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Flying for Fun

June 30, 1978 – Closed

Air and Space Museum
601 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Location: Special Exhibitions, Gallery 104, 1st Floor, West Wing

Enjoyment of flight can come in many forms, even without a pilot's license, as the objects in this exhibition illustrate.

On view are:

  • Boomerangs: 3-bladed "throwing stick", a King Billy's Hook, an R-shaped one, and one that does not return
  • Plastic Flying Disks: numerous contemporary models, as well as their predecessor, a baking tin from the Frisbie Pie Company
  • Kites: one donated to the Smithsonian in 1876 by China, a 3-foot test model used by Secretary Langley, and one used by the weather bureau for almost 40 years
  • Hang Gliders: brightly-striped Cumulus 10 Rogallo-wing and a Valkyrie fixed-wing model
  • Sailplanes: a Schweizer I-35A and an Arlington Sisu 1A

Also, a hot-air balloon, model aircraft built as a hobby, photographs, documents, and silent films are included.