Designed to convey the awe of a visitor first walking into the world's largest showplace of aviation history, this autobiography headlines the incredible collections, both on view and behind the scenes, of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The official story and insiders' tales of the Museum are shared by its curators, the people who know it best. Spectacular photography and fascinating backstage glimpses show off the jaw-dropping collection, including well-known and beloved artifacts like Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 command module, as well as rare treasures not displayed to the public. For aircraft and spaceflight enthusiasts, for readers interested in science and technology, and for all who admire the civil and military legacy of aviation, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: An Autobiography is a welcome adventure.
Alex Spencer is the curator of British aircraft and military flight materiel at the National Air and Space Museum and will begin the program with an introduction to the book. Michael Neufeld is a curator in the Space History Division and will discuss the Museum’s history and collections while projecting some of the book’s remarkable photographs. Both will be available to sign books following the presentation. Books will be on sale at the talk, and both authors will be available to sign copies following the presentation.