Air and Space Museum’s ‘Milestones of Flight’ gallery begins two-year renovation

April 3, 2014 2:00 PM

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Air and Space Museum’s ‘Milestones of Flight’ gallery begins two-year renovation

Peter Jakab, chief curator of the museum, recounted how the“Milestones” exhibition, with many aircraft suspended from the ceiling, was created to “wow” visitors from the moment they entered the museum. Museum goers entered and saw “The Spirit of St. Louis” in the same foyer as the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, what Jakab calls, “An awe-inspiring visual experience meant to signal you are about to have one of the most exciting museum experiences in your life.”

But after nearly 40 years, aesthetics have changed, as well as knowledge and financing of space travel. Iconic symbols that were once part of the American collective consciousness have become less familiar to visitors.

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