Exhibitions

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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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Nieuport 28C.1 at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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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Loon Missile
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Sea-Air Operations

Sea-Air Operations features a reproduction of a carrier hangar deck. Artifacts include the Boeing F4B-4, Grumman FM-1 Wildcat, Douglas Dauntless SBD, and Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.

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Sea-Air Operations

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Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

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 Race

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Glenn and Gagarin Spacesuits in Space Race
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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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Space Science

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Vega Solar System Probe Bus and Landing Apparatus at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

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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Sport Aviation

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Grob 102 Standard Astir III at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age

The 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first successful airplane, serves as the centerpiece of this exhibition, which tells the story of how Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane.

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The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age

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Wright Brothers Exhibition - Gallery Section 1
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Time and Navigation

This exhibition explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how we find our way.

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Time and Navigation

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Apollo Sextant and Scanning Telescope
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Ultralight Aircraft

The concept of gliders propelled by small engines emerged in the 1920s, but didn't rise in popularity until the 1970s. The ultralights on display include Cosmos Phase II, which appeared in the movie Fly Away Home.

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Ultralight Aircraft

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Cosmos Phase II ultralight
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

Vertical Flight

Helicopters come closer than any other aircraft to achieving the birdlike freedom humanity has always envied. Learn about the history of helicopters from the first rotary-wing aircraft (autogiro) to the XV-15.

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Vertical Flight

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Bell XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

World War II Aviation

This exhibition gallery memorializes the men and air machines of World War II.

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World War II Aviation

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Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

World War II Aviation

Aircraft demonstrating some of the major technological advancements during World War II.

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World War II Aviation

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Enola Gay  at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

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