Exhibitions

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Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

 Modern military UAV's are playing an ever greater roll in the armed forces, from reconnaissance to combat missions.

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MQ-1L Predator A in the Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles exhibition
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Modern Military Aviation

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

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Lockheed Martin X-35B STOVL
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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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Boy Asks Question of Space Shuttle Atlantis Crew
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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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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
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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
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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 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
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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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Sport Aviation

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Grob 102 Standard Astir III at the Udvar-Hazy Center
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The Wright Brothers and 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 and The Invention of the Aerial Age

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Wright Brothers Exhibition - Gallery Section 1
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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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Apollo Sextant and Scanning Telescope
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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye!

Small exhibit featuring historic Transformers toys, aviation- and Jetfire-related characters, and props used in the major motion picture Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, a portion of which was filmed at the Museum.

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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye!

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Transformer: Optimus Prime

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