Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

One-half left front view of Waldo Waterman's Whatsit tailless aircraft, registration no. X12272, parked in a neighborhood backyard, Van Nuys, California, c.1932. The Whatsit is now in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum (inventory number A19500099000).

Collection Item Long Description:


  • Aeronautics
  • Airplanes
  • Research aircraft

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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Circa 1932

Repository Loc.

National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division, MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560



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