Video: Flash mob performs at Air & Space Museum


Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center were treated to a surprise holiday performance by The U.S. Air Force Band Dec. 2. The four-minute performance featured original arrangements of Greensleeves and Carol of the Bells led by the band’s commander and conductor Col. Larry H. Lang. Surprised museum visitors watched as instrumentalists started playing in front of Space Shuttle Discovery and then moved to the Boeing Aviation Hangar to join the rest of the band’s more than 100 members, where the drummers played and vocalists burst into song from the museum’s balconies. The crowd gave an enthusiastic ovation when the performance ended.

Groups from The U.S. Air Force Band will perform at the National Air and Space Museum as part of the Smithsonian’s Holiday Festival, Dec. 6‒7.

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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