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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 Fieseler Fi 103 on display in the Great Gallery

Fieseler Fi 103 "V1"

On June 12, 1944, under the codename Operation Eisbär (Polar Bear), Nazi Germany unleashed a new type of weapon against...

The Museum's Fokker D.VII Reproduction (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Fokker D.VII Reproduction

Most experts agree that the Fokker D.VII was the finest single-seat fighter plane of the war. Designed by Reinhold Platz, the prototype was called the VII and

The Museum's Fokker D.VIII Reproduction (Photo by Heath Moffatt)

Fokker D.VIII Reproduction

The Fokker D.VIII was the firm's final and most advanced design of World War I. Designed by Fokker's great engineering...