In the Museum: The Secretary’s First Impressions

The Secretary’s first impressions

On a tour of the National Air and Space Museum, Secretary Wayne Clough (at left) and Director Jack Dailey pause in a gallery showcasing the Wright Flyer. (Eric Long)
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Still, at the Udvar-Hazy Center, he couldn’t help noticing that a lot of high school kids were working as docents and helping to teach other students about the collection. “I think that’s really important,” he said. “A lot of the visitors to our museums are youngsters and they relate to youngsters.”

One of the surprises Clough encountered during his travels around the Smithsonian was at the Udvar-Hazy Center, where he tried his hand at the Wright Model B simulator. He found out that the Model B was a lot harder to fly than it looks; his performance, he said, was not impressive. And another surprise: As he struggled with the controls, the person giving instructions to the one-time university president was a high school student.

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