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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 P-40 was not the fastest fighter and nobody ever claimed it was the best. But it had one priceless advantage over all...

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

There are no "correct" designs for Leonardo da Vinci's machines. There are only solutions based on different...

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

First flown in 1949, the British-made Comet was the world's first jet airliner to go into service. It was designed to give...

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

DG Flugzeugbau Perlan Glider

The Perlan: A Record-Setting SailplaneOn August 29, 2006, Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson flew a modified DG505m glider...

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 that wowed audiences with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for 13 seasons bucked the trend of "bigger is...

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

Douglas DC-2

The DC-2 was developed in 1933 when TWA and the Douglas Aircraft Company decided to increase the fuselage length of the DC-1...

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

Douglas DC-3

The first versions of the DC-3, called Douglas Sleeper Transports, began service with American Airlines in 1936. Demand for...

The Museum's Erco 415-C Ercoupe

Erco 415-C Ercoupe

First produced in 1940 by The Engineering and Research Corp. (Erco) the 415 Ercoupe was designed to be an easy-to-fly,...

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

Explorer One 1:1 Scale Model

Following the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik 1 on October 4, 1957, there was a frenzied effort by the United States...

The Museum's Fairchild 24W

Fairchild 24W

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.