Air and Space gets new director

In Brief

June 14, 1996

WASHINGTON -- Retired Vice Admiral Donald M. Engen was named yesterday to be director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Engen, 72, is a former Navy test pilot and head of the Federal Aviation Administration. He will assume his new duties in early July.

His predecessor, Martin Harwit, resigned in May 1995 after protests by World War II veterans over the way the museum had planned to depict the atomic bombing of Japan in 1945.

Engen was appointed by Smithsonian Secretary I. Michael Heyman, who called him "the person to lead the Air and Space Museum into the future."

The institution, which celebrates the 20-year anniversary of its opening on July 1, is the most visited museum in the world, drawing more than 8 million in 1995.

Pub Date: 6/14/96

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