The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012
The National Air and Space Museum presents “Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012," a temporary exhibition presented in partnership with the National Museum of the Marine Corps; it opens to the public Jan. 14 and closes Jan. 6, 2013, to coincide with the national observance of the centennial.
The Marine Corps Art Program was started in 1942. Its mission: to keep Americans informed about what “their Marines” were doing at home and overseas. Managed by the National Museum of the Marine Corps, the collection has grown to include more than 350 artists and more than 8,000 works of art. The strength of the collection rests on the authentic and unvarnished focus these works have on people under the most trying of circumstances—war.
“Fly Marines!” presents a broad selection of works from this collection that document the history of Marine aviation. The exhibition also includes several works and artifacts from the collections of the National Air and Space Museum.