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National Air and Space Museum

May 28, 2013

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is one of the world’s most popular museums with more than 8.2 million visitors in 2012. Its mission is to commemorate, educate and inspire visitors by preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight artifacts. The museum maintains the world’s largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft among more than 60,000 objects and serves the public through exhibitions, public programs, educational activities, publications and electronic outreach. It is also a vital center for historical research on aviation and spaceflight and related science and technology, and home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, which performs original research and outreach activities in planetary sciences.

 

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National Air and Space Museum

06/01/2014

Director: Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, USMC (Ret.)
Total Full-Time Employees: 285
Annual Budget (federal and trust) FY 2014: $26.7 million
Approximate Number of Artifacts/Specimens: 63,000

National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar Hazy-Center

06/01/2014

Director: Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, USMC (Ret.)
Number of Artifacts/Specimens: 7,716 aviation, 3,322 space and 1106 art
Visitors (2013): 1.3 million

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John Dailey

Director, National Air and Space Museum

Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four star general and pilot, assumed the duties of director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in January 2000.

John Dailey

John R. (Jack) Dailey

John Dailey

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

General John R. Dailey, Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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Boeing Aviation Hangar

Dane Penland, Smithsonian

Interior view of the Aviation Hangar of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in 2005. View is from floor level beneath the first-floor catwalk spanning the center of the space, looking south toward the Air France Concorde in far background. Large aircraft in foreground are the Boeing 367-80 (left) and the CASA C-352L (Junkers Ju 52/3m, right).

Milestones of Flight Gallery

Eric Long, Smithsonian

Milestones of Flight gallery at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.

Image Number: WEB11813-2011

National Air and Space Museum

Photo: Smithsonian

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall

Photo: Eric Long, Smithsonian

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of original, historic artifacts on display, including the 1903 Wright Flyer; the Spirit of St. Louis; the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch.

Image Number: WEB11495-2010

Space Shuttle Discovery

Dane Penland, Smithsonian

The space shuttle Discovery is the centerpiece of the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va.

Image Number: WEB12606-2012

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