Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

An Autobiography

Book - 2010
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"The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is both the world's largest aviation collection and - by many calculations - the most popular museum on earth, welcoming upward of 7 million visitors a year. ""Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum- An Autobiography"" provides the first and only complete history and behind-the-scenes tour of this great institution. Gorgeously illustrated and engagingly told, the Autobiography does full justice to the soaring museum and its treasures. Five chapters, written by museum curators who live and breathe the artifacts and their stories, reveal how closely intertwined the Smithsonian Institution and the Air and Space Museum have been with the fields of air travel and space exploration. Five hundred colour photographs and artworks, spanning the amazing century-and-a-half of flight development, evoke both the epic scale of these efforts and the very human-size detail on which every success must depend. Beginning with the early days of Smithsonian interest in powered flight, this exciting history culminates in the upcoming construction of a new wing of the Udvar-Hazy Center, commissioned because the museum's holdings and popularity simply overf
Publisher: Washington, DC : National Geographic, c2010
ISBN: 9781426206535
Branch Call Number: 629.1 NAT NEU
Characteristics: 399 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Spencer, Alex M.

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