Chinese Vice Premier Teng Hsiao-Ping and his wife
Cho Lin visit the Museum to be awed by the Spirit
of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 command module that
took man to the moon landing in 1969.
Dr. Noel W. Hinners, noted scientist and space administrator,
is appointed director of the National Air and Space
The Museum acquires the gondola of the Double
Eagle II, the balloon that made the first Atlantic
crossing carrying Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and
Larry Newman on their historic flight.
"Living Planet," the Museum's second
large-format film, premieres.
astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin J. "Buzz Aldrin
Jr., and Michael Collins participate in a public
ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary of the
landing on the Moon. Visitors to the Museum during
the nine days during which Apollo 11 made its voyage
in 1969 view day-by-day actual coverage as it was
televised 10 years ago.
The Museum celebrated 40 years of jet aviation with
a public daylong symposium on October 26. Participants
are Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, first to successfully
operate a turbojet engine; Hans J. P. von Ohain,
developer of the engine for the first jet aircraft;
Najeeb E. Halaby, former head of the Federal Aviation
Administration and Pan American World Airways; John
E. Steiner, father of the Boeing 727; and Brig.
Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager, who was
the first man to travel faster than the speed of
sound in his Bell X-1.