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Tom Crouch

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Tom Crouch is Senior Curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the National Air and Space Museum. Since 1974, he has served both the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in a variety of curatorial and administrative posts. Tom has written several award-winning books, including Eagle Aloft: Two Centuries of the Balloon in America and The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville. His other works include Bleriot XI: The Story of a Classic Airplane; A Dream of Wings: Americans and the Airplane, 1875-1905 and several other notable publications. Throughout his career, has also played a major role in planning exhibitions and managing museum collections. President Clinton appointed Dr. Crouch to the Chairmanship of the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board, an organization created to advise the Centennial of Flight Commission on activities planned to commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight. Tom is now completing his latest book, Lighter than Air: A Concise History of Balloons and Airships.

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