Aviation history adds to the richness of this industry and thanks to the efforts of Sen. Goldwater and the leaders of the Smithsonian, the artifacts of that past are well preserved in two marvelous temples in Washington, DC.
The most recent keeper of the National Air & Space Museum on the Mall and the Udvar Hazy Center at Dulles is Gen. Jack Dailey. The Wings Club is deservedly recognizing the Director with its Distinguished Acheivement Award. At a time when the Smithsonian is under tremendous cost-cutting pressures and the eelemosynary budgets of aerospace manufacturers and airlines are at a minimum, the General has done a good job of balancing the difficult demands to reduce expenses and to increase cash. Few are aware of the behind-the-scenes battle over where the Discocery Shuttle should go upon retirement, but that war being fought before NASA and under the “helpful guidance” of Congress was won by this Marine aviator, whose primary hangar is on Independence Avenue these days.
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