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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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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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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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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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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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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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center On View Exhibition

World War II German Aviation

While the German Luftwaffe demonstrated early successes in the use of airpower during World War II, and spurred many technological advancements, faulty military strategy and mismanagement of aircraft development programs ultimately led to its downfall.

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World War II German Aviation

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