Air & Space/Smithsonian, a bi-monthly
magazine from the Museum, debuts and its first issue
is mailed to 260,000 subscribers (March 21).
at Earth, a major new gallery opens to the
public. From a camera-carrying pigeon to the U-2
reconnaissance plane, the gallery encourages visitors
to explore the history of aerial and orbital views
of Earth (May 8). "Earth Views," an art
exhibit opening in conjunction with the new gallery,
displays a collection of 89 artworks selected from
more than 600 entries from artists throughout the
"On the Wing," the Museum's fifth
large-screen film celebrating flight in all its
forms, opens as part of the Museum's 10th anniversary
celebration. One of the most unusual "flyers"
in the film is an electronically controlled replica
of the giant pterodactyl Quetzacoatlus northropi.
Dr. James C. Tyler, associate director of the Smithsonian's
National Museum of Natural History, is appointed
acting director of the Museum.
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the birth
of Count Gianni Caproni, aircraft designer and leader
in Italian aviation, the Museum displays a 1911
Caproni CA 9 aircraft, the first Italian passenger-carrying
aircraft and its first mass-produced military aircraft
A full-scale replica of a Tracking and Data
Relay Satellite (TDRS-1) is featured in a
new display in Space Hall (November 20).