For the first time in more than 20 years, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has lowered Charles Lindbergh’s Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis” to the floor. The famous aircraft will remain on the floor at eye level for visitors to see for approximately five months while it undergoes preservation work before being suspended once again. [Read more…]
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.
Boeing is donating $30 million to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum to support the museum’s educational activities and exhibitions, including an extensive renovation of its main hall, “Milestones of Flight.”
On Dec. 17, 2003, America looked back a century to celebrate the first successful flight of a powered airplane. Ten years after the Centennial of Flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s achievement at Kitty Hawk is still inspiring creativity and provoking discussion. In time for this year’s anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is focusing a spotlight on its updated exhibition, “The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age.”