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[i]If you're a fan of SpaceShipOne, the world's first privately developed manned spacecraft, it's pretty hard to beat last year's act at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., when the historic rocket plane was flown in for an appearance on the way to the Smithsonian. But today, AirVenture is unveiling a replica in its Oshkosh museum that can do something the original is no longer able to accomplish.[/i]
[i]SpaceShipOne was a favorite of aviation enthusiasts at last year's fly-in convention — they got to see the world's first successful civilian-built spacecraft, winner of the $10 million Ansari X Prize up-close and watch it fly.
While the original is now hanging in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., its sibling, SpaceShipOne, S/N #2, is in the EAA AirVenture Museum and will be officially dedicated at 9 a.m. Tuesday. It's likely to be a favorite, too.
"Since 1962, EAA has had a museum and we've grown to be one of the more wonderful aviation museums in the nation," said Adam Smith, museum director. But the SpaceShipOne exhibit will put the museum into new and uncharted territory.
"SpaceShipOne is meaningful to the whole museum," Smith said. "On Tuesday we will become an air and space museum, something we've never been before. And it's all because an EAA member had a vision..."[/i]
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