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The sculpture, a dramatic accent to the grounds of the museum depicts Dr. Ride in her Space Shuttle In-Flight Suit. The statue, titled “The First American Woman in Space“ is a gift to the Museum. The project’s title sponsors are the Matson Family Foundation, Peter Diamandis: on behalf of the XPRIZE Foundation, and Maria Shriver.
On May 10th, 2021, Former NASA Astronaut Bill Shepherd from Babylon, teamed up with the Cradle to introduce “The New Age of Space” addition to the Museum’s Space Gallery.
2020 is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center, with one of the most extensive collections of World War II aircraft and artifacts, is taking a look back at the aircraft and the people that made a difference in ending the war, including the “Yes We Can” Rosie the Riveters, who continue to inspire a generation of careers for women in STEM.
A Grumman F-11A Tiger in Blue Angel colors greets visitors as they enter the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
The Cradle of Aviation Museum's Reckson Center Visitor Atrium