Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine Article

On June 28, 2016 the Washington Post published an article about finding the pliers beneath the main fuel tank in the original Spirit of St. Louis.

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It was very disappointing to see that the head conservator of the National Air and Space Museum was taking credit for the discovery that John had made while we were there in March 2015 during the time the original Spirit was on the floor.

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In speaking with the conservator after the article was published, he explained that the author of the article did not write what he had described.

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In speaking with the author of the article in the Washington Post, he explained that he had written what the conservator had said.

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So, there you go!  

Each individual pointing the finger at the other one in an effort to place blame on the “OTHER” guy.

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After having conversations with both entities and asking for a correction to be made … leaving it up to both of them to do the “right” thing … we were soon contacted by Heather Goss from the Smithsonian Air & Space magazine.  

She asked John for details about his discovery of the pliers, and although she was on a limited time frame (due to publishing deadlines) she wanted to get the REAL story out there.

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We appreciate the conscientious attention paid by the National Air and Space Museum in their capacity to preserve American History in an authentic and accurate manner.

Pliers found by John Norman on 26 Mar 2015

For those who might be interested in reading the article written by Heather Goss for the August 2016 edition, you can follow this link  ( click here ).

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To date, we have not been contacted by the Washington Post in any manner in order to make the corrections to their article.  I guess that just shows us who is the more honorable reporting agency between the two!

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The June 28th article by the Washington Post can be found here ( click here ).