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  • 'To Fly!' still soars: Air and Space Museum opened in 1976 with film's first screening

    Scheduled for a one-year limited run when it opened during the Ford administration, the modest 26-minute Imax film "To Fly!" has become an unlikely Washington institution, one that shows no signs of crashing back to earth anytime soon.

  • "To Fly" traces the history of aviation, from the early days when trains and horses were means of travel through balloons and hang gliders, the early biplanes, military jets and space travel. (Courtesy of MacGillivray Freeman Films)

    'To Fly!': Air and Space Museum opened in 1976 with film's first screening

    Ezekiel, the top-hatted balloonist, has recited his "little poem" on the glories of flight and barely missed the white church steeple more than 20,000 times now. He has called out his warning of white water ahead to the unsuspecting canoeist far below for 36 years. Before giving way to hang gliders, barnstorming pilots and the Navy's Blue Angels flight team, his silver balloon with the four American flags attached to the gondola has soared above the rolling green Vermont hills and churning, roaring Niagara Falls every single day the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum has been open.

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