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SPACE — The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is an absolute must-visit for anyone interested in aviation. The museum has exhibits pertaining to some of the most important aviation moments in the history of mankind.
They have an exhibit of the Spirit of St Louis: the plane Charles Lindbergh used on the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight. They have the Concorde, Fox Alpha, Air France: the commercial jet that would fly from New York to London in just under three hours. There is a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird: the world's fastest jet-propelled aircraft that was used during the Cold War. They even have the Mercury Capsule 15B, Freedom 7 II: the capsule that flew Alan Shepard, the first American in space, across the stars.
With all of this rich history, it seems obvious that this video would come up. I mean, it was inevitable that this would happen. In fact, I'm surprised it took the Smithsonian this long to add an X-Wing Fighter to its hallowed halls.
Adam Savage, better known as one of the Myth Busters, recently visited the Smithsonian and got a sneak peek at an upcoming exhibit showing off a screen-used X-Wing from the "Star Wars" franchise. At first, it seems crazy that a movie prop from a space opera will be in the Air and Space Museum, but when you break it down it actually makes a lot of sense.
The Smithsonian shows off history, and what is pop culture today often becomes history tomorrow. That is exactly what has happened to "Star Wars." The sci-fi movie many were not ready to take a chance on in the '70s is now a part of the American zeitgeist and a part of culture around the world. Like it or not, "Star Wars" is a part of American history now and has changed movies and entertainment forever. It has even inspired technological advances over the years.
I don't explain it very well, but Margaret Weiteka, curator and department chair of the Space History Department at the Smithsonian, explains in the video why the X-Wing belongs in the museum, and she makes a pretty great argument.