Instruments and Avionics

The success of aviation has often been due to technologies that are often invisible to the casual observer. Aircraft instruments and aviation electronics (avionics) have played crucial roles in the safety, reliability, and efficiency of flight. They are essential for maintaining control and managing performance, as well as navigating and communicating. Equipment in these categories ranges from simple barometric altimeters to sophisticated radar systems, autopilots, and bombsights. The majority of the National Air and Space Museum instrument and avionics collection is centered on innovations before 1950 and is unmatched by any other in the world. Standouts include hundreds of instruments evaluated by the National Bureau of Standards between the World Wars, a remarkable grouping of historic firsts produced by the Sperry Gyroscope Company and another from the Aircraft Radio Corporation. Also featured are an extensive collection of war prize material illustrating the technological innovations of Germany and Japan during World War II.

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  • Simple Altimeter
    Country of Origin: France
    Manufacturer: L. Hatot
    Credit Line: Gift of Major R.L. Maughan.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
  • Tachometer, SPAD XVI (Mitchell)
    Country of Origin: France
    Manufacturer: TEL
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Engine & Fuel
  • Altimeter, French, Military, Jules Richard, SPAD XVI (Mitchell)
    Country of Origin: France
    Manufacturer: Jules Richard
    Credit Line: Transferred from the War Department
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
  • Variometer, Balloon, H.C. Gray
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
  • Venturi and Indicator, Turn, Sperry
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
  • Recorder, Air Distance
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Credit Line: Gift of The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Navigational
  • Compass, Creagh-Osborne, USN Mark II, Sperry
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Credit Line: Gift of The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Navigational
  • Compass, Creagh-Osborne, Mark ?, Sperry
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Navigational
  • Inclinometer, Clarke Incidence
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
  • Indicator, Drift
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Credit Line: Gift of The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Navigational
  • Indicator, Banking
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management
  • Inclinometer
    Country of Origin: United States of America
    Manufacturer: The Sperry Gyroscope Co.
    Type: INSTRUMENTS-Flight Management

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