In 1974 the director of the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution (Moon Astronaut Michael Collins) ,under construction at the time, asked me to design and donate ammunition displays for the various halls of the museum which would display war planes. Only one was finished before the opening deadline July 1976. This display in the WW2 hall shows aircraft ammunition for five countries ; The United States, Great Britain , Italy , Germany and Japan and reflects weapons used on aircraft in the collection in that hall. The project director ,the late Wayne Markov of Norton Ohio , inerted all of the specimens for the display. Several ICCA( IAA predecessor) members contributed specimens and efforts including WOODIN LAB , FLETCHER MONDLOCH , DAVID WALSH ,HAL LOWE , PAUL VAN HEE , CHARLES YUST , PETER LABBETT , PAT BURNS, CLIFFORD SCHISLER and others who may have to remind me. The majority of the specimens were donated by CRITTENDEN SCHMITT ARCHIVES . The display has been very popular with veterans and has been seen by more people than any other ammunition display in history. The NASM , Washington DC, is the most visited museum in the world.
The Schmitt family enjoys the display which is located next to the display of the DOOLITTLE TOKYO RAIDERS which includes the General’s many decorations.