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Aviation treasures returning to National Air & Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum has been closed for a while to reboot with two dozen new exhibits. At least eight of the galleries are set to open this autumn.

One of those returning soon is The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age, an update of the popular exhibition of the equal call that has housed the 1903 Wright Flyer due to the fact that 2003.

As a preview, the museum shared pix of a number of the artifacts we’ll see while the showcase reopens and pointed us to aviation-themed treasures in the vaults.

12 seconds. That is how long Orville Wright’s first powered flight in the 1903 Wright Flyer lasted. The Wright Brothers used this stopwatch to time the December 1903 flight. The watch may be on display within the reimagined Wright Brothers exhibition.


Once the Wright Brothers confirmed how ‘easy’ it turned into to fly, it didn’t take long for the general public to end up excited by airplanes and plane-themed things. And for flight subject matters to appear on earrings, in games, and in art.

Here are a few splendid gadgets from the National Air & Space Museum’s series that we are hoping we’ll see whilst the galleries reopen. See you there!

(All pics courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum)

Board Game, Lindbergh, King Collection (A20040289048).
Pillbox with an aircraft on the lid
Gold-colored small rings appeal inside the shape of an early monoplane with a seen fuselage frame and propeller that spins.

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