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

Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery

The people who pushed the technological or social limits of flight during the 1920s and 30s.

This gallery contains an impressive, eclectic assortment of aircraft and exhibits. A common theme unites them: all have to do with people who pushed the existing technological—or social—limits of flight. Each aircraft or exhibit represents an unprecedented feat, a barrier overcome, a pioneering step.

Things to see here include the Fokker T-2, the airplane that made the first nonstop, coast-to-coast flight across the United States; the Douglas World Cruiser Chicago, which completed the first round-the-world flight; a Lockheed Sirius flown by Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and a Lockheed Vega flown by Amelia Earhart; the Explorer II high-altitude balloon gondola; and "Black Wings," an exhibit on African Americans and aviation.

Location in Museum

Museum in Washington, DC
January 1, 1979
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