Cessna C-180 "Spirit of Columbus"

50 years ago, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to pilot an aircraft around the world in the Cessna C-180 Spirit of Columbus, on display at the Udvar-Hazy Center in VA.

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Benjamin O. Davis Jr. in P-51

In the early days of aviation, African Americans were routinely denied access to training as pilots. Black Wings explores the challenges they overcame.

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Planet Venus

Our scientists use radar to peek below Venus' thick atmosphere and map its rocky surface. Find out more about this research.

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Spotlight Event

<em>The Great Picture</em>

"The Great Picture" Opens at Udvar-Hazy Center
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How Do Things Fly?

How Things Fly

Learn about the forces of flight in this online exhibition with fun activities.
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Repairing Hubble
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The Helldiver

Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver

Learn about our restoration of the "Battling Beast": The Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver.
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Wall of Honor

Wall of Honor at the Udvar-Hazy Center

The National Air and Space Museum's Wall of Honor is a permanent memorial at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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