The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, June 21, 2018

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Opens "Pioneers of Flight Gallery"
Model airplanes, popular in the 1920's and 30's, are seen on display at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, after an overhaul of one of the museum's original galleries, the "Pioneers of Flight" exhibit. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery" opens to the public Nov. 19 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, replacing the original “Pioneers” gallery that opened in 1976. Updated with new research, it features a broader selection of artifacts and puts aviation and rocketry in the historical and cultural context of the vibrant era between World War I and World War II. The gallery profiles the individuals who pushed the existing technological or social limits of flight, and every aircraft or object in it represents an unprecedented feat, a barrier overcome—a pioneering step.

"Pioneers of Flight" highlights the first half of the 20th century, a time when flight technology rapidly advanced and military and civilian aviation grew tremendously. Aircraft racing and record setting captured headlines and African Americans began to break through the social barriers of flight. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight and his journeys with his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, captivated public attention. Amelia Earhart set records and was a powerful example for women. C.G. Taylor and William Piper produced an airplane for the common man. Robert Goddard and others tested rockets—the key to space travel—and launched rocket engineering.

"In addition to some of the most iconic artifacts in the museum’s collection, the gallery features a number of objects never before put on display, as well as rare archival documents," said Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey, director of the museum. "This comprehensive approach allows us to profile the pioneers themselves, and also shine a light on their historical achievements."

“The Hilton Foundation is pleased to sponsor the ‘Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery’ and its educational programming for children,” said Steven M. Hilton, president and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “Early-childhood education has long been a priority for our foundation. My father, Barron Hilton, was inspired by the excitement and adventure of flying when he was very young, and we hope this excellent new gallery will infuse future generations with the same passion to pursue their dreams."

The exhibition is divided into four sections: Military Aviation, Civilian Aviation, Black Wings and Rocket Pioneers. Each contains an impressive, eclectic assortment of aircraft and personal objects—such as 1930s African American pilot Chauncey Spencer’s flight suit—that belonged to the men and women behind these achievements. A number of the museum’s iconic aircraft are on display, including the:

• Fokker T-2 that made the first nonstop, coast-to-coast flight across the United States
• Douglas World Cruiser “Chicago,” which completed the first around-the-world flight
• Lockheed Sirius “Tingmissartoq” flown by Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
• Lockheed Vega flown by Amelia Earhart
• Explorer II high-altitude balloon gondola

"Pioneers of Flight" features several displays and activities for children. One of the main highlights of the exhibition is "Don’s Air Service," a hangar display with a touchable engine and wood propeller, airplane mechanics tools and an interactive gear wall where 3-to-8-year-old future airplane designers and engineers can have a hands-on learning experience. Gallery-based educational programs with a special emphasis on early childhood will be offered in this space, including story times, toys and dress-up stations and demonstrations, as well as live programming, a puppet theater and a monitor showing aviation-themed movie clips to stimulate children’s imaginations.

For older children, the exhibition offers digital interactive components that enable visitors to:

• Fly a mission with the Tuskegee Airmen
• Plan the first flight around the world and help the Lindberghs pack the “Tingmissartoq”
• Design a racer to enter in air races

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum | Gen. J.R. "Jack" Dailey | Steven M. Hilton | "Pioneers of Flight Gallery" |

Today's News

November 17, 2010

Cologne Fine Art & Antiques: Showcase Juxtaposes Works of Art from Different Cultures

Art Historian Michael Peppiatt Writes About Giacometti's Studio in New Book     

London's National Portrait Gallery Finds Relics of English King Richard II in Its Basement

Alexandra Munroe Named First Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim

Archaeologists in Egypt Unearth Twelve More Sphinx Statues Along the Ancient Avenue

Kate's Excellent Adventure: A Month at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry

Former President George Bush Breaks Ground on Presidential Center at SMU in Texas

Christie's to Offer One of the Finest Private Collections of Early 20th Century Decorative Art

Paris Louvre Asks Public for Help to Buy Lucas Cranach the Elder's Painting "The Three Graces"

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Opens "Pioneers of Flight Gallery"

New York Based British Photographer Adam Fuss Exhibits at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Swiss-Based Gallery, Artvera’s Gallery, Helps Crack Artwork Forgery Ring in Germany

Gift from Brody Estate Expected to Yield More than $100 Million for the Huntington

The Field Museum Announces Exhibition of the Machines that Helped Create the Modern World

Announcing the Winners of the Contemporary Art Society Annual Award for Museums, Commission to Collect, 2010

Falmouth Art Gallery Celebrates Top Artists at Ten Year Collecting Retrospective

British Rocker Selling Original Art from First 'Watchmen' Comic Book

Work to Begin on National Mall Levee

Hammer Museum Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 20 Days of Free Admission

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

Related Stories

Mrs. Obama to Donate Inaugural Gown to Smithsonian

Smithsonian Acquires Historic Food Coupons from USDA

Native Artists Explore Skin as a Subject at the Smithsonian

New Exhibition Hall Devoted to Human Origins to Open at Smithsonian

Plains Indian Artists Tell 19th-Century Stories through 'Ledger Drawings'

Smithsonian Exhibit on Commercial Holiday Displays

National Museum of the American Indian Opens "IndiVisible" Exhibition

National Portrait Gallery Announces Portrait Competition 2009 Awards

Smithsonian Plans to Open Human Evolution Hall

'Lion King' Costumes Headed to Smithsonian

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful