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ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2006 | From the Washington Post
The Boeing Co. is giving $15 million to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. The gift, the largest corporate gift in Smithsonian history, will go to the expansion of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the museum's Virginia annex. The Udvar-Hazy complex will hold 220 airplanes and has giant spacecraft, such as the shuttle Enterprise. * FINALLY Contract renewal: "Today" co-host Matt Lauer will stay on the NBC news show until 2011, earning around $13 million a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
The California Science Center will soon begin construction of an aircraft hangar for the space shuttle Endeavour, the museum's president said. The hangar will be built northwest of the state-run museum, near downtown Los Angeles, Jeffrey N. Rudolph, president of the science center, said. Construction is scheduled to begin in a couple of weeks. The temporary climate-controlled home will allow the museum to make Endeavour available for public viewing within weeks of its arrival in the fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2007 | From the Associated Press
It's a mystery even for researchers at the Smithsonian Institution: What happened to the huge crowds at the National Air and Space Museum? The estimated number of visitors to the museum plunged to about 5 million in 2006 from a six-year high of 9.4 million in 2003, according to the latest attendance report from the museum complex. And the decline has been far sharper than that of the overall Smithsonian, which includes 18 museums and the National Zoo.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Big Apple will have to wait a few more days for its space shuttle to arrive. The retiring space shuttle Enterprise was supposed to arrive Wednesday, but bad weather delayed the plans for a dramatic New York City flyover. (The flyover was originally supposed to happen Monday, but an unfavorable forecast scuttled those plans, too.) NASA said Wednesday that the rendezvous could now take place Friday -- Mother Nature permitting. The highly anticipated flyover comes as the space shuttle heads into retirement at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum this summer in New York City.
TRAVEL
December 7, 2003 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
Some of the world's best-known aircraft are headed for the National Air and Space Museum's cavernous annex, opening Dec. 15 just south of Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Va.
NATIONAL
April 18, 2012 | Richard Simon
Cheers broke out from crowds gathered on the National Mall. Workers peered out windows and looked up from sidewalks. Motorists pulled to the side of the road to catch a glimpse of the spectacle: The space shuttle Discovery piggybacking on a modified 747, flying low over the monuments of the nation's capital before landing at Dulles International Airport on the way to its permanent new home with the Smithsonian, at the National Air and Space Museum's...
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Air Lease Corp., the Century City aircraft-leasing firm, has placed a $9-billion order for Airbus jetliners. The deal, based on aircraft list price, includes an order for 25 A350 XWB wide-body passenger jets, which compete with Boeing Co.'s grounded 787 Dreamliner. Air Lease also ordered 14 smaller A321neos. Airbus announced the deal Monday. "The A350 XWB family is becoming the industry benchmark for efficiency in the long haul segment, and the A320neo family is ideal for airlines operating short-to-medium-haul missions," Air Lease Corp.
BUSINESS
September 30, 1999 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Aviation businessman Steven F. Udvar-Hazy is giving the Smithsonian Institution its largest donation ever--$60 million--for a new air and space exhibit facility at Dulles International Airport near Washington. The money will be used to kick off a $230-million fund-raising campaign for the facility in suburban Virginia, museum officials said.
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