Transformation (America by Air Gallery)


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The National Air and Space Museum Building on the National Mall

National Air and Space Museum in DC

The National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC opened on July 1, 1976. At the ribbon cutting, President Gerald Ford called the Museum “a perfect birthday present from the American people to themselves.” The opening was one of the highlights of America’s Bicentennial Celebration.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

The Center features two massive hangars. The ten-story-high Boeing Aviation Hangar displays aircraft hanging at several levels, angled as if in flight. Larger, heavier aircraft are displayed on the floor. Multi-level walkways rising some four stories high provide a wide variety of perspectives from which to view the aircraft and spacecraft on display. Glass cases display thousands of smaller items. 

Paul Gerber facility.

Paul E. Garber Facility

Known as “Silver Hill” when it opened in a Maryland suburb of Washington, DC of the same name, the Garber Facility came to house the ever-expanding collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and other artifacts. One building was dedicated to a large shop where collections specialists worked to preserve treasured artifacts.