Architecture: Airborne Museum

There are museums for just about everything these days, from insects to reconstructed New England whaling ports. For pure magnitude, nothing matches the problems of a museum for the aerospace age. When the private Air Force Museum Foundation approached Kevin Roche, 42, a partner in Eero Saarinen & Associates, to build a new museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, they wanted a structure in which the ten-engine B-36 jet and pusher-prop driven bomber, largest plane ever used operationally, would look right at home.

The solution, revealed last week, was...

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