Blog 2: Early Flight, Past Exhibition – Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Early Flight has closed as part of the Museum’s renovation. Learn more about the project to transform the National Air and Space Museum.
Details about the closed exhibition, as well as the original exhibition description, can be found below.
Early Flight celebrates the first decade of flight by evoking the atmosphere of an aviation exhibition from that period: the fictitious Smithsonian Aeronautical Exposition of 1913. The gaily decorated gallery is crammed with fabric-covered aerial vehicles, some fanciful, most real, along with trade show–style exhibits featuring cutting-edge technology of the day.
Gracing the gallery is a rare 1894 Lilienthal glider, along with Samuel P. Langley’s Aerodrome #5 and Quarter-Scale Aerodrome, powered, unmanned vehicles that successfully flew in 1896 and 1903. Early Flight also features the most original and complete of the Museum’s three Wright airplanes, the 1909 Wright Military Flyer, the world’s first military airplane. Other treasures include a Curtiss Model D “Headless Pusher,” an Ecker Flying Boat, and a Blériot XI monoplane. (…)
Taken from: https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/early-flight/
READ ABOUT THIS INTERESTING EXHIBITION, VISIT THIS MUSEUM VIRTUALLY AND SEE THE GALLERY . THEN, ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND PARTICIPATE WITH YOUR COMMENTS!
- Why do you think humans are so fascinated with the idea of flight?
- In what ways do you think air travel will change in the future?
- Are there any pioneers in other fields that you admire? Give your reasons.