High Speed Flight

New This Month

Wonder Woman has the invisible jet, Batman has the silent batwing, and the military has the B-2 and the F-117. Learn about actual stealth aircraft and the science behind making a sneaky flying machine.

Museum educator Ann Caspari will read the original story At the Air Show. In this story, Lou goes to an air show at the local airport, and the three friends are inspired by the fast flying jets and their cool maneuvers to create high flying kites. After the story, we will make simple kites that you can take outside and fly. 

Do you want to learn more about the intriguing, and sometimes sneaky, science behind becoming undetectable? Join the STEM in 30 team and a stealth expert as they take your questions. 

Programs and activities will take a look at planes that go fast -  in racing, in the military, and in commercial aviation.  Participants will learn about the different speeds airplanes can go! Take part in a free activity and discover which airplanes are the fastest for transportation!

Can you imagine going faster than the speed of sound during your next flight? When taking a Concorde, that's exactly what passengers would do! But since the retirement of that famous aircraft in 2003, there hasn't been a commercial aircraft that flies faster than the speed of sound. NASA is trying to change that. 

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Bell X-1

On October 14, 1947, flying the Bell XS-1 #1, Capt. Charles 'Chuck’ Yeager, USAF, became the first pilot to fly faster than sound.

The XS-1, later designated X-l, reached Mach 1.06, 700 mph, at an altitude of 43,000 feet, over the Mojave Desert near Muroc Dry Lake, California. The flight demonstrated that aircraft could be designed to fly faster than sound, and the concept of a ‘sound barrier" crumbled into myth.

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Meet the Blackbird

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird

No reconnaissance aircraft in history has operated globally in more hostile airspace or with such complete impunity than the SR-71, the world's fastest jet-propelled aircraft.

The Blackbird's performance and operational achievements placed it at the pinnacle of aviation technology developments during the Cold War.

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