Exhibitions

Visit our Museum and other popular Smithsonian destinations on the National Mall in Washington, DC, or visit our Udvar-Hazy Center in nearby Chantilly, VA.

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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.

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The Bucker Bu-133C Jungmeister at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

America by Air

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.

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Douglas DC-3 in America by Air
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Apollo to the Moon

Apollo to the Moon tells the historic story of human exploration of the Moon by the United States.

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Apollo 11 Photograph - Buzz Aldrin
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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.

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Tracking and Data Relay Satellite at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

Since the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk, men and women have had to break both physical and psychological barriers to flight. In these historic aircraft, individuals strived to claim their place in aviation history.

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"Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery"
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

The Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall showcases historic aircraft and spacecraft that illustrate how aviation and space exploration have transformed the world.

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Wallpaper: Spirit of St. Louis
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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.

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Lear Jet Model 23 at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Clouds in a Bag

The invention of the balloon struck the men and women of the late 18th century like a thunderbolt. The objects in this exhibition provide a sense of the wonder and excitement experienced by those who witnessed the birth of flight over two centuries ago. 

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Decorative Fan from the Kendall Collection
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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.

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Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Commercial Aviation

Flying was new and daring in the early years of the 20th century. Traveling by airplane was rare. Airlines, airliners, airports, air routes—none of these existed. But by century's end, you could travel to almost anywhere in America by air in a matter of hours. Commercial aviation is now both a commonplace and an essential aspect of modern life. It has revolutionized the world.  

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Concorde at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Upcoming Exhibition
National Tour: October 2017 Permanent Show: 2020 #DestinationMoon

Destination Moon

Join the Smithsonian Institution as we relive the greatest adventure of all time. Destination Moon will commemorate the achievements of the early space program in a new, state-of-the-art traveling exhibition and a permanent gallery at the Museum in Washington, DC.

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Apollo 11 Boot Print
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Early Flight

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.

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Curtiss Model D "Headless Pusher"

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