Exhibitions

Visit our Museum and other popular Smithsonian destinations on the National Mall in Washington, DC, or visit our Udvar-Hazy Center in nearby Chantilly, VA.

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General Aviation

Learn about the history and aircraft that are part of general aviation, the civilian aircraft not flown by commercial carriers or the military.

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How Things Fly

How Things Fly explains the basic principles that allow aircraft and spacecraft to fly.

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Human Spaceflight

The Human Spaceflight exhibition station illustrates one of the great achievements of the modern age as nations have developed the technology for human spaceflight.

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Interwar Military Aviation

The airplane emerged from World War I recognized widely for its potential as a military weapon. In the United States, Army pilots and Navy and Marine aviators worked to realize their different visions of the airplane’s ultimate role in American defense.

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Interwar Military Aviation

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Korea and Vietnam Aviation

Learn about America's first swept-wing jet fighter, the F-86 Sabre, and its arch rival, the Soviet MiG-15. You'll also find out how helicopters came into their own during these conflicts.

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Korea and Vietnam Aviation

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Modern Military Aviation

The development of more advanced and precise air power after World War II.

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Moving Beyond Earth

Moving Beyond Earth traces the recent history of human spaceflight and explores future possibilities.

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Pre-1920 Aviation

The Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with their historic first flights at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903. The influence of their invention is beyond measure. The transport by air of goods and people, quickly and over great distances, and the military applications of flight technology have had vast economic, geopolitical, and cultural impact around the globe. The Wrights helped fashion a radically new world.  

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Pre-1920 Aviation

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Rockets and Missiles

Learn how rocketry got a boost in the 20th century, altering warfare and taking humans into space.

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Rockets and Missiles

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Space Race

Space Race describes the U.S.-Soviet space rivalry and its aftermath, from the military origins of the Space Race, through the race to the Moon and the development of reconnaissance satellites, to cooperative efforts to maintain a human presence in space.

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Space Science

Learn about the broad range of science performed by vehicles that travel into the Earth's atmosphere and beyond. The relatively young field of space science ranges from Earth observation to planetary exploration to astronomy and astrophysics.

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Sport Aviation

It's not for military, commercial, or business — sport aviation is all about flying for pleasure. Learn about gliders, homebuilts, ultralights, and more.

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