In 1908, Wilbur Wright flew the first public exhibitions of a Wright Flyer in France. It wasn't long before aviation meets began thrilling crowds of spectators with races, altitude records, climbing and diving, and dramatic turns. Developing aerobatic maneuvers helped the military improve fighter tactics and aircraft technology.
Today, aerobatic flight remains an exhilarating type of flying in which a pilot performs precision maneuvers. Civilian pilots fly aerobatics for fun, competition, or air show performance. Military pilots use aerobatic flight for combat tactics. Millions of spectators watch aerobatic demonstrations each year at air shows. Aircraft used for aerobatics range from barnstormer-style biplanes to the latest military fighter jets.
This exhibition is on view in the Boeing Aviation Hangar
View a list of major objects on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.