …Continue Reading


Celebrating 40 Years: Highlights from 1976 to 1986

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For more than four decades, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has celebrated the greatest achievements in aviation and space history. When the Museum’s building in Washington, DC opened in 1976, President Gerald Ford reminded the Museum’s first visitors about the remarkable technological advances made within the century. “The story of powered flight is   …Continue Reading