A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum traces the history of passenger air travel from the very beginning.
And that dates to the early attempts to start up airlines just a
decade after the Wright brothers made the first flight at Kitty
Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903.
The exhibit, "America by Air," opens Saturday. Interactive exhibits depict the early air service developed to carry U.S. mail and later wealthy business travelers, the coming of the jet age and the airlines' struggles after the government deregulated the industry in 1978.
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