"In Plane View," an exhibition of 56 large-format photographs by Carolyn Russo showcasing the aesthetic quality of some of the National Air and Space Museum's iconic aircraft, will be on display March 21, 2008 through Jan. 2, 2009.
More than 150 objects from the historical collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History were on view at the National Air and Space Museum while American History was closed for renovation.
Representing the breadth of American history, the objects reflect four areas of American experience: Creativity & Innovation, American Biography, National Challenges, and American Identity. Highlighted objects include Dorothy's ruby slippers, Kermit the Frog, Abraham Lincoln's top hat, Lewis and Clark's compass, Custer's buckskin coat, the Greensboro lunch counter, Thomas Jefferson's bible, and Edison's light bulb.
Earth from Space explained how satellite imagery is gathered and used to expand our understanding of life on Earth. Much like the pictures that appear on an ordinary computer monitor or television screen, satellite data are made up of pixels, or individual picture elements.
Earth from Space presented views of the planet few have witnessed with their own eyes: the swirling arms of a massive hurricane, the grid-like pattern of stripped Bolivian farmland, the triangular shadows cast by the Great Pyramids, the sinuous bend of a Venetian canal. Earth from Space also contains a powerful selection of images showing recent events such as the tsunami-devastated regions of the Pacific.
This exhibit showcased some of the 4,250 objects in the Museum’s art collection: paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramic and textile items, jewelry, and other works. The artists represented ranged from those who specialize in aerospace themes to some of the most familiar names in 20th-century American art: Howard Chandler Christy, Norman Rockwell, James Wyeth, Robert Rauschenberg, Alexander Calder.
At the Controls gave visitors an opportunity to view the cockpits of a number of the aircraft and spacecraft in the National Air and Space Museum collections. Many of these historically significant craft are one of a kind, others are well known, even by non-aviation buffs, for significant events in mankind's travel through air and space history.
Aerobatic Champions featured Betty Skelton's Pitts S-1C Little Stinker and Leo Loudenslager's Laser 200, both flown in world championship aerobatic competition. Both aircraft are on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
This exhibition featured 32 vintage European aviation posters. Created primarily to entice spectators to air meets, these rarely found posters document the marketing of early flight from its infancy (1880s) to the beginning of World War I (1915).
Drawn from the collection of the Allen Airways Flying Museum in El Cajon, Calif., "Looping the Loop" also was supported by the scholarship and expertise of aviation historian Henry Serrano Villard (1900-1996).