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.

Some of the aircraft that marked important points in the evolution of air transportation are on display here: a Junkers Ju 52/3m, a popular German airliner of the 1930s; a Boeing 307 Stratoliner, the first pressurized airliner; the Boeing 367-80 Dash 80, the prototype for the Boeing 707, America's first commercial jet airliner; and an Air France Concorde, the first supersonic airliner.

Location in Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Map of Udvar-Hazy Center highlighting the display in the main hanger, 3 sections to the back left.
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