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Since 1903, when the Wright brothers embarked on their inaugural flight, leaps and bounds have been made in our ability to conquer the skies, propelling ourselves to new heights while continuing to push the boundaries of aeronautical development.
The new exhibition highlights selected artifacts through the presentation of various propeller designs, an array of engine types, and even an entire next-generation aircraft — the Embry-Riddle Eco Eagle, the world’s first direct-drive, hybrid-gas/electric aircraft — altogether representing many eras in aviation history. This display has been made possible through the extensive collection on loan from Embry-Riddle, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
Embry-Riddle students, faculty, and staff are admitted free to the Milestones in Aviation exhibit, tours, and lectures with Eagle ID card, and always receive free museum admission.
Through the years, MOAS and Embry-Riddle have shared many fruitful collaborations, including students volunteering during museum events, professors delivering thought-provoking lectures in the Planetarium, and the development of a three-dimensional poster exhibition of celestial objects with the university’s Physical Sciences Department.
“As an alumnus and trained pilot from Embry-Riddle, I feel extremely privileged to be curating this exciting exhibit for MOAS,” said MOAS Curator of Astronomy, Seth Mayo. “We hope to inspire children and adults alike on the wonders of aviation technology through the amazing collection we have chosen from my alma mater. This is truly a passion project for me.”
The curation of the Milestones in Aviation exhibition is the most ambitious partnership to date, striving to expand on the rich history of aviation that has made flight ubiquitous in everyday life. The artifacts on loan not only help tell an interesting aviation story, but also serve as a reminder of the influence that Embry-Riddle has on aviation advancement through its cutting-edge research and in training pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, engineers, and professionals working in …