The Weird World of Folk Aviators

With his whimsical sculptures, Gregory Bryant celebrates early ideas about winged flight.

(Eric Long, NASM)

Gregory Bryant

(Carolyn Russo, NASM)

Bryant has been with the Museum since 1978, and with the Registrar's office since 1997. "The Registrar's office maintains the legal documentation that supports our title to the objects in our collection. My position," says Bryant, "gives me a comprehensive overview of our holdings, from 19th century Chinese kites, to our V-2 missile, to balloon memorabilia to artifacts from the space station."

Inspired by the folk aviators he has researched, in his spare time Bryant is writing a fantasy novel incorporating lighter-than-air concepts.

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