The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is both the world's largest aviation collection and - by many calculations - the most popular museum on earth
Authors and editors all serve as curators at the National Air and Space Museum and several are published authors- Michael Neufeld, chair of the division of space history at NASM; Tom D. Crouch, aeronautics senior curator; Ted Maxwell, senior scientist; aeronautics curators Alex Spencer, Dominick Pisano, and Dik Daso; and Bob van der Linden, chair of the aeronautics division. General John R. Dailey (USMC, Ret.) is the Director of the National Air and Space Museum and recently former Associate Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He served 36 years in the United States Marine Corps, served two tours in Vietnam, and has earned numerous decorations for his service in the Marine Corps and NASA.
"Informative as this work's text is, visuals are its preeminent value: with about 700 color and black-and-white photographs, it will absorb aviation browsers and could well incite pilgrimages to the museum." --Booklist
"The most popular museum in the U.S. has a pedigree in flight extending back to the Civil War's observation balloons, a history this volume celebrates." -Booklist