Hap Arnold’s charisma had persuaded Congress to authorize a National Air Museum. His dowry of aircraft provided by the United States Air Force had also made this the best-endowed museum of aviation in the world. For the Smithsonian he had created a quagmire of problems.
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- 1.Committee on House Administration, Subcommittee on Libraries and Memorials, United States House of Representatives, 91st Congress, 2nd Session, “General Hearings: Smithsonian Institution—General Background—Policies, Purposes, and Goals from 1846 to Present” (July 21, 1970), 173, 185. See also, Mike Wallace, Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory (Temple University Press, 1996), 287–8.Google Scholar
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