Dr. Dominick Pisano

Curator Emeritus

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Dom Pisano

Dr. Dominick A. Pisano earned a BA from The Pennsylvania State University, an MS from Catholic University, and a PhD in American studies from George Washington University.

During his time at the Museum, he was involved in numerous research and writing projects, as well as collections management, exhibitions, and service to the public.

He is the author of To Fill the Skies with Pilots: The Civilian Pilot Training Program, 1939-1946, published by the University of Illinois Press in 1993, and reprinted by Smithsonian Institution Press in 2001. He is coauthor (with Tom Dietz, Joanne Gernstein, and Karl Schneide) of Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air, published by the University of Washington Press in 1992. He is the editor of The Airplane in American Culture, a book of essays published by the University of Michigan Press in 2003. He is coauthor (with Robert van der Linden and Frank Winter) of Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1: Breaking the Sound Barrier (New York: Abrams, 2006). He contributed Chapter 3, titled “The Long Road to a New Museum,” in Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: An Autobiography (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2010).

He is currently at work on a book titled "To Slip the Surly Bonds of Earth": A Cultural History of Aviation in the United States, 1910-1939.

Dr. Pisano retired in 2015 and is now a curator emeritus.

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