Aerobatic Champions featured Betty Skelton's Pitts S-1C Little Stinker and Leo Loudenslager's Laser 200, both flown in world championship aerobatic competition. Both aircraft are on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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.
Standing at the end of a runway, Jeffrey Milstein captures images of aircraft moments before landing. Carefully positioned and using a high-resolution digital camera, he photographs them from below as they streak past at speeds up to 175 miles per hour.
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.