The Douglas DC-7 was introduced by American Airlines on its New York–Los Angeles route in November 1953 and was the first airliner to provide nonstop transcontinental service in both directions. A total of 338 DC-7s of all types were purchased by 18 different airlines.
This nose section is from American Airlines' Flagship Vermont, which carried about 130,000 passengers in its nearly 13,500 hours aloft.
Gift of American Airlines
Credit: Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum