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America by Air Reimagined

“Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the ‘ocean of air’ laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world.” —L. Welch Pogue

“America by Air” will emerge from the Museum’s multi-year transformation campaign refreshed with a new layout, improved graphics, interactives, and several new artifacts including the Lincoln-Standard H.S. and the Huff-Daland Duster. The exhibition will continue to trace the history of air transportation in the United States and explore how the federal government shaped the airline industry and how improvements in technology have revolutionized air travel, changing the flying experience.

The exhibition is scheduled to close mid-2018 and will reopen in approximately 2021. Learn about all the ways we're transforming the Museum


Eight major commercial airlines contributed gifts in support of the "America by Air" exhibition including:

American Airlines
Delta Air Lines
United Airlines

Alaska Airlines

Frontier Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines
Spirit Airlines


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    America by Air Artist Rendering

    Visitors to "America by Air" will see new artifacts like the Lincoln-Standard H.S. and the Huff-Daland Duster. 

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    "America by Air" Entry Rendering

    Many of visitors' favorite artifacts will remain like the Boeing 747, Douglas DC-3, and the Ford Tri-Motor. 

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    "America by Air" Reimagined

    The layout of the exhibition, graphics, and interactives will all be updated to improve the visitor experience. 

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    "America by Air" New Experiences

    Visitors will have new interactive ways to explore the history of air transportation.

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