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"Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall" Reopens at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

June 28, 2016

The National Air and Space Museum will reopen the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” July 1 in conjunction with the museum’s 40th anniversary. Several of the museum’s most iconic artifacts will remain on view, and new ones have been added. 

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Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Apollo Lunar Module

Apollo Lunar Module in Milestones Hall

Mark Avino / Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

The Apollo Lunar Module displayed as a centerpiece below the “Spirit of St. Louis” in the newly renovated Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

Photo by Mark Avino / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

 

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Interactive Wall

Interactive exhibit wall

Eric Long / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Interactive Wall 

The 16-by-12-foot interactive wall is part of the National Air and Space Museum’s new GO FLIGHT digital experience. Visitors to the museum in Washington, DC, will interact with the wall in the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.” It will allow them to more easily find the artifacts they want to see during their visit.

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Mercury “Friendship 7” and Gemini IV

Spacecraft on display in Milestones Hall

Eric Long / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Mercury “Friendship 7” and Gemini IV 

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: North American X-15

Aircraft on display in Milestones Hall

Eric Long / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

North American X-15 

North American X-15 on display in the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” at the Museum in Washington, DC. The X-15 was the first winged aircraft to attain hypersonic velocities of Mach 4, 5 and 6 (four to six times the speed of sound) and to operate at altitudes well above 30,500 meters (100,000 feet).

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis”

Plane on display in Milestones Hall

Photo by Eric Long / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis” 

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: SpaceShipOne and Bell X-1

Artifacts on display in Milestones Hall

Eric Long / Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

SpaceShipOne and Bell X-1 “Glamorous Glennis” 

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Starship Enterprise on Display

Enterprise model in case

Photo by Eric Long /Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Studio Model of Starship Enterprise 

The studio model of the Starship Enterprise from the original Star Trek series underwent an extensive restoration, which was completed in May 2016, and is now on view in the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall” at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Telstar1

Telstar satellite on display

Eric Long / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Telstar 1 

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Viking Lander

Milestones Hall with Viking lander in foreground

Mark Avino / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

View of the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall with Viking Lander in the foreground.

Photo by Mark Avino / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

 

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall: Wind Tunnel Fan

Large fan mounted to wall

Eric Long / Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

NACA Wind Tunnel Fan (NACAWindTunnelFan.jpg)


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