WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Rolls-Royce, world leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, is pleased to help the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum (NASM) commemorate a significant milestone this year. Thirty years ago, the Museum opened its flagship building on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Rolls- Royce sponsored the Museum's Milestones of Air and Space Gala Dinner celebrating the Museum's 30th anniversary, which took place at the Museum last night. The evening highlighted 30 of the Museum's best-known air and space artifacts and the individuals who made them famous.
"This year -- 2006 -- marks 100 years of Rolls-Royce in the US," said James M. Guyette, President & CEO, Rolls-Royce North America Inc. "Partnering with the National Air and Space Museum to celebrate its 30th year in our 100th year seemed a wonderful way to honor our industry and its pioneers." Rolls- Royce engines power a number of the Museum's artifacts and the company has played a significant role in the history of flight.
Since opening in 1976, NASM has become the world's most popular museum, welcoming more than 250 million visitors to date. The Milestones of Air and Space Gala Dinner told the story of the Museum's unparalleled success. The evening featured some of the best-known names in aviation and space flight, along with many of those who helped create NASM's exhibits and research facilities -- those who have helped bring the Museum to life.
"The National Air and Space Museum is an American icon recognized the world-over," added Guyette. "We're honored to help this incredible institution celebrate this special year."
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Rolls-Royce and the National Air and Space Museum have partnered on a number of high profile projects over the years including: the opening gala at the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in December 2003; production of "Straight Up; Helicopters in Action" a large-format IMAX film which opened in 2003 and continues to tour the world; and the annual National Aviation Heritage Invitational, whose winner receives the Rolls-Royce Aviation Heritage Trophy, currently on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center. James Guyette currently serves on the Museum's Board of Directors.