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The Musem's Boeing VC-137B (707-120/SAM 970) "Air Force One" being delivered to the Museum

Boeing VC-137B "Air Force One"

The first presidential jet plane, a specially built Boeing 707-120, is known as SAM (Special Air Missions) 970.

The Museum's Boeing WB-47E Stratojet landing at Boeing Field

Boeing WB-47E Stratojet

The B-47 Stratojet is one of the most important aircraft ever designed by The Boeing Company. It was the world's first...

The Museum's Bowers Flybaby 1A on display in the Great Gallery

Bowers Fly Baby 1A

The Fly Baby is the winning entry in the 1962 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Design Contest.

Peter Bowers flying the Bowers Flybaby Prototype

Bowers Fly Baby Prototype

The Fly Baby was the winning entry in the 1962 Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Design Contest. Designed and built by...

The Museum's Bowlus (Hawley) BA-100 Baby Albatross at the Restoration Center

Bowlus (Hawley) BA-100 Baby Albatross

The Bowlus BA-100 Baby Albatross glider was designed by sailplane designer Hawley Bowlus. (Mr. Bowlus earlier worked as a...

The Museum's Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk. 6 on display in the Great Gallery

Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk. 6

The F-86 Sabre, built by North American, is best known for its outstanding combat performance during the Korean War. First flown in 1947, the Sabre was the United States' first fighter to fly supersonic -- in a dive.

The Museum's Caproni Ca.20 on display in the Personal Courage Wing (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Caproni Ca.20

The Caproni Ca.20 was an aircraft ahead of its time in design, purpose, and armament.

A Cessna CG-2 Glider in flight

Cessna CG-2 Glider

In 1930, the Cessna Aircraft Company offered the public a chance to fly. For the price of $398, a CG-2 glider could be bought by catalog.

The Museum's Chanute-Herring 1896 Biplane Glider Reproduction on display in the Lobby

Chanute (Octave) 1896 Biplane Glider Reproduction

Octave Chanute was one of the great pioneers of early flight. In 1896, Chanute, Augustus Herring, and fellow flying...

The Museum's Concorde (G-BOAG) arriving at the Museum in November 2003


British and French aerospace companies collaborated to design and build 20 Concorde aircraft between 1966 and 1979.

The Museum's Curtiss JN-4D Jenny Reproduction on display in the Personal Courage Wing

Curtiss JN-4D Jenny Reproduction

The Jenny is one of America's most famous airplanes. Early versions of the Curtiss biplane were serving the U.S. Army before America's entry into World War I, flying in Mexico on the trail of Pancho Villa in 1916.

The Museum's Curtiss P-40N Warhawk (Photo by Heath Moffat)

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk

The Curtiss P-40 was obsolete at the outbreak of World War II, and despite continued improvements, never equaled the...