Air & Space Museum receives $6 million pledge

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum received a $6 million pledge from Anne and Travis Engen to support preservation and conservation of the museum’s collection.

This contribution will establish a permanent endowment for a Chair in Conservation and a post-graduate fellowship program that will enable the museum to expand and enhance its conservation efforts. The Engens’ gift is made as part of the Smithsonian Campaign, which launched publicly Oct. 20.

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Reel Stuff Salute to Heroes at Air Force museum

DAYTON, Ohio — A celebration of our nation’s military veterans will be the focus of film presentations in the Air Force Museum’s giant screen theatre on Saturday, Nov. 8.

The Reel Stuff Salute to Heroes will feature five screenings followed by a distinguished speaker, including three decorated World War II and Vietnam combat veterans on stage to share their experiences with the audience.

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Restored 747 prototype now open to public at Museum of Flight

Prototype 747

SEATTLE — The first Boeing 747 was never an airliner. For more than 25 years it was used by Boeing for flight tests until the plane was retired and grounded in the 1990s, then moved to The Museum of Flight years later.

Now, after nearly two years of restoration, the aircraft’s mysterious cabin is open to the general public. Tours of the Jumbo Jet are offered every day until Oct. 31, and are free with admission to the museum.

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Bud Anderson to speak at Museum of Flight Saturday

SEATTLE — Bud Anderson, Fighter Ace, veteran, co-author of “To Fly & Flight-Memoirs of a Triple Ace,” and member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, will speak at the Museum of Flight about his experiences in combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe, World War II, and his 30 years of military service. The presentation will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater.

Anderson has flown over 100 types of aircraft and logged over 7,000 hours in the air. Brigadier General Chuck Yeager once called Anderson, “The best fighter pilot I ever saw.”