|Flight suit from Cuban crisis goes to Smithsonian |
David Ecker holding a flight suit worn by his father, Commander William Ecker, who flew missions over Cuba, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at the museum in Washington. The suit worn by Commander Ecker who flew a reconnaissance mission over Cuba in 1962 that photographed nuclear missile sites under construction by the onetime Soviet Union, was donated Tuesday to the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum. AP Photo/Mark Avino, Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.
By: Brett Zongker, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP).- A flight suit worn by an American pilot who flew a reconnaissance mission over Cuba in 1962 that photographed nuclear missile sites under construction by the Soviet Union was donated Tuesday to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
The family of Navy Capt. William Ecker, who died in 2009, pulled the nondescript khaki flight suit from a family closet to make it a museum piece on the anniversary of his flight.
Photographs taken on Ecker's low-level flight over Cuba on Oct. 23, 1962, were used two days later by the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to help prove Soviet missiles were being stockpiled in Cuba. After nearly two weeks of extreme tension, the Cuban missile crisis was peacefully defused.
The suit has no military patches or labels with Ecker's name because he was flying a secret mission. If his RF8 Crusader jet had been shot down, the Navy wanted to be discreet. So Ecker carried only a prisoner-of-war card in case he was captured, the pilot's son, David Ecker, said.
While the museum has spy planes from the era in its collection, this is its first personal artifact from the missile crisis, said curator Alex Spencer. He hopes to display it eventually in the Naval aviation gallery.
Ecker's flight was featured in the movie "13 Days," recounting the Cold War standoff 50 years ago involving then-President John F. Kennedy and the Soviet premier, Nikita Khrushchev.
Ecker, who spent much of his life in the Washington area and was a volunteer at the museum, also wrote a memoir, "Blue Moon over Cuba," before his death. It was published in August.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
October 24, 2012
Louvre museum in Paris seeks $1 million to buy precious 13th-century statuettes
"Explosion! The Legacy of Jackson Pollock" opens at The Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona
Exhibition of marble and bronze sculptures by Fernando Botero opens at Marlborough Gallery in New York
The Prado Museum is presenting Portrait of a Man, recently attributed to Velázquez
Sotheby's London to sell the Ronald Horton / Derek Ancil Collection of pictures by Edward Seago
Gagosian Gallery opens new exhibition space at Le Bourget in the north of Paris with "Morgenthau Plan"
Milwaukee Art Museum acquires Lanford Wilson Collection of self-taught art
Center premieres first major Anthony Caro exhibition in US in nearly forty years
Brilliant but still misunderstood: Scottish Colourist George Leslie Hunter at the Fleming Collection
Menno Meewis, Director of the Middelheimmuseum in Antwerp, dies at age 58
Experienced consultant Noémie Bonnet appointed Executive Director of Asia Week New York
Medieval sword captured from Mamluk arsenal in Alexandria during last Crusade for sale at Bonhams
Auckland Art Gallery announces artist Kate Newby as winner of the Walters Prize 2012
The White House Years Of Robert S. McNamara brings in more than $1 million at Sotheby's
Flight suit from Cuban crisis goes to Smithsonian
Georgia Museum of Art exhibits lovers' eyes
BMW Guggenheim Lab to open in Mumbai December 9
Assaf Shaham, winner of the Constantiner Photography Award, exhibits at the Tel Aviv Museum of Ar
South African photographer Alfred Kumalo, who depicted apartheid, dies at age 82
Take Another Look! Exhibition on view at the Demuth Museum
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt
2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner
3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction
4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million
5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson
6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery
7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum
8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation
9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard
10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach
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, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|