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Hanging overhead and spanning the entire gallery is a single large aircraft: Voyager, which in 1986 became the first aircraft to fly around the world without stopping or refueling. Two huge murals symbolizing the Museum's dual themes of air and space cover the gallery's east and west walls and extend upward to the second-floor ceiling. The Space Mural: A Cosmic View by Robert T. McCall evokes the past, present, and future of the Universe. Earth Flight Environment by Eric Sloane depicts the more familiar realm of the sky and some of its weather phenomena.
This exhibition is on view in Gallery 108
Smithsonian Institution Photo
SI2006-11212, Mark Avino
First non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world.
On December 23, 1986, "Voyager" completed
the first nonstop, non-refueled flight around the world. A unique
aircraft constructed almost entirely of lightweight graphite-honeycomb
composite materials and laden with fuel, "Voyager" lifted
off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, at 8:01 a.m. on December
14, 1986. It returned nine days later at 8:05 a.m.
For their record-breaking flight, pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager,
designer Burt Rutan, and crew chief Bruce Evans earned the Collier
Trophy, aviation's most prestigious award.
Gift of Voyager Aircraft Inc.
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