Tuesday July 28, 1998
Claire Brown 202-633-2371
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"¡Arriba! The History of Flight in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean" opens Aug. 31 at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (Sixth Street and Independence Ave., SW). The exhibition, on display in the museum's "Hall of Air Transportation," runs through Nov. 30. It chronicles the development of aviation in a challenging environment where men and women test the products of the industry to extremes.
Featuring 35 rare photographs and eight detailed models, the exhibition takes its title from the Spanish word for "higher." Material in the show is arranged chronologically and reveals the little-known stories of the colorful individuals who gave flight to Latin America. Visitors will learn how "towering mountains, vast and impenetrable jungle reaches and ferocious weather made the development of aviation in Latin America both a necessity and a daunting challenge."
"¡Arriba!" covers topics such as early aviation pioneers, women aviators, military aviation and the development of commercial aviation, and celebrates Latin America's courageous aviation heroes.
"¡Arriba!" provides an introduction to Latin American aviation history. The exhibit text is in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
"Until this exhibition, only isolated displays in the museum were devoted to the subject of Latin American aviation," said exhibition curator Dan Hagedorn. While it is difficult to convey the enormous breadth of aviation history in the extremes of Latin American geography and culture, "¡Arriba!" will give visitors a well-rounded look at some truly outstanding aviators and the airplanes they have flown.
The National Air and Space Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Closed December 25) Admission is free.
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Note to Editors: Photographs are available.