Law 722, signed by President Harry S. Truman, establishes
the National Air Museum as a bureau of the Smithsonian
Wright 1903 Flyer is added to the National
Air Museum collection. The aircraft goes on display in
the Smithsonian's Arts & Industries building.
authorizes construction of the new Air Museum building,
and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Public Law
85-935 approving planning for the new museum. Later,
Philip S. Hopkins is appointed director of the National
Law 89-509, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, amends
original Air Museum legislation to include the field
of space flight.