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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.

A Curtiss P-40C Warhawk American Volunteer Group markings

Curtiss P-40N Warhawk

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

The Museum's Curtiss-Robertson Robin C-1 on display in the Great Gallery

Curtiss-Robertson Robin C-1

The Curtiss Robin was designed for private owners. Conventional in many ways, the Robin was popular because it had an unusually large, enclosed cabin

The Museum's da Vinci Il Cigno Interpretation on display in the Lobby

da Vinci Il Cigno Interpretation

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was one of the great minds of the Renaissance. Although most famous for his contributions to...

The Museum's deHavilland D.H. 106 Comet Mk. 4C in its Mexicana livery and British registration number

de Havilland D.H. 106 Comet Mk. 4C

The de Havilland Comet was the world's first jet airliner, designed to overtake the American lead in air transports...

Perlan Sailplane in flight, Omarama, New Zealand, July 2002 - Powers Unlimited

DG Flugzeugbau Perlan Glider

On August 29, 2006, Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson flew a modified glider to a record-setting altitude of 50,727 feet...

The Museum's Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II on display in the Great Gallery

Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II

The nimble and speedy A-4 Skyhawk bucked the trend of "bigger is better." In 1952, Douglas designer Ed Heinemann, who had...

The Museum's Douglas DC-2 on display on the East Lawn

Douglas DC-2

The DC-1 was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1932 in response to TWA's (then Transcontinental & Western Air)...

The Museum's Douglas DC-3 on display in the Great Gallery

Douglas DC-3

Following the success of the DC-2, newly formed American Airlines approached the Douglas Aircraft Company in 1934 about a...

The Museum's Explorer One Model on display in the Lear Gallery

Explorer One 1:1 Scale Model

Explorer 1 was the first successful satellite of the United States, launched on January 31, 1958. It is credited with the...

The Museum's Fairchild 24W

Fairchild 24

The Fairchild F-24 is a truly classic aircraft in its field. Built in the 1930s and 1940s as an economical and easy-to-fly touring aircraft, the F-24 became the plane of choice for many Hollywood stars including Robert Taylor, Tyrone Power, Mary Pickford, and Jimmy Stewart.

The Museum's Fiat G.91 Pan on display on the South Lawn

Fiat G.91 Pan

The Fiat G.91 was designed in the mid-1950s to meet NATO requirements for a tactical fighter and ground support aircraft.