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Back by popular demand: Black Wings exhibit at the National Model Aviation Museum

February 1 - March 31

The National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie, Indiana, will be hosting Black Wings:
American Dreams of Flight, a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, beginning the month of February in
celebration of Black History Month, and running through March 31. The exhibit was also open in
February 2018 at the Muncie museum and many enjoyed learning more about the history of AfricanAmericans in aviation.
The Wright brothers signaled the arrival of the new age of aviation with their historic flight in 1903—
sparking America’s new fascination with and exploration of flight. Although many African-Americans
were enthusiastic about flight, they faced racial discrimination and were denied access to formal
training to become pilots and mechanics. The Smithsonian traveling exhibition, Black Wings: American
Dreams of Flight, chronicles a powerful group of aviation proponents who challenged these obstacles
and created their own legacy in the world of flight.
Black Wings opened at the National Model Aviation Museum on February 1, 2019, and will be on display
February 1-March 31, 2019 in honor of Black History Month. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution
Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the exhibition
was made possible by the generous support of the MetLife Foundation. To learn more visit
The exhibition is based on the book Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation
and Space History. The exhibit was created by exhibition curator Von Hardesty of the Smithsonian
National Air and Space Museum.
The Smithsonian museum, located in Washington, D.C., maintains the largest collection of historic air
and spacecraft in the world. It is a vital center for research of the history, science, and technology of
aviation and space flight, and memorializes the national development of aviation and space flight. Learn
more online at
SITES has been sharing a wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of
people outside of the Washington, D.C., area for more than 65 years. SITES connects Americans with
their shared cultural heritage through a range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are
shown wherever people live, work, and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at
To learn more about upcoming events at the International Aermodeling Center, home of the AMA in
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), founded in 1936, serves as the nation’s collective voice for
approximately 180,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie,
Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreational and
educational purposes. For more information, visit

Back by popular demand: Black Wings exhibit at the National Model Aviation Museum


February 1
March 31
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Academy of Model Aeronautics
5161 E. Memorial Dr.
Muncie, IN 47302 United States
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