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Currently on view at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC:
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Art of the Airport Tower explores contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in the United States and around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This display area contains the Apollo Lunar Module, Lunar Orbiter, Surveyor, Ranger, and Clementine spacecraft.
Modern military UAV's are playing an ever greater roll in the armed forces, from reconnaissance to combat missions.
Moving Beyond Earth traces the recent history of human spaceflight and explores future possibilities.
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.
The 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first successful airplane, serves as the centerpiece of this exhibition, which tells the story of how Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane.
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This exhibition gallery memorializes the men and air machines of World War II.