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Boeing Supports Air and Space

April 3, 2014

Big news for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum: they’re getting a big donation from airplane manufacturer Boeing, along with new artifacts and exhibits. The museum announced in a release that Boeing is donating $30 million to “support the museum’s educational activities and exhibitions.” Among those exhibitions is an extensive renovation of its main “Milestones of Flight” hall, which will be completed in 2016, the 40th anniversary of the museum and the 100th anniversary of Boeing. In the renovated hall, which will be renamed the “Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall,” as a thank you to Boeing, there will be “key artifacts” that “tell multiple stories” about the history of flight and Boeing. Artifacts include the Ryan NYP “Spirit of St. Louis,” the Bell X-1 “Glamorous Glennis,” the Mercury “Friendship 7,” the Apollo Lunar Module, and, for all you Star Trek nerds, a model of the “Starship Enterprise” used in the T.V. show. (dcist)

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