Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA

Today's Hours: 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Phone: 703-572-4118

Exhibitions

Currently on view at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA:
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Transformer: Optimus Prime

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye!

Small exhibit featuring historic Transformers toys, aviation- and Jetfire-related characters, and props used in the major motion picture Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a portion of which was filmed at the Museum.

Cosmos Phase II ultralight

Ultralight Aircraft

The concept of gliders propelled by small engines emerged in the 1920s, but didn't rise in popularity until the 1970s. The ultralights on display include Cosmos Phase II, which appeared in the movie Fly Away Home.

Arado Ar 234 B Blitz at the Udvar-Hazy Center

World War II German Aviation

While the German Luftwaffe demonstrated early successes in the use of airpower during World War II, and spurred many technological advancements, faulty military strategy and mismanagement of aircraft development programs ultimately led to its downfall.

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Applications Satellites

In the tense years of the Cold War, applications satellites evolved down two separate paths: one devoted to national security needs, the other to civilian interests.

Manned Maneuvering Unit

Human Spaceflight

The Human Spaceflight exhibition station illustrates one of the great achievements of the modern age as nations have developed the technology for human spaceflight.

Loon Missile

Rockets and Missiles

Learn how rocketry got a boost in the 20th century, altering warfare and taking humans into space.

Vega Solar System Probe Bus and Landing Apparatus at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Space Science

Learn about the broad range of science performed by vehicles that travel into the Earth's atmosphere and beyond. The relatively young field of space science ranges from Earth observation to planetary exploration to astronomy and astrophysics.

Bell XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Vertical Flight

Helicopters come closer than any other aircraft to achieving the birdlike freedom humanity has always envied. Learn about the history of helicopters from the first rotary-wing aircraft (autogiro) to the XV-15.

The Bucker Bu-133C Jungmeister at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Aerobatic Flight

Millions of spectators watch aerobatic demonstrations each year, but it isn't all just for show. Aerobatic flying has influenced major advances in aircraft technology and military pilots develop aerobatic maneuvers to improve fighter tactics.

Lear Jet Model 23 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Business Aviation

See examples of business aircraft ranging from small, propeller-driven airplanes for shorter hops to fast, well-appointed "bizjets" that can fly internationally nonstop.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

Cold War Aviation

Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War resulted in a competition to create advanced technologies aimed at gathering intelligence. Aerial reconnaissance played an important role, and the Lockheed SR-71 was a a direct result of this struggle for supremacy.

Concorde at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Commercial Aviation

Aircraft that helped make commercial aviation a commonplace and essential part of modern life.

Piper J-3 Cub at the Udvar-Hazy Center

General Aviation

Learn about the history and aircraft that are part of general aviation, the civilian aircraft not flown by commercial carriers or the military.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15bis "Fagot B" at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Korea and Vietnam Aviation

Learn about America's first swept-wing jet fighter, the F-86 Sabre, and its arch rival, the Soviet MiG-15. You'll also find out how helicopters came into their own during these conflicts.

Nieuport 28C.1 at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Pre-1920 Aviation

When the airplane transformed from an exciting new invention to a machine of practical utility.

Grob 102 Standard Astir III at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Sport Aviation

It's not for military, commercial, or business — sport aviation is all about flying for pleasure. Learn about gliders, homebuilts, ultralights, and more.

<em>Enola Gay </em> at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

World War II Aviation

Aircraft demonstrating some of the major technological advancements during World War II.