Last July the Drones Quilt Project was contacted by the Aviation Curator of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum expressing interest in exhibiting the DQP as part of their 2017 exhibit on drones. (See post from 4 Oct 16 on this site). He said that the Intrepid Museum was “endeavoring to show both sides of the armed drone controversy as equally as possible.” He went on to add that they felt “…that the power of the quilt project is exactly what they required to give this debate a level argument.”
However, in mid-March, 2017, the project was notified that the quilts would not be displayed after all, because there was no room for them in the museum’s drone exhibit.
It extremely disappointing that the museum has decided not to include the DQP. The exhibit will be seen by thousands of people, and now those people may never know about the illegal and immoral use of combat drones. This was a one of a kind opportunity to expose the public to another side—one that our government will never acknowledge. Hellfire missiles launched from combat drones are responsible for the murders of thousands of people.
It is difficult to believe that the decision to reject the project was truly based on a lack of space, and not because the exhibit is being sponsored by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), an aerospace lobbying body whose corporate supporters include a number of firms involved in U.S. weaponized drone systems production, including Honeywell International, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company and the Boeing Company. John R. Treichler, president of the IEEE Foundation board, is the president of the Raytheon Applied Signal Technology business unit. https://www.ieeefoundation.org/about/board/biographies