About the Author
The Smithsonian Institution is the largest museum complex in the world, and its National Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular sites in Washington, D.C. Its galleries showcase the spectrum of flying machines from the 1903 Wright Flyer to SpaceShipOne. The museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, is the most visited tourist attraction in the state.
About the Book
Title: “The Smithsonian Book of Air and Space Trivia”
Author: Smithsonian Institution
On-Sale Date: April 8, 2014
As we enter our fourth year of publication, our staff and I are continually looking for more ways to provide you, our readers, with relevant, insightful and interesting reading. One of the new ways we plan on doing this is to provide you with an occasional review of a new book that might be worth your money and your time. The book may be technical in nature or just informative, but in all instances it will be relevant to aviation.
Do you know who was the first person to dine in space? How long was the Wright brothers’ first successful flight? What toy based on an animated film accompanied astronauts on a shuttle mission in 2000? The answers to these questions and many more are answered in “The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia”. This book will prove to be a real brain teaser for the most seasoned aviation and space trivia buff. It is more fun than a text book, but just as informative.
“The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia” is a playful examination of the fascinating history of aviation and space exploration. It asks and answers questions about everything from the “firsts” to the “bests” to everything in between.
Even the most avid aviation buffs and most knowledgeable lovers of space exploration can learn a thing or two from this read. Who earned the nickname “Muttnick?” What were the first airplanes to successfully circle the globe? What did the letters TWA originally stand for? These questions and many more are posed and answered in “The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia”.
Many of the questions asked and answered are accompanied by more than 125 photos from the Smithsonian’s vast collections. “The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia” is a fun way to inspire the aviation historian and trivia buff in all of us.