This gallery resembles an indoor aeronautical exhibition of 1913 and covers the birth and early years of the air age. Planes on display include the 1909 Wright Military Flyer (world's first military airplane), the Ecker Flying boat, a 1911 Curtiss Pusher and an 1894 Lilienthal glider.
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.
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.
This exhibition contrasts the popular perceptions of World War I aviation with the war's harsh reality. The gallery also reviews the enduring legacy of strategic bombing, which was first introduced during World War I. Planes include SPAD XIII and Albatros D.Va.