Donations Energize NASM’s New GA Exhibit
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C., has accepted a $10 million donation from the Thomas W. Haas Foundation to help finance its new “We All Fly” exhibit, which will focus on general aviation. The exhibit also will include an aerobatic biplane flown by Sean D. Tucker. “The generous support from Tom Haas and the exciting addition to our collection of the Oracle Challenger III will help us showcase why aviation is so important to all of our lives,” said Ellen Stofan, museum director. “Sean Tucker’s aircraft will no doubt inspire future pilots and aviation professionals through the story of his amazing career.”
The new exhibit is scheduled to open in 2021. It will provide visitors an opportunity to explore a variety of people and fields within aviation, highlighting themes such as sport, private, business, humanitarian and utility flight. In addition to Tucker's Oracle Challenger, aircraft such as a Cessna 180, Gates Lear Jet and a Cirrus SR22 will be displayed. The exhibit will feature new educational interactive technology and engaging videos that will explore the valuable impact of general aviation on society and encourage the public to join in, NASM said in a news release.