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EA-6B Prowler flies over the Museum of Flight

Grumman EA-6B Prowler

The Grumman (now Northrop Grumman) EA-6B Prowler is an electronic warfare aircraft that was operated by the U.S. Navy and...

The Museum's Grumman F-14A Tomcat at NAS Oceana, Virginia, in 1976

Grumman F-14A Tomcat

The failure of the General Dynamics F-111B to meet U.S. Navy requirements for an advanced carrier-based air-superiority...

The Museum's Grumman F9F-8 (F-9J) Cougar on display in the Great Gallery

Grumman F9F-8 (F-9J) Cougar

The F9F Cougar is the swept-wing variant of its forerunner, the F9F Panther -- Grumman's first jet fighter plane. As MiG-15s...

A Heath Parasol

Heath Parasol

Edward Heath, born in 1888, received most of his engineering training at Chicago's Lane Technical High School and in the...

A Howard DGA-15P in flight

Howard DGA-15P

The Howard Aircraft Corporation made its name with high-profile racing successes in the mid-1930s. The most famous Howard...

The Insitu Aerosonde Laima on display in the Great Gallery

Insitu Aerosonde Laima

"Aerosonde" is a trademarked name of an autonomous aircraft developed by InSitu, Inc. (later manufactured by Aerodonde,...

The Lamson L-106 Alcor Glider in flight

Lamson (Alcor) Glider

The Alcor sailplane was one of the first sailplanes in the U.S. made of composite materials. Other innovations, like a...

A Lear Fan 2100 in flight

Lear Fan 2100

The Lear Fan 2100, a radical two-engine pusher prop-jet made almost entirely from composites, was Bill Lear's final project....

A Learjet 23 on the 30th anniversary of the plane

Learjet 23

William Powell "Bill" Lear wasn't an aeronautical engineer when he started the Learjet project around age 60. He was an...

The Museum's Letov LF-107 Lunak Glider on display at the Restoration Center

Letov LF-107 Lunak Glider

The Czech aerobatic glider LF-107 "Luňák" (or "Kite") was designed by Rudy Letov and further developed by a group of...

A Lilienthal (Otto) Glider in use in Germany

Lilienthal (Otto) 1893 Glider Reproduction

German inventor Otto Lilienthal is considered to be one of the greatest airman of the nineteenth century. Starting in 1891,...

The Museum's Constellation on display in the Airpark

Lockheed 1049G Super Constellation

The elegant Lockheed Constellation was born from requirements put forth in 1939 by Howard Hughes for Transcontinental and...