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Visit us in Washington, DC and Chantilly, VA to explore hundreds of the world’s most significant objects in aviation and space history.
Learn how aviation and spaceflight transformed the world.
The lunar module represents one of humanity’s greatest achievements: landing people on another heavenly body.
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How has the life and legacy of John Glenn inspired your own life?
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Hamilton Standard Controllable Pitch Propeller
This propeller, one of the first produced by Hamilton Standard, represented a major advance in aircraft technology. It allowed a pilot to adjust the blade’s pitch to provide the best performance at different air speeds—similar to changing gears in a car or on a bicycle. On takeoff the pilot chose a lower pitch to make the blade spin faster and provide maximum power. In flight the pilot switched to a higher pitch to make the blade spin slower and conserve fuel.The propeller is preserved in “used” condition.