Aviation and Space Museums of America by Jon L. Allen

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Also in the Arts and Industries Building is a most comprehensive bookshop, containing titles on every branch of aeronautics, astronautics, aerial warfare, and space flight. An aviation enthusiast could start a respectable library during a single visit, and there are posters, models, and dozens of souvenirs for sale. Between the Arts and Industries Building and the Air and Space Building stand a row of missiles which easily catch the eyes of the more than two million people who visit the Smithsonian every year.

Actually, two aircraft were unloaded from the ship but one was lost in the Delaware River. The Arado is a single-engine float plane which was carried aboard battleships and cruisers for reconnaissance and observation. S. ships during the latter part of World War II. S. ) is WILLOW GROVE NAVAL AIR STATION 53 Schamhorst and other capital ships. The one at Willow Grove known to have operated in the North Sea and North Atlantic where the Prince Eugen accounted for the sinking of more is than half a million tons of Allied shipping.

S. Air Force and Air National Guard units also conducting flying operations there. The base was acquired in 1941 when the Navy purchased Pitcairn Airfield from Harold Pitcairn, creator of the autogiro. Additional acreage was purchased in 1957, bringing the total to about 1000 acres. Some 6000 reservists use the base every month. The nine aircraft displayed are particularly interesting, especially those of German and Japanese manufacture. One is an Arado AR-196-A-1 from the German battle cruiser Prince Eugen which was saved before the ship left Philadelphia for the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests after World War II.

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