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Currently on view at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Lunar Exploration Vehicles
This display area contains the Apollo Lunar Module, Lunar Orbiter, Surveyor, Ranger, and Clementine spacecraft.
Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)
Six modern military UAVs that represent a variety of missions and technologies.
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 Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age
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.
Views of Africa
This collaboration with the National Museum of African Art presents an exploration of diverse perspectives of the Earth, focusing on the dynamic landscapes of Africa.
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World War II Aviation
This exhibition gallery memorializes the men and air machines of World War II.