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Currently on view at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC:
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Edinburgh Airport

Art of the Airport Tower

Art of the Airport Tower explores contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in the United States and around the world.

Boy Asks Question of Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew

Moving Beyond Earth

Moving Beyond Earth traces the recent history of human spaceflight and explores future possibilities.

Douglas DC-3 in America by Air

America by Air

America by Air explores the history of air transportation in the United States and shows how the federal government has shaped the airline industry, how improvements in technology have revolutionized air travel, and how the flying experience has changed.

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Glenn and Gagarin Spacesuits in Space Race

Space Race

Space Race describes the U.S.-Soviet space rivalry and its aftermath, from the military origins of the Space Race, through the race to the Moon and the development of reconnaissance satellites, to cooperative efforts to maintain a human presence in space.

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Sopwith Snipe (7.F.1)

Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air

This exhibition contrasts the popular perceptions of World War I aviation with the war's harsh reality. The gallery also reviews the enduring legacy of strategic bombing, which was first introduced during World War I. Planes include SPAD XIII and Albatros D.Va.

Wittman "Chief Oshkosh"/"Buster"

Golden Age of Flight

This gallery features the planes, personalities and aviation events that marked the years between the two world wars. Included are the Wittman Buster, Beechcraft Staggerwing, Curtiss Robin Ole Miss, Hughes H-1 Racer, and Northrop Gamma Polar Star.

McDonnell FH-1 (FD-1) Phantom

Jet Aviation

This gallery tells the story of the first 40 years of jet aviation (1939-79). Featured are a Messerschmitt Me 262 (world's first operational jet fighter), Lockheed XP-80, and McDonnell FH-1 Phantom.

Curtiss Model D "Headless Pusher"

Early Flight

This gallery resembles an indoor aeronautical exhibition of 1913 and covers the birth and early years of the air age. Planes on display include the 1909 Wright Military Flyer (world's first military airplane), the Ecker Flying boat, a 1911 Curtiss Pusher and an 1894 Lilienthal glider.

Lunar Orbiter

Lunar Exploration Vehicles

This display area contains the Apollo Lunar Module, Lunar Orbiter, Surveyor, Ranger, and Clementine spacecraft.

Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless

Sea-Air Operations

Sea-Air Operations features a reproduction of a carrier hangar deck. Artifacts include the Boeing F4B-4, Grumman FM-1 Wildcat, Douglas Dauntless SBD, and Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.

Voyager Aircraft at the Smithsonian's National Air and

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