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Curator of Modern Military Aircra...

the Smithsonian
Local Address: Burke, Virginia, United States
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center 4210 Silver Hill Rd.
Suitland, Maryland 20746
United States

Company Description: The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum and research complex -- includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total...   more
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Education

  • USAF Academy
  • doctorate degree
    University of South Carolina
  • master's Degree
    University of South Carolina
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Potomac Books - Dik Alan Daso
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Dik Alan Daso
Dik Alan Daso, Ph.D., is the curator of modern military aircraft at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. A retired Air Force pilot, he has logged more than 2,700 hours of flight time in various aircraft, including the F-15. He also taught history at the United States Air Force Academy and served as chief of Air Force doctrine at the Pentagon. Daso is the author of Architects of American Air Supremacy: Gen.
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10 Questions and Photos for ...
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10 Questions and Photos for Smithsonian UAV Curator/Fighter Pilot Dik Daso
"The conservation staff has performed ...
www.airspacemag.com, 1 July 2011 [cached]
"The conservation staff has performed their initial evaluation of the Helldiver," says Dik Daso, the Museum's curator of modern military aircraft, "and the results are encouraging; the preservation treatment will most likely be straightforward. The only unknown is the condition of the engine. "The initial examination revealed exterior corrosion," says Daso, "some of it extensive and in hard-to-reach places, which requires that the engine be removed from the aircraft and disassembled.
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"The conservation staff has performed their initial evaluation of the Helldiver," says Dik Daso, the Museum's curator of modern military aircraft, "and the results are encouraging; the preservation treatment will most likely be straightforward. The only unknown is the condition of the engine. "The initial examination revealed exterior corrosion," says Daso, "some of it extensive and in hard-to-reach places, which requires that the engine be removed from the aircraft and disassembled.
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National Air and Space Museum curator Dik Daso notes, "The JRS-1 was developed from the S-43 design, but the two designations should not be mixed to imply they are the same.
Welcome to the Aero Club of Washington
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High Flying Board Member, Dik Daso, Helps Bring Tuskegee Stearman to DC.
Dik Daso, National Air and Space Museum liaison to the Aero Club of Washington, has been working for more than two years to find a World War II aircraft flown by the famous Tuskegee Airmen. On August 2nd that airplane, a PT-13D Stearman that flew at Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama, arrived in DC. The links below will take you through the entire story. The aircraft is now part of the collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport until 2014.
IMAGE LEFT: Dik Daso and USAF Captain Matt Quy before strapping on this PT-13D Stearman for the trip from Moton Field to Washington DC
"Basically it needed to be plowed ...
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"Basically it needed to be plowed flat and strengthened," says Dik Daso, curator of modern military aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum. At night, with no machines, Allied airmen and Serbian peasants cleared boulders and filled in potholes. "Using ox wagons, the peasants would go to the nearby stream bed, get rock and sand, and bring the stuff up the hill to the runway site, in this never-ending daisy chain," says Daso.
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