Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

NASM's unique Nakajima Kikka is now on display in the main hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center Features Two New Aircraft

In the damp, early morning darkness on March 15th, staff at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum wheeled two new exhibits out onto the main display hangar’s floor at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The museum’s unique, WWII-vintage Nakajima Kikka jet fighter and the recently acquired Sikorsky HH-52A Sea Guard helicopter of more contemporary pedigree had, until[Read More…]

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, posing in his spacesuit prior to the famed Apollo XI lunar mission. NASM has just crowd-sourced the funding to preserve his space suit. (photo via Wikipedia)

Neil Armstrong’s Apollo XI Space Suit

In a bold move, reminiscent and perhaps partly influenced by the Commemorative Air Force’s own hugely successful online fundraising efforts with ‘That’s All Brother’, the National Air & Space Museum has also dipped their toes into the crowd-sourcing arena with a Kickstarter Campaign of their own. Dubbed ‘Reboot the Suit’, the campaign is aimed at funding the painstaking project currently[Read More…]

A seemingly endless row of freshly retired CH-46 Seaknights as seen at AMARG in Tucson, Arizona in March, 2014. The last of the fleet is set to retire later  this year. (photo by Richard Mallory Allnutt)

CH-46 Sea Knight Retirement Ceremony at Smithsonian

With the CH-46 Sea Knight finally bowing out of service later this year, the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum is set to receive an example on temporary loan from the United States Marine Corps at a ceremony this August. Here are the preliminary details from NASM. We will be reporting more information as it becomes available. Press Release: Chantilly,[Read More…]

The Douglas D-558-II test force with the team behind it in 1952. (NASA photo)

NACA Centenary Symposium at Smithsonian March 3-4, 2015

Press Release: Before there was NASA, there was the NACA. On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A, “to separate the real from the imagined and make known the overlooked and unexpected” in the quest for flight. In 1958, the NACA’s staff, research facilities, and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA. Over Tuesday,[Read More…]

The Milestones of Flight entrance hall of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Among the visible aircraft are Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, Space Ship One, and Bell X-1. ( Photo via Wikipedia)

National Air and Space Museum Acquires Art, Objects Recalling Balloons of Early Flight Years

PRESS RELEASE – The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has acquired a collection of more than 1,000 works of art, prints, objects and other materials documenting early human flight, beginning with balloons.The museum announced this month that it has acquired the Evelyn Way Kendall Ballooning and Early Aviation Collection.The collection recalls the excitement at the first sights of colorful[Read More…]