Exhibitions

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
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50 Years from Tranquility Base

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while their colleague Michael Collins orbited overhead. This case, installed for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, contains artifacts from that historic journey

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Explore the Universe

Explore the Universe examines how our ideas about the Universe evolved as we developed new astronomical instruments.

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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.

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How Things Fly

How Things Fly explains the basic principles that allow aircraft and spacecraft to fly.

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