This gallery features the planes, personalities and aviation events that marked the years between the two world wars. Included are the Wittman Buster, Beechcraft Staggerwing, Curtiss Robin Ole Miss, Hughes H-1 Racer, and Northrop Gamma Polar Star.
This gallery resembled an indoor aeronautical exhibition of 1913 and covers the birth and early years of the air age. Planes on display included the 1909 Wright Military Flyer (world's first military airplane), the Ecker Flying boat, a 1911 Curtiss Pusher and an 1894 Lilienthal glider.
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.
This gallery explored two key technologies that have made spaceflight possible: rockets and spacesuits. But it also paid tribute to the dreamers, writers, and visionaries whose ideas inspired many of the pioneers who would help realize humanity’s dream of spaceflight.
It demonstrated how science fiction—at least some of it—became fact, and how Chinese fireworks rockets ultimately led to titanic vehicles that sent people to the Moon. Many types of rocket engines were on display, along with an intriguing collection of flight suits and spacesuits.