On Miniature Wings: Model Aircraft of the National Air and Space Museum will open May 1 at the Florida International Museum

St. Petersburg Florida (April 19, 2002) – The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and The Florida International Museum present On Miniature Wings: Model Aircraft. This exhibition celebrates the rapid advancement of aviation in this century and reflects the breadth and quality of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum's renowned collection of aircraft models. For the first time ever, twenty-five aircraft models toured the nation in a traveling exhibition. Florida International Museum will be the final venue for this eleven-city tour. The exhibit continues through July 7, 2002.

On Miniature Wings presents visitors with the roles aircraft models have played during the past hundred years. This exhibit shows how scaled model aircraft were put to a wide variety of uses; assisting aerodynamic experiments, supporting wartime aircraft recognition training programs, documenting feats of aviation engineering, advertising the services of the airline industry, and providing an unlimited realm for the hobbyist. Countless future pilots, designers, and aviation enthusiasts were introduced to aeronautics by building and flying model airplanes.

To complement the exhibit, The Florida International Museum will also be offering summer workshops for children's school and camp groups from June 10 through July 5. Please call the museum at (727) 822-3693 ext. 295 to reserve a spot.

On Miniature Wings: Model Aircraft of the National Air and Space Museum has been organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Service (SITES). The exhibition has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Tamiya America, Inc., the Smithsonian Institution Educational Outreach Fund, The Hearst Foundation, the Academy of Model Aeronautics and the Radio Control Hobby Trade Association.

In addition to the permanent Kennedy Collection and Cuban Missile Crisis: When The Cold War Got Hot, the Florida International Museum currently features Norman Rockwell's 322 Saturday Evening Post Covers, which continues through June 16.

Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors 65+ and college students, $6 for students 6-18 and children under 6 are free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and noon to 5 pm Sunday. Last entry to the museum is 4 pm daily. Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

For more information please contact the Florida International Museum at (727) 822-3693 or view the museum’s website at www.floridamuseum.org.

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The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and St. Petersburg Times.